Cook to perform R.L. Stevenson’s ‘Songs of Travel’

On Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Saranac Village at Will Rogers, George Cook will sing Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Songs of Travel” with musical accompaniment. Also performing will be the Adirondack String Quartet, who will entertain with the music of Schubert.

George Spicer Cook, family physician, pediatrician and vocalist, will perform poems written by Stevenson (who spent the winter of 1887-1888 in Saranac Lake) that have been set to music by the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) in 1904. Cook, who is retiring from full-time medical work, calls the performance “a retirement present to himself.” Cook will be backed by his friends in the Adirondack String Quartet along with Helen Demong on piano and Lynn Waickman on recorder.

Cook has performed with Gregg Smith as part of the Adirondack Festival of Music, with the Saranac Lake Madrigal Singers, with Director Drew Benware and the Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble and with Helen Demong and the Northern Lights Choir. He calls the Stevenson-Vaughan concert “his most risky musical adventure.”

As well as performing with Cook, the Adirondack String Quartet will perform Schubert’s “String Quartet Number 9.” The Adirondack String Quartet features Elaine Dewar on violin, Susan Berkowitz on violin, Dorit Gaedtke on viola and Brian Donat on cello. Dewar has performed with the Orchestra of Northern New York, the Harrisburg Symphony, and the Bronx Opera Orchestra and with artists such as Joni Mitchell, Johnny Mathis, Vic Damone and Luciano Pavarotti. She is the current Artistic Director for the Tri-Lakes Community Orchestra. Berkowitz studied at the Manhattan School of Music and graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has performed in New York, Los Angeles and Boston. Gaedtke has performed in front of audiences from Heidelberg to Portland Oregon to Saranac Lake. She is a member of the Backwater Recorder Consort and the Northern Lights Choir. She manages the Tri-Lakes Community Orchestra. Donat graduated from Houghton College in 2007. He plays at weddings, shows and concerts and also performs with the Glens Falls Musical Academy and teaches lessons in his home in Plattsburgh.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Debbie Kanze at 518-891-7117.