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2019/2020      A DRAFT OF OUR 蠔54th CONCERT SEASON . . . STILL IN DEVELOPMENT  
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.


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AUGUST 31 & SEPTEMBER 1, 2019  
54th Labor Day Weekend Festival   
The Organ Barn, Tree Frog Farm, 158 Kopkind Rd., Guilford, Vt.

SATURDAY, 7:30 p.m.: We蘗re delighted to announce that Susan Summerfield, who performed on our Tracker Organ in September 2015, is returning to open our 54th season. Retired in 2018 from her post as music professor and college organist at St. Michael蘗s College (Colchester, Vt.), she will soon share her programming plans with us for our annual season brochure and this listing.

SUNDAY, 2:00 p.m.: Conductor Kenneth Olsson will lead the Guilford Festival Orchestra in Chaconne ou Passacaille from Les Nations by Couperin (strings); Les nuits d蘗孤 by Berlioz, with Julie Olsson, soprano; two pieces by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (arranged for winds); and Symphony #1 by Felix Mendelssohn. . . . Musicians and audience then join forces on a sing-in of Randall Thompson蘗s Alleluia as the concert蘗s finale. . . . Grounds open at 12 noon for picnicking and lunch sales -- bring a blanket or folding chairs; a hearty vegetarian meal of assorted salads, eggs,看Grafton cheddar cheese,看Walker Farm tomatoes, Vermont-made artisan bread, a drink, and Scott Farm apples, is offered for $10/person; warm chocolate chip cookies and refreshing lemonade are available before the concert and at intermission. 

Both Labor Day Weekend concerts are admission free, with generous donations encouraged to help defray the high cost of this musical weekend in the country.

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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LATE SEPTEMBER  
A Celebration of the Classical Guitar   
Location and Programming TBA

Check this space for updates as they develop. . . . 

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DECEMBER 7, 2019  
49th Community Messiah Sing: A Benefit for the Homeless   
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt.

SATURDAY, 1:00 p.m.: Since 2007, when the Sing was rededicated for this purpose, all door donations have been passed along to the Groundworks Collaborative, for its shelter and food programs, as well as other services for our disadvantaged neighbors -- to date over $25,000 has been raised by the Sing. . . . This year, Kenneth Olsson will appear as Sing organist, while Cailin Marcel Manson, our bass soloist for the past several years, will add the role of conductor to his duties. Manson is music director at The Putney School, where he conducts a community orchestra, as well as conductor of both the Keene Chorale and the Bennington County Choral Society. . . . Walter Cramer will return as tenor soloist and Julie Olsson as featured alto. Other assignments will be announced as they are confirmed. . . . Over 250 singers from the Tri-State area come 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! A goodly number of area folks come just to listen to such a grand choir. Sponsors covering most of our costs癩with service trades or cash donations癩include 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. . . . We also accept nonperishable foodstuffs, winter outerwear, longjohns, blankets, and new, unwrapped toys for Groundworks to distribute during the holidays. 



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DECEMBER 13 & 14, 2019  
47th Christmas at Christ Church: An Olde New England Christmas   
Historic Christ Church, cor. Rt. 5 South and Melendy Hill Rd., Guilford, Vt.

FRIDAY, DEC. 13, 2019, 7:30 p.m., and SATURDAY, DEC. 14, 2019, 4:00 p.m.: The Guilford Chamber Singers, under director Tom Baehr for an eighth season, present a program of works by William Billings (1746-1800), Supply Belcher (1751-1836), and other members of the First New England School of Composers, with instrumental interludes by a few Guilford Chamber Players. . . . Don McLean reads 蠟Christmas Jenny,蠡 a story by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (1852-1930), an American novelist and short story writer who lived for a time in Brattleboro and is known to have visited a relative in Green River, Guilford. . . . We all join in on a few traditional carols before heading away into the night. . . . Door donations are shared with the Christ Church Guilford Society, which oversees the building蘗s preservation and manages its special-event use; consecrated in 1818 as the first Episcopal church in Vermont, Christ Church has not had an active congregation since the early 1890s.

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LATE FEBRUARY 2020  

MIDWINTER MUSICALE: CONCERT & SOUP SUPPER蠔Carl Sandburg: Poet, Storyteller, Author & Folk Musician 
Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Dr., Guilford, Vt.

SATURDAY, 3:00 p.m.: In June 2014, FOMAG administrator Joy Wallens-Penford visited Carl Sandburg蘗s home 蠟Connemara,蠡 a National Historic Site in Flat Rock, North Carolina. The visit inspired her to celebrate Sandburg蘗s many gifts in a lay-led service at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in April 2015. Expanded for an Osher Institute presentation in 2016, the program includes biographical information as well as a sampling of Sandburg蘗s poetry, prose, and children蘗s stories. Musical elements include folk tunes from his vast American Songbag collection or composed by his regional neighbors, as well as some ragtime piano, a style mentioned in his award-winning poem 蠟Chicago.蠡 Fellow Illinois resident Abraham Lincoln is a large presence in Sandburg蘗s life and work. An accompanying show of slides and videos offers quotations, photographs, and documents, as well as short performances. . . . The program is followed by a warming teatime Soup Supper with three homemade soups, hearty breads, fruit and cheese, desserts, and a variety of beverages. Performers TBA. Admission of $15 at the door includes the supper reception.

