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2018/2019      OUR 53rd CONCERT SEASON  
Scroll down through the listings below to see future events, notes on our occasional Community Outreach Programs for Seniors and Guilford Central School, and then a section with summaries of past events as they happen during the season.

CALENDAR DETAILS ARE STILL IN DEVELOPMENT. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES LATER IN THE SUMMER. 蠔As in the past few seasons, an additional Fall offering is a possibility.

 
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SEPT. 1 & 2, 2018
53rd Labor Day Weekend Festival  蠔The Organ Barn, off Packer Corners Rd., Guilford 

SATURDAY, 7:30 p.m., Concert in the Barn: Performing on our c. 1897 Tracker Organ, is Peter Walker, in a program TBA. Walker, who now lives in Guilford, was a graduate of the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. He has served as organist and choir master at churches around the country and worked for organ builders in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont before establishing Walk Pipe Organs in 2004. Admission free with donations welcome.

SUNDAY, 2:00 p.m., Orchestra Concert on the Lawn: This year will feature an all-English program and a fine area tenor soloist, with details TBA. Our traditional finale sing-in of Randall Thompson蘗s Alleluia will end the musical portion of the afternoon. Grounds open at 12 noon to accommodate Picnicking on the lawn and Lunch Sales to support the cost of this weekend in the country. Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies and refreshing Lemonade are also available. Admission free with donations welcome.

In case of real threat of rain on Sunday, the lunch and the orchestra concert will be moved to an indoor space TBA -- please do still plan on joining us to help fund the even higher cost for our weekend in this instance!

HOW TO FIND THE GUILFORD ORGAN BARN

Follow signs to the Organ Barn for 9 mi. from the Guilford Country Store on Rt. 5, or for 5 mi. from Keets Brook Rd. at Rt. 5 in Bernardston, Mass. (see below for route details).

DETAILED DIRECTIONS TO THE ORGAN BARN: From the North and East, take Interstate 91 to Exit 1 in Brattleboro. Take Rt. 5 South 1.3 miles to the Guilford Country Store on your left. This is 蠟Algiers蠡 village in Guilford. Take a RIGHT across from the store onto Guilford Center Rd. Go for just over 2 miles to your first LEFT, which is Weatherhead Hollow Rd. Follow this road for about 4.9 miles to Packer Corners Rd. on the RIGHT, just after the Franklin Farm. Follow this well-groomed dirt road for 2 miles till you see a G-clef sign saying 蠟Concert蠡 that is pointing left into Kopkind Rd. . . . . From the South, you can save several miles of travel by taking Exit 28B for 蠟Bernardston.蠡 At the end of the ramp, turn RIGHT and head about a 1/2 mile to the T-junction with Rt. 5. Turn RIGHT on Rt. 5 and proceed for just under 4 miles to Keets Brook Rd. on your LEFT. Take this road, which turns to dirt and leads you to the crossroads with Weatherhead Hollow Rd. in Guilford, Vt. Turn LEFT at the crossroads. The Franklin Farm is on your right as you turn. Take a RIGHT onto Packer Corners Rd. just after the farm. Proceed 2 miles to the sign for the Concert at Kopkind Rd.
 
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DEC. 1, 2018
48th Community Messiah Sing: A Benefit for the Homeless   
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro 

SATURDAY, 1:00 p.m.: Conductor Kenneth Olsson will lead 250 or more regional singers and our four soloists in Handel蘗s masterwork: the full Christmas portion and a few favorite passages in Parts II and III, including the Hallelujah Chorus! William McKim has served as organist for the past 30 seasons. As usual, a goodly number of area folks come just to listen to such a grand choir. Door donations since 2007 have totaled over $20,000 in funds passed along to Groundworks for its shelter and food programs for the area蘗s homeless and needy population. Several bags of warm winter outerwear, non-perishable food, and new toys are also gathered at the door each year. Sponsors covering most of our costs for the event last season癩with service trades or cash donations癩included Brattleboro Reformer, C&S Wholesale Grocers, The Marina Restaurant, Richmond Auto Repair, and Centre Congregational Church. Additional support comes from FOMAG蘗s Miriam Adams Howland Memorial Fund. Admission free, with all door donations going to Groundworks.

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DEC. 7 & 8, 2018   
46th Christmas at Christ Church   
Christ Church, cor. Rt. 5 South and Melendy Hill Rd., Guilford 

FRIDAY, 7:30 p.m., and SATURDAY, 4:00 p.m.: The Guilford Chamber Singers, under director Tom Baehr, present a program of French holiday music (two or more of the four Poulenc Christmas Motets are being considered), with instrumental interludes by the Guilford Chamber Players. . . . Don McLean is reading 蠟Alone,蠡 a new winter story by Guilford author Mimi Morton. We all join in on a few traditional carols before heading away into the night. Door donations are divided between FOMAG and the Christ Church Preservation Fund (it was built in 1817 as the first Episcopal church in Vermont but has not had an active congregation since the early 1900s).

