Kinderhook, New York
Local culture | Local living
1 February 2016 07:37PM
David Smith

Concerts in the Village (CITV) continues its sixth season at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 7th with Arthur Honegger’s powerful oratorio King David, in its original 1921 orchestration. The concert will be held at the Jack Shainman Gallery: The School, in the Village of Kinderhook. The School is one of the region’s newest and most interesting architectural transformations, and is fast becoming an international destination for art lovers.

Led by David Smith, CITV’s Artistic Director and Conductor, this dramatic work will feature over 50 performers, including the Broad Street Chorale, the Broad Street Orchestra, soprano Amanda Boyd-Grout, mezzo soprano Vicki Smith, tenor David Rudnick, speaker Wendy Spielmann, and as Narrator, Benjamin Luxon.

CITV is honored that Luxon will be delivering the moving narration of King David. Well known as a speaker and actor, Luxon’s distinguished earlier career as a singer earned him accolades all over the world. His memorable baritone voice was heard in a wide range of operatic, orchestral and recital repertoire. Luxon performed in nearly every major opera house, in addition to frequent appearances with the world’s great orchestras, including the Boston Symphony. “I cannot imagine a more compelling voice to narrate King David – rich, direct, beautifully modulated, in a word unforgettable.” says Smith. “That Benjamin Luxon will be with us is truly special.”

King David recounts in the most colorful musical terms the life of David, including his time as a shepherd, victories in battle, rise to power, pursuit of another’s man’s wife, painful distress at his son’s death, disregard of God, and moving end of life. For Smith “This story has it all and Honegger’s music – somehow created in a mere two months! – spares no emotion. King David is justly popular.”

In addition to the Honegger oratorio, the program includes chamber works of his fellow composer Francis Poulenc, performed by flutist Elizabeth Chinery and pianists Noah Palmer and David Smith. This will be CITV’s 17th performance since in founding in 2010. As the late critic John Paul Keeler has written: “Concerts in the Village is fast becoming a major musical treasure.”

Contribution of $ 20 includes an off-site reception immediately following. The Jack Shainman Gallery: The School is at 25 Broad Street (US Route 9) in the Village of Kinderhook.

To be assured seating and for further information please visit: http://www.concertsinthevillage.org

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

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