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2017/2018      OUR 52nd 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 as they happen during the season.


52nd Labor Day Weekend Festival  
The Organ Barn, off Packer Corners Rd., Guilford 

SATURDAY, 7:30 p.m., Concert in the Barn: 蠟A New England Organ Sampler蠡 offers works by 19th-20th century American composers Dudley Buck, George Whitefield Chadwick, John Knowles Paine, Horatio Parker, and others, performed on our c. 1897 Tracker Organ by Bennington resident Edwin Lawrence with guest soloist Thomas Gregg, tenor. Lawrence has taught at Williams and Bennington, is a founding member of the Consortium of Vermont Composers, was music director of the Bennington County Choral Society for 38 years, and is Minister of Music for the First Congregational Church, UCC of Williamstown, Mass. Gregg has been a soloist with numerous orchestras and choral groups and has been featured in opera and early music settings. He also enjoys an active career in recital and chamber music with the harpist Emily Laurance as the duo DoubleAction. He has taught voice and vocal repertoire at the Boston Conservatory of Music since 1999.

SUNDAY, 2:00 p.m., Orchestra Concert on the Lawn: Grounds open at 12:00 noon for picnicking on the lawn. Some folks bring their own picnic, but we otherwise sell a generous lunch featuring a variety of homemade salads and sides; Vermont cheese, tomatoes, and bread; plus a drink and local fruit for $10 per person. Warm chocolate chip cookies and refreshing lemonade were also available. . . . At 2:00, conductor Ken Olsson leads the Festival Orchestra in Mozart蘗s Symphony #40, Elgar蘗s Serenade for Strings, Nov軏ek蘗s Octet for Winds, and Mozart arias featuring soprano Julie Johnson Olsson. A number of our instrumentalists and many audience members gather to participate in our traditional finale sing-in of Randall Thompson蘗s Alleluia癩bring a score or borrow one of ours.

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.


Raylynmor Opera: 蠟Viva la Voce!蠡  
Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Dr., Guilford 

SUNDAY, OCT. 1, 3:00 p.m.: Performers from New Hampshire蘗s Raylynmor Opera delight us with some of their favorite solo and ensemble arias by composers including Donizetti, Mozart, Wagner, and Menotti. Piano accompaniment by Kenneth Olsson. For news on Raylynmor蘗s 2017-2018 season (including works by Hoiby, Humperdinck, Puccini, and Gilbert & Sullivan), see Dessert reception. Suggested donation $15 at the door.  


47th Community Messiah Sing: A Benefit for the Homeless   
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro 

SATURDAY, 1:00 p.m.: Conductor Terry Larsen leads 250 or more regional attendees  and our four soloists癩Evelyn McLean, alto; James Anderson, tenor; and Cailin Marcel Manson, baritone, and a soprano TBA癩in Handel蘗s masterwork. We do the Christmas portion and a few favorite passages in Parts II and III, including the Hallelujah Chorus! William McKim returns this year for a 30th season at the organ! We always welcome a goodly number of area folks who come just to listen. Admission is by donation癩we have collected over $18,000 at the door 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 are also gathered up in the church foyer at each Sing. Sponsors covering most of our costs for the event 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.


DECEMBER 15 & 16     
45th 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 蠟Such Wondrous Tidings蠡: Medieval to Modern English Carols Set to Ancient Texts, with instrumental interludes by the Guilford Chamber Players. . . . Don McLean then reads an audience favorite, his entertaining version of 蠟A Child蘗s Christmas in Wales蠡 by Dylan Thomas. We all join in on a few traditional carols before heading away into the night. Admission is by donation: close to $800 in door donations were divided between FOMAG and the Christ Church Preservation Fund in December 2016 for upkeep of this historic building, which has not had an active congregation since the early 1900s.


