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2016/2017      OUR 51st CONCERT SEASON  
Scroll down through the listings below to see future events, 
notes on our Community Outreach Programs for Seniors and Guilford Central School, 蠔and then a section with summaries of past events this season, fondly remembered.

A Cappella  la Carte   
Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Dr., Guilford

SATURDAY, 6:00 - onward: Our season finale offers a menu in three parts. . . . A brief and often entertaining Annual Meeting for Friends of Music members runs from 6:00 for about 30 minutes and covers what we蘗ve done this season, what蘗s planned for next year, and election of the 2017-18 Board of Trustees; open to all interested folks, it蘗s possible to sign up for membership on the spot to vote for trustees and a few other agenda items. . . . The merriment then morphs into an All-Community Potluck that begins between 6:30 and 6:45. Attendees are welcome to contribute appetizers, salads, entr委s, side dishes, and desserts (these last will be put aside for a post-concert reception). . . . The 7:30 A Cappella Concert features the Guilford Chamber Singers, led by Tom Baehr, performing works (including at least three premieres) by ten FOMAG-related composers, among them Don McLean, Peter Amidon, and Anna Patton, as well as nationally renowned composers Alice Parker and Gwyneth Walker. Our planned vocal partners, the Cantabile Vocal Ensemble, an early music quintet based in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, has had to postpone its appearance to next June (a delayed surgery is now too close for comfort!), so we are working on confirming a new guest group for the concert. . . . stayed tuned! A dessert reception caps the evening. Admission is free, with donations welcome.   

IN ADDITION TO OUR REGULAR SEASON OF CONCERTS & BENEFITS, posted below, 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 2016-17, fondly remembered. . . . .

51st Labor Day Weekend Festival  
The Organ Barn, off Packer Corners Rd., Guilford 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Baroque Concert in the Barn: 蠟Music in the Age of Enlightenment蠡 offered works by Bach, Telemann, Corelli, Handel, and their contemporaries de Bosmortier, d蘗Anglebert, and Pepusch. Performers included Christine Gevert on our c. 1897 Tracker Organ and her transported harpsichord with Duo Les In妮ales partner Rodrigo Tarraza on traverse flute and guest soloist Nicholas Tamagna, countertenor. 

SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2016, 2:00 p.m., Orchestra Concert on the Lawn: Grounds opened at 12:00 noon for picnicking on the lawn. Some folks brought their own picnic, but we otherwise sold a generous lunch for $10 per person. Warm chocolate chip cookies and refreshing lemonade were also available. . . . At 2:00, conductor Ken Olsson led the Festival Orchestra in Mozart蘗s Overture to 蠟The Marriage of Figaro,蠡 Haydn蘗s Symphony No. 99, Mendelssohn蘗s String Sinfonia in D, Reinecke蘗s Octet for Winds, and Puccini arias from 蠟Tosca蠡 and 蠟La Boh峻e蠡 featuring soprano Julie Johnson Olsson. Our traditional finale sing-in of Randall Thompson蘗s Alleluia was enjoyed by musicians and many audience members. 
Vermont Virtuosi Flute Ensemble   
St. Michael蘗s Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave., Brattleboro 

SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 2016, 7:30 p.m.: Seven of the finest orchestral and solo flutists from New York, New Hampshire, and Vermont癩Robin Cameron-Phillips, Hilary Goldblatt, Alison Hale, Anne Janson, Laurel Ann Maurer, Melissa Mielens, and Norman Thibodeau癩performed on instruments from petite piccolo to colossal contrabass. Their repertoire included transcriptions of the Overture to Candide by Bernstein, Concerto III (蠟Il Gardilino蠡) by Vivaldi, 蠟A Bird in the Woods蠡 by Doppler, 蠟Golliwog蘗s Cakewalk蠡 by Debussy, 蠟Summertime蠡 by Gershwin, and 蠟The Typewriter蠡 by Leroy Anderson, in addition to arrangements of works by Philippe Gaubert, Joachim Andersen, and Elder Joseph Brackett, and works by Vermont composers David Gunn (蠟Phonographic Memories蠡) and Dennis B配hory-Kitsz (蠟I Come With My Face Burnt蠡). This performance was funded in part by generous grants from Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Inc. and Verne Q. Powell Flutes, with additional support from Trust Company of Vermont.
46th Community Messiah Sing: A Benefit for the Homeless   
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro 

SATURDAY, DEC. 3, 2016 1:00 p.m.: Door donations for this annual event have totaled over $18,000 in charitable support for the area蘗s homeless population since 2007, when we rededicated the Sing as a benefit for the agencies now merged into Groundworks Collaborative. Several bags of warm winter clothing and non-perishable food were also gathered up in the church foyer during the Sing. Conductor Tony Speranza led the assembled choral singers and four soloists癩Elizabeth Wohl, soprano; Evelyn McLean, alto; James Anderson, tenor; and Cailin Marcel Manson, baritone癩in Handel蘗s masterwork. Organist William McKim returned for a 29th season. Sponsors covering most of our costs for the Sing in 2016癩with service trades or cash donations癩included Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Brattleboro Reformer, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Ruggles & Hunt, The Marina Restaurant, Richmond Auto Repair, and Centre Congregational Church.

