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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.

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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.: We provide the conductor (Ken Olsson) and four fine soloists (soprano Junko Watanabe, alto Julie Olsson, tenor Walter Cramer, and bass Cailin Marcel Manson). Between 200 and 300 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! William McKim has served as organist for the past 30 seasons, and Joyana Damon returns as trumpet soloist. 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 and another memorial donor. Admission free, with all door donations going to Groundworks.

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DEC. 7 & 8, 2018   
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, 7:30 p.m., and SATURDAY, 4:00 p.m.: The Guilford Chamber Singers, under director Tom Baehr for a seventh season, present 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 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 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).

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FEBRUARY 23, 2019   
Midwinter Musicale: 蠟Stolen Jewels蠡  
Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Dr., Guilford 

SATURDAY, 3:00 p.m.: Golden flutist Alison Hale and pianist Christopher Lewis perform 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, is popular with performers and attendees. Admission at $15 per person includes the Soup Supper.

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APRIL 14, 2019   
10th Annual Women in Music Celebration蠔蠟Fine & Dandy蠡: The Music of Kay Swift 
A Private Home in the Area 

SUNDAY, 6:00 p.m.: Our annual fundraising house-concert gala presents works by 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 present music from each genre, including her Theme and Variations for Piano and Cello. 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 over two dozen pairs of 2-for-1 tickets to regional concerts, plays, opera, 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. Contact the office for an invitation packet at 802-254-3600 or email office@fomag.org.

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

SUNDAY, 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 (GCS), led by Tom Baehr for a seventh season, performing 30 minutes of unaccompanied repertoire on the theme of 蠟Life & Death, Love & Loss: Three Centuries of Part Songs.蠡 Poets include Shakespeare, Teasdale, and Longfellow, among others. Guest ensemble Green Street Brew, a dozen or more singers from the Pioneer Valley, offers rock, jazz, and pop arrangements, a nice counterpoint to the GCS set. A delectable dessert reception caps the evening. Concert Admission is free, with donations welcome.

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

  

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 with 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 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.
 


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