David Smith, CITV Artistic Director (Photo: TKPhelps)
Concerts in the Village (CITV) has announced the continuation of its 2017-2018 season. Four concerts will follow this past fall’s well-received offerings of J. C. Bach, Michael Haydn and Mozart at Van Buren Hall, and Handel’s monumental oratorio Israel in Egypt at Kinderhook Reformed Church.
“With three of these concerts CITV draws upon its rich pool of regionally-based talent in smaller-scale chamber music programs presented in the acoustically special 19th c. Van Buren Hall,” says CITV Artistic Director David Smith. “I think of these as very much like house concerts – with all the immediacy and intimacy that format implies. The appealing scale of Van Buren Hall, neither large nor small, is perfect for what we are offering. I know our listeners will feel very much at home. Our fourth offering, at the Kinderhook Reformed Church, is much larger in scale and features CITV’s primary resident ensembles, the Broad Street Chorale and Broad Street Orchestra in significant works of Beethoven and Mendelssohn.”
MUSIC AND THE PROGRESSION OF LIFE: SCHUMANN’S KINDERSZENEN AND SCHUBERT’S WINTERREISE
4:00pm, Saturday, February 24; Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook, NY. $20 contribution. Tenor Jon Morrell, pianists Noah Palmer and David Smith.
Two expressive commentaries on youth and maturity. Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen cycle for piano (1838) presents 13 brief “imaginings,” powerfully compressing emotions from the early years of life. Franz Schubert’s haunting Winterreise (1827) is a “winter journey” through maturity, regarded by many as the greatest song cycle ever written, unforgettable music, inescapably powerful.
Preview talk by David Smith and Jon Morrell: 5:00pm, Saturday, February 10, Kinderhook Memorial Library, 18 Hudson Street, Kinderhook, NY 12106; 518-758-6192
FRENCH MUSIC FROM THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY: VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL WORKS OF LILI BOULANGER, NADIA BOULANGER, MAURICE RAVEL AND CLAUDE DEBUSSY
4:00pm, Saturday, March 24; Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook, NY. $20 contribution.
Sopranos Amanda Boyd and Andrea Bargabos, tenor Jon Morrell, violinist Elizabeth Silver, cellist Jay Shulman, flutist Elizabeth Chinery, pianists Noah Palmer & David Smith.
Acknowledging the centennials of the deaths of Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) and Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Eight pieces of Lili Boulanger, including intense songs from the cycle Clairières dans le ciel; seven gorgeous songs and Trois Pièces for cello from Lili’s renowned sister Nadia (teacher of CITV Artistic Director David Smith); Maurice Ravel’s exotic Chansons madécasses for soprano, flute, cello and piano; and Debussy’s last important work, his virtuosic Sonata for Violin and Piano. In sum, Paris in the early 20th century, impressionism and post-impressionism, with remembrance of “The Great War.”
Preview talk by David Smith and others: 4:00pm, Saturday, March 17, Kinderhook Memorial Library, 18 Hudson Street, Kinderhook, NY 12106; 518-758-6192
BEETHOVEN AND MENDELSSOHN: SECOND SYMPHONIES FROM THE ROMANTIC AGE
3:00pm, Sunday, April 8; Kinderhook Reformed Church, 21 Broad Street, Kinderhook, NY. $20 contribution.
The Broad Street Chorale, the Broad Street Orchestra, sopranos Caroline Dunigan and Chloë Schaaf, and tenor Jon Morrell. David Smith conducts.
Three important works of early 19th c. Romanticism: Mendelssohn’s seldom heard concert aria Infelice (1843), Beethoven’s spirited Symphony No. 2 in D major (1801-02), and Mendelssohn’s monumental Symphony-Cantata Lobgesang (1840) for large orchestra, chorus and soloists. Lyricism and grandeur brilliantly combined in one listening experience.
Preview talk by David Smith: 4:00pm, Saturday, March 31, Kinderhook Memorial Library, 18 Hudson Street, Kinderhook, NY 12106; 518-758-6192
A 19TH CENTURY GERMAN SONGBOOK FOR VOICES AND PIANO FOUR-HANDS
4:00pm, Saturday, April 14; Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook, NY. $20 contribution.
Soprano Paulina Swierczek, mezzo-soprano Chloë Schaaf, tenor Eric Carey, bass Luke MacMillan, and pianists Florence Mak and Bethany Pietroniro.
With this concert CITV celebrates and supports the impressive talents of four singers from the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program and two Bard Collaborative Piano Fellows. Featured will be duets and quartets by Brahms, Fanny Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, and Schubert, as well as four-hand piano works by Clara Schumann and Schubert. Included will be Brahms’ beloved Liebeslieder, op. 52 (1868). Come and be entranced by these exceptional young artists!
Further information at http://www.concertsinthevillage.org
CITV concerts are made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia, Greene and Schoharie Counties by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund. Generous funding has also been received from the Hudson River Bank and Trust Company Foundation, T. Backer Fund, Alexander & Marjorie Hover Foundation, and Stewart’s Shops, as well as from many individual and business supporters. Kinderhook Reformed Church is especially acknowledged for its many in-kind donations.