FEBRUARY 17     
Midwinter Musicale: 蠟The Last Dance蠡     
Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Dr., Guilford

SATURDAY, 3:00 p.m.: Co-sponsored by Brattleboro Area Hospice, this program was inspired by Jessica Gelter蘗s offer to perform composer David Lang蘗s song cycle 蠟Death Speaks蠡 (2012), a companion piece for his Pulitzer Prize-winning 蠟Little Match Girl Passion蠡 (2007). Jess will perform Lang蘗s 25-minute quartet with Ken Olsson on piano, as well as performers on guitar and violin. To fill out the program, the RIP SIngers will entertain us with four of Tom Baehr蘗s settings of humorous epitaphs from his 蠟Rest in Peace蠡 project (2014) and move us with his very recent setting of Dylan Thomas蘗s 蠟Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night蠡 (2017), dedicated to the memory of Guilford Chamber Singer, pianist, and actress Jeanne Austin, who died this past spring. The third element on the program will be readings (poetry and prose) by performers TBA, with occasional interpretive dance and signing by Beverly Miller, local chapter head for The Compassionate Friends, a national organization founded forty years ago to provide support to bereaved families after the death of a child. Teatime reception of Warming Soups, Sides, Salads, and Desserts. Snow date: Sunday, Feb. 18. Admission: $15 per person includes supper.


APRIL 21     
9th Annual Women in Music Celebration:蠔蠟O, Britannia!蠡   
A Private Home in West Brattleboro

SATURDAY, 6:00 p.m.: Our annual fundraising house-concert gala has featured a variety of programs showcasing work by women composers from across the centuries, recently including a couple of iconic singer-songwriters, Edith Piaf in 2015 and Billie Holiday in 2017. Between these two programs we enjoyed chamber music by Parisian sisters Lili and Nadia Boulanger. Our 2018 concert, beginning at about 7:00 p.m., will present chamber works by three noted British women: actress and theater composer Madeleine Dring (1923-1977), famed suffragette and author Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), and folksong collector-singer, pianist, and poet Lucy Broadwood (1858-1929). We蘗ll enjoy a festive and filling pre-concert buffet of hearty hors d蘗oeuvres, salads, fruit and cheese, as well as wine and other beverages. The post-concert reception will feature 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, is a popular addition to the evening; attendees avail themselves of some real entertainment bargains while supporting our current season of events. This annual benefit carries a suggested donation of $35 per person. For a complete invitation packet, contact the FOMAG office by phone at (802) 254-3600 or email


MAY 27     
10th Spring Organ Concert & Holiday Cookout
The Organ Barn, 158 Kopkind Rd., off Packer Corners Rd., Guilford 

SUNDAY, 3:00 p.m.: University of Vermont college organist and music professor David Neiweem, who performed for our 2014 Messiah Sing, returns to this corner of the state to present solo and ensemble works on the c. 1897 Tracker Organ in the Barn. His program will include vocal and instrumental members of the Guilford Chamber Players. Watch this space for repertoire details as they emerge! A festive holiday cookout follows on the deck and back lawn, with optional gathering space in the Barn in case of inclement weather. Grilling options are offered for vegetarians and carnivores alike, along with sides, salads, and sundae fixings. Admission is $15 for the concert, with a $10 fee for the optional meal.


A Cappella  la Carte   
Christ Church, cor. Rt. 5 and Melendy Hill Rd., Guilford
Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Dr., Guilford

FRIDAY, 6:00-6:45: The Annual Meeting for Friends of Music members begins at 6:00 in the sanctuary of Christ Church. We蘗ll cover what we蘗ve done this season, what蘗s planned for next year, and election of the 2018-19 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.

FRIDAY, 7:30: Note: Parking at Guilford Community Church will be accessible only after 7:00 p.m., so please delay your arrival accordingly. The A Cappella Concert at GCC features the Guilford Chamber Singers, led by Tom Baehr, and the Cantabile Vocal Ensemble, an early music quintet of professionals from the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Program repertoire details with be added as it becomes available. A dessert reception caps the evening. Admission is free, with donations welcome.   

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 2017-18, fondly remembered, will be moved here as they occur.