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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.
蠔Occasionally we add another event to the schedule as the year progresses.


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

SUNDAY, 3:00 p.m.: Due to a recently announced conflict on June 9, the 8-member GUILFORD CHAMBER SINGERS are moving their spring a cappella performance to this concert in the Barn. Their 蠟Life, Death, Love & Loss蠡 program, directed by Tom Baehr, includes SATB songs spanning three centuries, set to texts by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Blake, Moore, Foster, and Teasdale, among others. 
     Guest organist CHRISTOPHER LEWIS then performs 蠟Peace Offering,蠡 a set of solo works on the c. 1897 Tracker Organ. Composers include three German Baroque masters: J. S. Bach, Vincent Lubeck, and Johann Gottfried Walther; and three French Romantic composers: L妯n Bo惻lmann, Gabriel Dupont, and Louis Vierne. One special selection is 蠟Prayer for Notre-Dame蠡 from Bo惻lmann蘗s Suite Gothique, a timely salute to the great cathedral that so recently suffered a disastrous fire. Chris performed as pianist for us on the recent February 23 蠟Stolen Jewels蠡 program with flutist Alison Hale and was organist for our Community Messiah Sing back in 2006.
     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 (bring your favorite to share), and fruit as well as make-your-own Ice Cream Sundaes with all the fixings for dessert. In case of wet or cold weather, the cookout is enjoyed inside the Barn. Concert: $15, optional meal $10 per person.


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.


JUNE 9, 2019  
A Cappella  la Carte   
Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Dr., Guilford

SUNDAY, 6:00-6:30 or so: The three-part evening begins with a brief and merry Annual Membership Meeting for Friends of Music at 6:00 in Zeller Hall downstairs. We recap the season, share what蘗s planned for next year, and elect a secretary and other members of the 2019-20 Board of Trustees.

6:45 or earlier: A Community Potluck in Zeller Hall offers a typically wide range of dishes. FOMAG provides some sandwich fixings for vegetarians and carnivores alike to help cover the bases. Sides and salads, as well as other main dishes, are welcome. Desserts are set aside for the post-concert Reception.

7:30: The A Cappella Concert in the Sanctuary of GCC features Southern Vermont蘗s Big Woods Voices癩Becky Graber, Amanda Witman, Will Danforth, and Alan Blood癩with original, traditional, and roots music. (Reminder: The Guilford Chamber Singers蘗 spring performance was moved back to the Organ Barn concert on May 26 to accommodate a family wedding on the West Coast involving our choral director.). . . . A delectable Dessert Reception downstairs caps the evening. Concert Admission is free; donations are most welcome to help offset the event蘗s considerable costs.


PAST EVENTS in 2018-2019
53rd Labor Day Weekend Festival  蠔The Organ Barn, off Packer Corners Rd., Guilford 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., Organ Concert in the Barn:  James Gerber, D.M.A., Associate Music Director at Wayne Presbyterian Church in Wayne, Pennsylvania, performed on our c. 1897 Tracker Organ. His repertoire included works by Baroque masters Dieterich Buxtehude, J. S. Bach, and Johann Gottfried Walther, as well as by 19th-century French composer L妯n Bo惻lmann and 20th-century English composer Herbert Howells. Admission free, donations welcome.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 2, 2:00 p.m., Orchestra Concert on the Lawn: This year蘗s all-English program featured excerpts from 蠟Abdelazer, or The Moor蘗s Revenge,蠡 by Henry Purcell; vife pieces by Frank Bridge, arranged for winds; two pieces for small orchestra by Frederick Delius; and Benjamin Britten蘗s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, featuring soloists Joshua Collier, tenor, and Jean Jeffries, horn. Our traditional finale sing-in of Randall Thompson蘗s Alleluia ended the musical portion of the afternoon. Lunch was available from 12 noon to 2:00, and we offered warm chocolate chip cookies and refreshing lemonade at intermission. Admission free, donations welcome.

48th Community Messiah Sing: A Benefit for the Homeless   
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro 

SATURDAY, DEC. 1, 1:00 p.m.: We provided the conductor (Ken Olsson) and four fine soloists (soprano Junko Watanabe, alto Julie Olsson, tenor Walter Cramer, and bass Cailin Marcel Manson). Over 250 singers from the Tri-State area came to sing the choruses from Handel蘗s masterwork, performing 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, and Joyana Damon returned as trumpet soloist. As usual, a goodly number of area folks came just to listen to such a grand choir. Door donations since 2007 have totaled over $22,500 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 and another memorial donor. Admission free, with all door donations going to Groundworks.

46th Christmas at Christ Church:  蠟Joyeux No惻,蠡 A French Christmas 
Christ Church, cor. Rt. 5 South and Melendy Hill Rd., Guilford 

FRIDAY, DEC. 7, 7:30 p.m., and SATURDAY, DEC. 8, 4:00 p.m.: The Guilford Chamber Singers, under director Tom Baehr for a seventh season, presented a program of traditional French carols and Poulenc蘗s Quatre Motets pour la saison de No惻 (Four Christmas Motets), with instrumental interludes by a few Guilford Chamber Players. . . . Don McLean read 蠟Alone,蠡 a new winter story by Guilford author Mimi Morton. We all joined in on a few traditional carols before heading away into the night. . . . Door donations are divided between FOMAG and the Christ Church Guilford Society, which oversees the building蘗s preservation and manages its special-event use癩consecrated in 1818 as the first Episcopal church in Vermont, Christ Church has not had an active congregation since the early 1890s).

Midwinter Musicale: 蠟Stolen Jewels蠡  
Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Dr., Guilford 

SATURDAY, FEB. 23, 3:00 p.m.: Golden flutist Alison Hale and pianist Christopher Lewis performed Romantic favorites transcribed for flute, two by flute superstars James Galway and Jean-Pierre Rampal: the Brahms Sonata in F minor for clarinet, the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata for Cello, Schumann蘗s three Romances for Oboe, and the Sonata in A Major for violin by Faur. A teatime reception of Warming Soups, Sides, Salads, and Desserts, and lots of good conversation, followed with performers and attendees. Admission at $15 per person included the Soup Supper.

10th Annual Women in Music Celebration蠔蠟Fine & Dandy蠡: The Music of Kay Swift 
A Private Home in West Brattleboro 

SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 6:00 p.m.: Our annual fundraising house-concert gala saluted American composer Kay Swift (1897-1993), the first woman to write a hit Broadway musical (Fine and Dandy, 1930) and composer of other songs that have become standards recorded by a number of jazz and popular music icons. A fan of classical music since early childhood, Kay was educated at Juilliard but was encouraged in her mid-20s to write popular music by George Gershwin (1898-1937). Swift became trusted musical advisor and companion to Gershwin during his final decade. We presented music from each genre, including her Theme and Variations for Cello and Piano, featuring Rebecca Hartka and Virginia Eskin, and 10 songs from her show and film scores performed by Jessica Gelter and Tony Grobe. Attendees enjoyed a festive pre-concert buffet of hearty hors d蘗oeuvres, salads, and side dishes, and a post-concert reception of delectable desserts donated by area restaurants and specialty bakers. A popular Silent Auction of three dozen pairs of 2-for-1 tickets to regional concerts, plays, opera, and cinema, plus a few special items and gift certificates, offered some real entertainment and shopping bargains while supporting our current season of events. Tickets for this year蘗s gala were on a sliding scale from $20 to $35 per person. To request an invitation packet next season, contact the FOMAG office at 802-254-3600 or email


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.