44th Christmas at Christ Church   
Christ Church, cor. Rt. 5 South and Melendy Hill Rd., Guilford 

FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2016, 7:30 p.m., and SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2016, 4:00 p.m.: The Guilford Chamber Singers, under director Tom Baehr, presented seasonal a cappella works from the British Isles, with instrumental interludes by the Guilford Chamber Players. . . . Don McLean then entertained with his dramatic reading of 蠟A Church Mouse,蠡 by Mary Wilkins Freeman (1852-1930), one of the leading regional or 蠟local color蠡 fiction authors during the heyday of that genre. While a young woman living with her family in Brattleboro in 1867-73 (and called by her maiden name, Mary Eleanor Wilkins), she is known to have visited a relative in Green River, Guilford. This poignant story had contemporary relevance with its central theme of homelessness. . . . We all joined in on a few traditional carols before heading away into the night. . . . Close to $800 in door donations were divided between FOMAG and the Christ Church Preservation Fund for upkeep of this historic building, which has not had an active congregation since the early 1900s.

Midwinter Musicale: HeartSoulVoice     
Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Dr., Guilford

SATURDAY, FEB. 25,2017: The optional Soup Supper featured three hearty homemade soups and other 蠟nibbles & noshes蠡 enjoyed by about three dozen early arrivals. Boston蘗s HeartSoulVoice duo, comprised of Janna Maria Frhlich, voice, harp, and piano, and Joy Grimes, violin, began their music program with original songs on themes of love, protest, and healing, then continued with songs and instrumental music from the plays of William Shakespeare. .  .  . An improvised song based on 蠟love lines,蠡 contributed by audience members attending the supper, loosely illustrated one mode employed by Janna in her work as an expressive arts therapist. . . . The program ended with a set of traditional and original Celtic music, including Janna蘗s own lyrics to 蠟I蘗ll Make My Love a Breast of Glass,蠡  two settings of Robert Burns poems, and a lively instrumental medley. . . . A dessert reception followed.  

8th Annual Women in Music Celebration:蠔An Evening with Lady Day   
A Private Home in West Brattleboro

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 6:00 p.m.: Our annual fundraising gala has featured a variety of programs showcasing work by women composers from across the centuries, recently including a couple of iconic singer-songwriters. The Edith Piaf event in 2015 was very popular! Pianist Ken Olsson, who accompanied Jess Gelter for that program, returned to perform with this year蘗s featured vocalist, Samirah Evans, in a salute to Billie Holiday. A 14-year veteran of the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Samirah relocated to Brattleboro after Katrina; her soulful interpretation of 10 songs written by or for Holiday, or otherwise made famous by her, was a real delight! We enjoyed a festive and filling buffet of hearty hors d蘗oeuvres, salads, fruit and cheese, as well as Louisiana wines and other beverages. The post-concert reception featured an array of delectable desserts donated by area restaurants and specialty bakers. A Silent Auction of 2-for-1 tickets to regional concerts, plays and cinema, plus a few special items and gift certificates, was again a popular addition to the evening; attendees availed themselves of some real entertainment bargains while supporting our current season of events. This annual benefit carries a suggested donation of $35 per person.

9th Spring Organ Concert & Holiday Cookout
The Organ Barn, 158 Kopkind Rd., off Packer Corners Rd., Guilford 

SUNDAY, MAY 28, 3:00 p.m.: Works by Bach, Vivaldi/Bach, Pinkham, Brahms, and Liszt were performed on the c. 1897 Tracker Organ and a 1918 Estey JJ portable model by guest organist Justin Hartz, M.M. Juilliard and an E. Power Biggs Fellow at the Organ Historical Society. Justin opened our 2009-10 season with a definite flourish in the Barn. Hartz has been a regularly featured holiday-season organist in the conservatory ballroom at Pierre du Pont蘗s Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, where the largest Aeolian pipe organ ever constructed in a 蠟residential蠡 setting (10,010 pipes!) underwent a 7-year restoration beginning in 2004. A festive holiday cookout followed. Admission is $15 for this annual concert, with $10 for the optional meal.

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.