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19 October 2021 10:13AM
David Smith

Kameryn Lueng, mezzo-soprano

Concerts in the Village (CITV), Kinderhook, NY announces the second program of its 11th season of orchestral, choral, and chamber music. At 3:00pm on Sunday, October 24th at Van Buren Hall, four brilliant singers join the Broad Street Orchestra, David Smith conducting, in a program featuring works of Bach and Mozart, including the latter’s always appealing Symphony No. 29. This will be CITV’s 44th concert. Among the outstanding young singers performing are two recent graduates of the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program, and two Tanglewood Vocal Fellows.

Two cantatas by Bach, and two concert arias and a very spirited symphony by Mozart celebrate the vocal and instrumental marvels of the baroque and classical eras. Bach’s reassuring solo Cantata 170 marks mezzo-soprano Kameryn Lueng’s fifth CITV appearance. A graduate of Bard’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program and 2019 Tanglewood Vocal Fellow, Lueng is currently pursuing advanced studies in Cleveland. Solo Cantata 51, well-known for its vocal and trumpet fireworks, follows, and will feature Burmese-American soprano Robin Steitz, an Eastman School of Music Graduate and former Tanglewood Vocal Fellow. She has sung throughout the U.S. and in Europe. While at Tanglewood Steitz performed Bach under the direction of the distinguished American composer John Harbison. She has also been a semi-finalist in the 2021 Naumburg Competition, and a winner of the Buffalo/Toronto District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Two of the best-known virtuoso concert arias of Mozart will be sung by soloists previously appearing in CITV’s 2019 performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Both are graduates of Bard’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program. Tenor Maximillian Jansen sings the intense “Misero! O sogno.” Jansen’s most recent CITV appearance was as Acis in Handel’s pastoral opera Acis and Galatea. A versatile performer comfortable singing works from the Renaissance to the present day, he is known for “his confident timbre and pleasing voice” (Millbrook Independent). Hailed for her “delicate, yet strong vocalism” (Millbrook Independent), soprano Jardena Gertler-Jaffe is from Saskatchewan, Canada. She will sing Mozart’s fiery “Bella mia fiamma, addio,” one of the most challenging of Mozart’s arias.

To conclude the October program the Broad Street Orchestra performs Mozart’s Symphony 29, according to CITV Artistic Director David Smith “a work possessing both charm and strength, and often regarded as the first of the composer’s mature symphonies.” And for the Mozart scholar Stanley Sadie, this popular work is “a landmark . . . personal in tone . . . perhaps more individual in its combination of an intimate, chamber music style with a still fiery and impulsive manner.”

As in the past, for this concert there is a suggested contribution of $ 20, with students free. Please see below for Covid-related precautions and requirements, and http://www.concertsinthevillage.org for updates. Van Buren Hall is located at 6 Chatham Street (US Route 9) in the Village of Kinderhook. Lift available. An early arrival is recommended.

This concert is underwritten by the CITV Emerging Singer Fund, an initiative committed to providing valuable opportunities for singers during the early years of their careers or while pursuing advanced studies.

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, Alexander and Marjorie Hover Foundation, Hudson River Bank and Trust Company Foundation, Eugene M. Lang Foundation, Northlands Foundation, and Stewart’s Shops/Dake Family Foundation. Kinderhook Reformed Church is especially acknowledged for its many in-kind donations.

Covid Precautions and Requirements: As of September 1, 2021, for entry to its events Concerts in the Village (CITV) requires either 1) proof of vaccination, or 2) for those individuals not fully vaccinated (including individuals under the age of 12), proof of a negative Covid PCR test (taken within 48 hours of performance). Please be prepared to show appropriate documentation. During your visit masking is required when inside. Completed vaccination, or if not possible negative PCR test, is likewise required of performers; however masking is not required while performing. If advisable CITV may choose to postpone, cancel or alter previously announced programming. This statement is subject to modification at any time. Thank you for your cooperation.

For Covid updates and additional CITV information, please visit http://www.concertsinthevillage.org.

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