Maurice Whitney — Premier at The Queensbury

This is the latest in an occasional series of posts about Maurice Whitney, head of music at Glens Falls School District for 25 years.

The Queensbury Hotel was the location for the world premier of a new music work at a Glens Falls Rotary Club luncheon on March 20, 1947.

A quintet of Glens Falls High School student musicians performed Maurice Whitney’s new composition “Adagio and Fugue.”

Musicians were Alfred Sweet, flute; Ester Titus, violin; Marilyn Langell, clarinet; Kathleen Lowe, viola; and Adeline Bemis, cello.

“The composer conducted the group in its presentation of the selection, which was favorably received, The Post-Star reported the next day.

Whitney also conducted the High School Choir in seven selections, including the 15th century hymn “Jesu Duleis Memoria, by Vittoria;” “It Cannot be a Strange Countree,” by Charles Rapper; “Land Sighting,” by Grieg; and the French Canadian folk song “Alouette.”

Five days later Whitney was back at The Queensbury, this time as a solo pianist sharing a program with harpist Helen Gelman Rosoff at a Glens Falls Zonta Club dinner meeting.

Whitney performed “Arioso” by Bach, “Sonata Pathetique” by Beethoven, and his own arrangement of “Soon” from Gershwin’s “Strike up the Band,” with “Water Lilly” as an encore, The Post-Star reported on March 26.

Rosoff performed “Night Breeze” and “Song in the Night” by Salzedo,”Gigue” by Corelli, and “En Bateau” by Debussy, “Girl With Flaxen Hair” by Debussy for an encore.

Click here to read my most recent previous post in this series.

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Maury Thompson

Freelance history writer and documentary film producer from Ticonderoga, NY