Concerts in the Village 

presents choral and instrumental classical music in Kinderhook, NY.

“A stunning all Handel concert at the Kinderhook Reformed Church on November 9 was one of the finest musical events of its kind in many seasons.  Maestro Smith has brought his musical forces to heights of musical grandeur.  .  .  .  This third Handel concert of the series reached heights of sustained musical beauty….In a short time ‘Concerts in the Village’ has taken on a major musical role in the Upper Hudson Valley.”
-John Paul Keeler, On the Scene, Columbia-Green Media, Nov 15, 2014

February 12, 2017 (Sunday)

Twentieth Century at the School, 2:00 p.m. Donation $20

Magically textured 20th century music for strings (BSO), women’s voices (BSC), and soloists.  The School | Jack Shainman Gallery.

  • R. Vaughan Williams:  Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
  • Benjamin Britten:  Les Illuminations, op. 18 (Amanda Boyd, soprano)
  • Camille Saints-Saëns:  La Nuit, op. 114 (soprano TBA; Elizabeth Chinery, flute)
  • Francis Poulenc:  Litanies à la Vierge Noire, FP 82 (2nd version)
  • Arthur Foote:  Suite for String Orchestra, op. 63

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The New Season:

Concerts in the Village 2016-2017

Broad Street Chorale (BSC) & Broad Street Orchestra (BSO)

October 1, 2016

Annual Benefit Concert, Stuyvesant, 4:00 p.m. Donation $100 (minimum per person)

In support of its 2016-2017 season, at 4:00 p.m. on October 1, 2016 CITV’s annual benefit concert and reception – Artists Thanking Donors – will once again be held at picturesque Keene Farm in Stuyvesant. Exceptional music making by CITV performers, followed by food and libation. Each person who has donated $100 or more to CITV since last year’s Annual Benefit Concert may attend. Note that seating is limited to 100. Further details, including directions, will be sent to qualifying contributors to CITV’s annual appeal and are also available at 518-758-6869.

Artists Thanking Donors was first offered in 2013 and highlights the rich body of instrumental and vocal talent featured in CITV’s regular concerts. The benefit concert is about an hour in length and is followed by a sumptuous reception, with a particularly dramatic vista of the Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains to the west. Music, fine food, libation, and a spectacular setting – a combination not to be missed!

October 29, 2016

Baroque & Classical, Kinderhook, 4:00 p.m. Donation $20

A baroque-classical program reintroducing the long-neglected, but acoustically superb performing space on the second level of the Kinderhook Village Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook, NY

  • S. Bach:  Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, BWV 1046a (1st version)
  • F. Handel:  Concerto grosso in e minor, HWV 321
  • C. F. Bach:  Sinfonia in d minor, HW I/3
  • A. Mozart:  Two Concert Arias, K.272 and K. 374 (Kameryn Lueng, soprano)
  • Haydn:  Symphony 22 in E flat (“Der Philosoph”), Hob I:22

November 13, 2016

21 Broad Street, Kinderhook NY, 3:00 p.m. Donation $20

High drama for chorus (BSC), orchestra (BSO) and soprano, countertenor, tenor, and baritone soloists.

Katherine Rossiter (soprano), Daniel Moody (countertenor), Christopher Sokolowski (tenor), and Peter Rolfe Dauz (baritone

Kinderhook Reformed Church.

  • Coronation anthem no. 1:  Zadok the Priest, HWV 258
  • Aria “Look down, harmonious saint,” HWV 124
  • Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74
  • Concerto a due cori no. 1 in B flat, HWV 332
  • Dettingen Te Deum, HWV 283

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December 9 and 18, 2016

Music of the holiday season, Kinderhook

December 9, in the recently renovated Kinderhook Village Hall (second floor) space for Candlelight Night in the Village of Kinderhook, and, as traditionally, on December 18 at Kinderhook Reformed Church for the seventh annual Celebration of Lessons and Carols. (BSC)

February 12, 2017 (Sunday)

Twentieth Century at the School, 2:00 p.m. Donation $20

Magically textured 20th century music for strings (BSO), women’s voices (BSC), and soloists.  The School | Jack Shainman Gallery.

  • R. Vaughan Williams:  Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
  • Benjamin Britten:  Les Illuminations, op. 18 (Amanda Boyd, soprano)
  • Camille Saints-Saëns:  La Nuit, op. 114 (soprano TBA; Elizabeth Chinery, flute)
  • Francis Poulenc:  Litanies à la Vierge Noire, FP 82 (2nd version)
  • Arthur Foote:  Suite for String Orchestra, op. 63

April 2, 2017

Masterpieces from the Classical Age, Kinderhook, 3:00 p.m. Donation $20

For chorus (BSC), orchestra (BSO), and soloists.  Kinderhook Reformed Church.

