On the Radio

WMHT at 2:00pm, Friday, March 12th

Irving Fine’s masterpiece for strings Serious Song – A Lament is a remarkably rich-textured and engaging work commissioned by the Louisville Orchestra and first performed in 1955. It has received six performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and was also recorded by them under the direction of Erich Leinsdorf. Additional performances have included those of the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein.

The performance to be broadcast by WMHT at 2:00pm, Friday, March 12th is by CITV’s Broad Street Orchestra under the direction of Artistic Director David Smith. It was recorded at a February 16th, 2020 concert offered at The School │ Jack Shainman Gallery in Kinderhook, NY.

poster for replay of Dec 2018 Lessons and Carols service

Irving Fine (1914-1962) is among an important group of American neoclassical composers of the mid-20th century, sometimes referred to as the “Boston Six” or “Boston School.” Other members of the Boston School included Arthur Berger, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss, and Harold Shapero. Fine studied at Harvard and in France with Nadia Boulanger, as did CITV Artistic Director David Smith.

Along with other commentators, Smith observes that “Fine’s works are so carefully written and have such finish that each and every note is essential to the result – none is extraneous. His writing is for me an ideal balance of care and emotion, always touching mind and heart.”

Concerts in the Village (CITV) very much looks forward to resumption of “actual” programming, just as soon as it is safely and responsibly possible to do so. Artistic Director David Smith is hopeful that this will be in the fall of this year (2021), marking the beginning of CITV’s 2021-2022 season, its 11th. For updates please visit https://www.concertsinthevillage.org/

Further information about The School │Jack Shainman Gallery is available at https://jackshainman.com/the_school

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Some Photos

David Smith at piano with chorus rehearsing
David Smith at piano with chorus rehearsing

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

CITV concerts are made possible by the generous support of many individual, institutional and business supporters, including the T. Backer Fund, CITV Emerging Singer Fund, The Alexander and Marjorie Hover Foundation, Hudson River Bank and Trust Company Foundation, Eugene M. Lang Foundation, Price Chopper Golub Foundation, and Stewart’s Shops. Kinderhook Reformed Church is especially acknowledged for its many in-kind donations

David Smith at his Steinway