10th Anniversary Season

The School

Sunday, November 10, at 3:00pm

Kinderhook Reformed Church
21 Broad Street (US Rte 9), Kinderhook, NY 12106

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Dona Nobis Pacem

Texts by Walt Whitman
Celebrating the Bicentennial of his Birth

The Lark Ascending

Elizabeth Silver violin

Serenade to Music

Noah Palmer, Assistant Conductor

Broad Street Chorale
Broad Street Orchestra
Caroline Dunigan soprano, Jon Morrell tenor

Concerts in the Village continues its 10th Anniversary Season on Sunday November 10th when the Broad Street Chorale, the Broad Street Orchestra and soloists perform well-known works of Ralph Vaughan Williams, one of 20th c. Britain’s most important and popular composers. Included will be the Serenade to Music (1938), The Lark Ascending (1914-1921) with soloist Elizabeth Silver, and the dramatic oratorio Dona nobis pacem (1936) setting texts primarily by Walt Whitman. With the oratorio CITV honors the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birth. 

Composed during the anxious period between WWI and WWII, Dona nobis pacem was written in the hope that there would be no more war. It is not so much an anti-war statement as it is a plea for peace. Utilizing fragments of the Latin Mass, three poems from Whitman’s best-known work, Leaves of Grass, and passages drawn from a powerful address to the British Parliament attempting to avert the Crimean War, this dynamic oratorio touches both nerves and soul, its moods ranging from pastoral contemplation to the drum beats of war. The work’s quiet conclusion affirms Vaughan Williams’ hoped-for resolution, which history was regrettably to deny.

 Elizabeth Silver, who performs the violin concerto The Lark Ascending, one of Vaughan Williams’ best-known works, is a member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra and Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, and since 2012 concertmaster of the Broad Street Orchestra. As a member of the Broad Street Chamber Players, her CITV chamber music performances have been frequent and warmly received, including Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale. Ms. Silver is also known for her teaching, both privately and at the Emma Willard School in Troy.

 For The Serenade to Music and Dona Nobis Pacem vocal soloists will be soprano Caroline Dunigan and tenor Jon Morrell. Ms. Dunigan has appeared to enthusiastic acclaim in three previous CITV concerts, and now resides in the Washington, DC area. Jon Morrell, resident in Chatham but singing internationally, has often appeared on CITV programs, most recently performing Schubert’s Winterreise with CITV Artistic Director David Smith. Assistant Conductor Noah Palmer, recently appointed Artistic Director of the Battenkill Chorale, will lead The Serenade to Music, a particularly rich setting of text from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.

 Says CITV Artistic Director David Smith, “The eight concerts of our 10th Anniversary Season say much about our uncompromising programming, our performing strengths, and our institutional history. The body of talent we gather to accomplish this, nearly all of it regionally resident, has made much possible.” The concert on November 10th will be CITV’s 40th performance.

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

Caroline Dunigan, soprano

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