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MID-APRIL 2020  蠔11th Annual Women in Music Celebration 
A Private Home in the area

SATURDAY -OR- SUNDAY, 6:00 p.m.: Program and performers TBA. Our annual fundraising house-concert gala has saluted a number of women composers over the years癩American, British, and European (including living composers Hilary Tann and Elise Grant)癩and has offered centennial tributes to legendary singer-songwriters Edith Piaf and Billie Holiday. Celebrated local and regional performers have been featured. Attendees enjoy 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 as many as three dozen pairs of 2-for-1 tickets to regional concerts, plays, opera, and cinema, plus a few special items and gift certificates, offers real entertainment and shopping bargains while supporting our current season of events. Tickets are on a sliding scale from $20 to $35 per person. To request an invitation packet, contact the FOMAG office at 802-254-3600 or email office@fomag.org.

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MAY 24, 2020  蠔12th Spring Organ Concert & Holiday Cookout
The Organ Barn, 158 Kopkind Rd., off Packer Corners Rd., Guilford, Vt. 

SUNDAY, 3:00 p.m.: A guest organist performs on the c. 1897 Tracker Organ in the Barn. Performer and program repertoire TBA.
     A festive Holiday Cookout follows on the back deck and lawn, with grilled options for meat and veggie lovers alike, plus homemade sides and salads, and a variety of sips. Fruit and make-your-own Ice Cream Sundaes with all the fixings are featured for dessert. Concert: $15, optional meal $10 per person.

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JUNE 7, 2020  蠔A Cappella  la Carte   
Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Dr., Guilford, Vt.

SUNDAY, 6:00-6:45-7:30 p.m.: The three-part evening begins shortly after 6:00 with a brief and merry Annual Membership Meeting in the Zeller Room downstairs, recapping the season and sharing what蘗s planned for next year, then electing a secretary/clerk and other members of the 2020-21 Board of Trustees. . . . A cordial Community Potluck follows at 6:45 with food and drink contributed by FOMAG and attendees -- desserts are set aside for a post-concert reception. . . .  The A Cappella Concert in the upstairs Sanctuary at 7:30 features the GUILFORD CHAMBER SINGERS, directed by Tom Baehr, performing ten or more SATB songs on a theme of 蠟The Birds & The Bees.蠡 Check back for more details. . . . A guest vocal group TBA offers a second 30-minute set. . . . A delectable Dessert Reception caps the evening. The building is handicap-accessible, with an elevator to the second-floor Sanctuary. Admission free, donations welcome. 

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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, 2018, 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, 2018, 7:30 p.m., and SATURDAY, DEC. 8, 2018, 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, 2019, 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, 2019, 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 office@fomag.org.

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

SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019, 3:00 p.m.: The GUILFORD CHAMBER SINGERS, directed by Tom Baehr, performed 蠟Life, Death, Love & Loss,蠡 ten SATB songs spanning three centuries, set to texts by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Blake, Moore, Foster, and Teasdale, among others. Organist CHRISTOPHER LEWIS then performed 蠟Peace Offering,蠡 a set of solo works on the c. 1897 Tracker Organ. Composers included three German Baroque masters: J. S. Bach, Vincent L槓eck, and Johann Gottfried Walther; and three French Romantic composers: L妯n Bo惻lmann, Gabriel Dupont, and Louis Vierne.
     A festive Holiday Cookout followed on the back deck and lawn, with grilling options for meat and veggie lovers alike, plus homemade sides and salads, and a variety of sips. Fruit and make-your-own Ice Cream Sundaes with all the fixings were enjoyed for dessert. Concert: $15, optional meal $10 per person.

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2019, 6:00-6:45-7:30 p.m.: The three-part evening began shortly after 6:00 with a brief and merry Annual Membership Meeting recapping the season and sharing what蘗s planned for next year, then electing a secretary/clerk and other members of the 2019-20 Board of Trustees. . . . A Community Potluck followed at 6:45 with the food and drink contributed by FOMAG and attendees -- desserts were set aside for the post-concert reception. . . .  The A Cappella Concert in the Sanctuary at 7:30 featured Southern Vermont蘗s BIG WOODS VOICES quartet -- Alan Blood, Will Danforth, Becky Graber, and Amanda Witman. The group蘗s repertoire included lyrical settings of poetry by David Whyte, Mary Oliver, and W. B. Yeats; richly harmonized standards of the American roots lexicon; original Danforth compositions; and a few vocal gems by other composers. . . . A delectable Dessert Reception capped the evening. Admission free, 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.
 


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