Thursday, May 24, 2018

Hudson Valley Choral Society Spring Concert

HUDSON VALLEY CHORAL SOCIETY announces their Spring Concert, 2018, titled “The Glory of Old Russia in Song”. The featured work of the program, Missa Sancti Spiritus by Aleksandr Gretchaninov (1864-1956,) is an emotional, expressive setting of the mass. Composed one year after the Moscow-born composer emigrated to the U.S. In 1939, the piece contains many bursts of Romantic Russian nationalism. Some movements have a haunting, ancient sound, while others are sunny and light, reminiscent of Fauré’s Requiem.  The program also includes works by Russian composers Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Bortniansky, and several pieces from American Composer Randall Thompson’s ‘Frostiana”.

Gretchen Rueckheim, Conductor, also serves as the choir director and organist at the First Reformed Church in Chatham. She teaches piano and instrumental music at the Little Falls School of Music in Kinderhook. Ms.Rueckheim currently performs as a member of the Cantilena Chamber Choir in western Massachusetts. She has a B.A. in music from SUNY Fredonia and a Masters in Music Performance and Composition from Michigan State University. She studied conducting with Rudolf Emilson and Harry John Brown.

Dan Foster, Organist, also works as a conductor and multi-keyboard artist appearing frequently with prestigious groups including Cambridge Concentus, Crescendo Berkshires, and Music in Somerset Hills in collaboration with The Sebastians Baroque Orchestra. An advocate for living composers, Mr. Foster conducted the premieres Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Timothy Luby; Magnificat and Te Deum by Larry G. Nuckolls; The Joseph Triptych and Canticles for Advent: The Season of the Now by Thomas F. Savoy; and the premiere of Vladimir Pleshakov’s choral music. “Maestro Dan Foster is indeed a find…he conducted the works like a young Robert Shaw. The first beautifulvocal sounds that came from the Aoede Consort floating out into the vast space and thrilling acoustics of Carnegie brought the audience immediately into a spiritual experience.” – John Paul Keeler, The Scene, New York, New York.

Mr. Foster is the music director of The New Opera, Williams College, Williamstown Massachusetts where his recent performances include Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Purcell’s Dido and Æneas and Bizet’sCarmen. He appears frequently as a tenor and continuo player with Music in the Somerset Hills where his past three seasons have included Handel’s Messiah and his great opera Semele; and theJohannes-Passion and Magnificat of Bach.

Formally organized in 1974 in Columbia County, the Hudson Valley Choral Society is proud to celebrate over 40 years of providing classical and contemporary choral music in a chamber setting to the people of our region. Our membership consists of people we meet every day in our community, including artists, nurses, farmers, bankers, teachers, social workers, and retired folks.

Tickets may be purchased at the door: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, no charge for students under 18.  Tickets also may be purchased in advance at 518-794-9831 or 518-828-3698.

This performance is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralized Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts, The Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation, and the Bank of Greene County Charitable Foundation.

7:30 pm, Sat, May 5, 2018 at St. Paul’s Church, 6 Silvester Street Kinderhook, NY