  • C. Bach:  Overture to Artaserse, W.G 1
  • Haydn:  Sinfonia Concertante in B flat, Hob I:105 (Elizabeth Silver, violin; Erica Pickhardt, cello; Karen Hosmer, oboe; Cornelia McGiver, bassoon)
  • A. Mozart:  Great Mass in c minor, K. 427 (soloists TBA)

Late spring Saturday, 2017 (Under consideration)

Igor Stravinsky, Kinderhook, 4:00 p.m. Donation $20

Igor Stravinsky ’s wonderfully engaging tale Histoire du Soldat and other works (BSO members with narrator).  Kinderhook Village Hall.

At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, Concerts in the Village offers its twentieth program: 20th Century Music for Strings and Women’s Voices. Works by Vaughan Williams, Britten, Saint-Saëns, Poulenc and Foote will feature the women of the Broad Street Chorale and strings of the Broad Street Orchestra, joined by sopranos Amanda Boyd and Caroline Dunigan, and flutist Elizabeth Chinery. David Smith, CITV’s Artistic Director, will conduct. This concert will be CITV’s third at The School | Jack Shainman Gallery, one of the region’s most remarkable spaces for the presentation of contemporary art.

The roster of the Broad Street Orchestra includes many of the region’s finest and most experienced string players. In programming this concert Artistic Director Smith has chosen to highlight this special strength. Vaughan Williams’ justly famous Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis opens the concert and is for many a premiere example of string sonority. Written in 1910 for a performance in England’s Gloucester Cathedral, this is a work ideally suited to the resonant acoustic of the main exhibition space of The School.

The exciting song cycle Les Illuminations of 1939 follows and is one of Benjamin Britten’s most ingenious creations. Setting poems by the elusive French writer Arthur Rimbaud, Les Illuminations is a work of incredible variety, and one full of musical challenges. The cycle is ideally suited to the well-known talents of singer Amanda Boyd, a frequent CITV guest artist. Although resident in Columbia County, Ms. Boyd is originally from England, where her teachers included the great soprano Janet Baker. According to David Smith, “Amanda and I have for quite a number of years been tempted by Les Illuminations. I am thrilled that we are at last realizing our earlier discussions.”

Following intermission, the strings of the Broad Street Orchestra are joined by the women of the Broad Street Chorale, soprano Caroline Dunigan and flutist Elizabeth Chinery, for the incredibly lush, but unjustifiably neglected La Nuit (1900) of Camille Saint-Saëns. With its many ethereal moments, and even bird-like imitations, La Nuit will prove another work ideally suited to the acoustic of The School. Caroline Dunigan is a recipient of the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Encouragement Award and a graduate student of the Bard College Conservatory of Music Vocal Arts Program. She has been hailed as “a regal bearing, sparkling soprano . . .”

Francis Poulenc’s mystical Litanies à la Vierge Noire for women’s voices with organ was written in 1936, but revised in 1947, when the composer substituted strings for the organ. It is this seldom heard revision which will be performed on February 12. Poulenc’s Litanies is a mystical, chant-like creation, and another work ideally suited to The School.

With Arthur Foote’s Suite for String Orchestra, op. 63, the concert returns to America. Foote was one of a very fine group of composers known variously as the Boston Six, the Second New England School, or the New England Classicists. This suite was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1909. Its virtuoso string writing and great textural variety guarantee an exciting finish to CITV’s concert.

On the afternoon of this concert The School will be open to the public beginning at 1:oo p.m.   The current exhibition is ANDRES SERRANO: Selected Works 1984-2015 and Home Room, a multimedia group exhibition featuring works by Huma Bhabha, Nick Cave, Turiya Magadlela, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Claudette Schreuders, Laurie Simmons, Michael Snow, Becky Suss and Carlos Vega.   Note: This exhibition contains graphic imagery including violence, nudity and sexual content.

This concert is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund. Generous funding has also been received from Hudson River Bank & Trust Company Foundation, Stewart’s Holiday Match program, and from many individual and business supporters.

RECENTLY:

Masterpieces of the Romantic Age

by Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Wagner

Sunday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m.

21 Broad Street, Kinderhook, NY David Smith, Artistic Director and Conductor

Program

  • Richard Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
  • Johannes Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, op. 53
  • Johannes Brahms: Schicksalslied
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Come, let us sing for joy, op. 46
  • Felix Mendelssohn: As pants the hart, op. 42,
    • Amanda Boyd-Grout, soprano
    • Vicki Smith, mezzo-soprano
    • Marjorie Elinor Dix, alto
    • Jon Morrell, tenor

 

Some Photos

David Smith at piano with chorus rehearsing
David Smith at piano with chorus rehearsing
David Smith at his Steinway