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Mid- to Late FEBRUARY 2019   
Midwinter Musicale: TBA  
Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Dr., Guilford 

SATURDAY, 3:00 p.m.: Program in development; check back for details. A teatime reception of Warming Soups, Sides, Salads, and Desserts, and lots of good conversation, is popular with performers and attendees. Admission at $12-$15 per person includes the Soup Supper.

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APRIL 2019   
10th Annual Women in Music Celebration  
A Private Home in the Area 

SATURDAY, 6:00 p.m.: Our annual fundraising house-concert gala presents works TBA by women composers, performed by guest vocalists and Guilford Chamber Players. Attendees also enjoy the festive pre-concert buffet of hearty hors d蘗oeuvres, salads, and side dishes, and the post-concert reception of delectable desserts donated by area restaurants and specialty bakers. A popular Silent Auction of 2-for-1 tickets to regional concerts, plays and cinema, plus a few special items and gift certificates, offers some real entertainment and shopping bargains while supporting our current season of events. Advance reservations required: Tickets are on a sliding scale from $20 to $35 per person.

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MAY 26, 2019   
11th Spring Organ Concert & Holiday Cookout
The Organ Barn, 158 Kopkind Rd., off Packer Corners Rd., Guilford 

SUNDAY, 3:00 p.m.: A guest organist TBA performs solo and ensemble works on the c. 1897 Tracker Organ. A festive holiday cookout follows on the back deck and lawn, with grilling options for meat and veggie lovers alike, plus homemade sides and salads, a variety of sips, and fruit as well as Ice Cream Sundaes with all the fixings for dessert. In case of wet weather, the cookout is enjoyed in the Barn. Concert: $15, optional meal $10 per person.

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Early JUNE 2019   
A Cappella  la Carte   
Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Dr., Guilford

6:00-6:45: The Annual Meeting for Friends of Music members begins at 6:00 in Zeller Hall downstairs. We recap the season, what蘗s planned for next year, and elect a 2019-20 Board of Trustees.

7:30: The A Cappella Concert in the Sanctuary features the Guilford Chamber Singers, led by Tom Baehr for a seventh season, performing 30 minutes of unaccompanied repertoire. A guest ensemble TBA offers another half-hour of a cappella works. A delectable dessert reception caps the evening. Concert Admission is free, with donations welcome.




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IN ADDITION TO OUR REGULAR SEASON OF CONCERTS & BENEFITS, posted above, we established two Community Outreach Programs in 2008-09 . . . . . 

CONCERT SERIES FOR SENIORS: These enthusiastically received performances at Windham County retirement homes, public housing villages, senior activity centers, and rehabilitation/nursing home facilities feature a wide variety of local musicians offering classical music, jazz standards, popular music from several past decades, as well as original material and World Music with an audience that clamors for more! These programs require member donations, grant funding and other targeted sponsorship support since we offer them free of charge but are committed to paying honorariums to our performers.

MUSIC ENRICHMENT PROGRAM at GUILFORD CENTRAL SCHOOL: From 2007-08 through 2014-15, we received annual grants from the Max Y. Seaton Trust for partial support of this program, which offered rhythm and voice workshops for students in upper grades in a 3-day residency led by drummer-percussionist Todd Roach and colleagues. We have also arranged for performances by groups from the high school for an additional bit of inspiration and encouragement for Guilford students to continue their involvement with music. Watch this space for other Enrichment Program news.
 

PAST EVENTS in 2018-19, fondly remembered, will be moved here as they occur. 

  

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                                HOW TO FIND THE GUILFORD ORGAN BARN

Follow signs to the Organ Barn for 9 mi. from the Guilford Country Store on Rt. 5, or for 5 mi. from Keets Brook Rd. at Rt. 5 in Bernardston, Mass. (see below for route details).

DETAILED DIRECTIONS TO THE ORGAN BARN: From the North and East, take Interstate 91 to Exit 1 in Brattleboro. Take Rt. 5 South 1.3 miles to the Guilford Country Store on your left. This is 蠟Algiers蠡 village in Guilford. Take a RIGHT across from the store onto Guilford Center Rd. Go for just over 2 miles to your first LEFT, which is Weatherhead Hollow Rd. Follow this road for about 4.9 miles to Packer Corners Rd. on the RIGHT, just after the Franklin Farm. Follow this well-groomed dirt road for 2 miles till you see a G-clef sign saying 蠟Concert蠡 that is pointing left into Kopkind Rd. . . . . From the South, you can save several miles of travel by taking Exit 28B for 蠟Bernardston.蠡 At the end of the ramp, turn RIGHT and head about a 1/2 mile to the T-junction with Rt. 5. Turn RIGHT on Rt. 5 and proceed for just under 4 miles to Keets Brook Rd. on your LEFT. Take this road, which turns to dirt and leads you to the crossroads with Weatherhead Hollow Rd. in Guilford, Vt. Turn LEFT at the crossroads. The Franklin Farm is on your right as you turn. Take a RIGHT onto Packer Corners Rd. just after the farm. Proceed 2 miles to the sign for the Concert at Kopkind Rd.

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