Once again, thanks are due to the Church of the Messiah and its minister of music, Jeremy West, for bringing a fine concert to Glens Falls last Saturday evening (Jan. 27). Pianist Margarita Rovenskaya performed selections (all by memory) from Debussy and Chopin in a one-hour concert that deserved far greater attendance than the 40 people in the audience. She was most convincing in her nimble delivery of Debussy's distinctive chromaticism in Mouvement as well as in Chopin's demanding Fantasie-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor. Contradicting Chopin's express instruction not to publish any unpublished manuscripts after his death, the Fantasie-Impromptu was published posthumously and has become one of his most performed pieces. We are the luckier for it. And Rovenskaya did it proud.
Born in the Ukraine, Rovenskaya began studying piano in Chicago at age 6. She now performs and teaches in New York City. She has won a number of impressive competitions and awards, including the Westminster Piano Competition, the Mary Smart International Concerto Competition and the American Fine Arts Festival competition. She has performed at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, in Steinway Hall and in numerous international venues.
All of which is to say that all but 40 people missed one of those little treasures that enrich the cultural community in which we live. Thanks again to the hosts and sponsors.
Charles F. Adams, Hudson Falls