March 13: Bard at the Landing – The Chimeng Quartet

Sunday, March 13 at 4 pm
at Club Helsinki Hudson

Luosha Fang, violin
Yang Li, violin
Shuangshuang Liu, viola
Jia Cao, cello

Mozart String Quartet No.22 in Bb, K.589 (‘Prussian, No.2’)
Janáček’s String Quartet No. 1., “Kreutzer Sonata”
Brahms String Quartet in c, Op.51 no.1

About the Chimeng String Quartet

The members of the Chimeng String Quartet are presently undergraduate students at the Bard College Conservatory of Music. They all were born and raised in China. The quartet’s name – the Chinese word “Chimeng” means “enlightenment.”

In 2010 the Chimeng String Quartet was awarded the Silver Medal in the Senior Division of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana. They made their orchestral debut with the Albany Symphony, conducted by David Alan Miller, in Takuma Itoh’s Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra.

At Bard, they study with violinists Ida Kavafian, Arnold Steinhardt, and Laurie Smukler; violists Ira Weller, Steven Tenenbom and Michael Tree; and cellists Peter Wiley and Sophie Shao. Additionally, they have worked with members of the Guarneri, Tokyo, Orion, Keller, Shanghai, Ying, and Mendelssohn quartets.  MORE

Don't miss Joshua Rifkin, pianist, Sunday 4 pm at Club Helsinki

Sunday, January 23 at 4:00 pm
playing Rags, Tangos, Preludes & Fugues
Club Helsinki Hudson
405 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY

Click here for PROGRAM

Joshua Rifkin’s life in music has spanned Renaissance motets and ragtime masters, Bach cantatas and Baroque Beatles. He has conducted leading orchestras from Australia to Israel in music ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Stravinsky, Copland, and the most recent moderns. The Bach Ensemble, which he founded in 1978, won England’s Gramophone Award for its Nonesuch recording of the Mass in B Minor and has performed this and many others of Bach’s works at festivals in the United States, Europe, and beyond; in December 2010 it joined La Petite Bande under Sigiswald Kuijken and the Taverner Consort and Players under Andrew Parrott for a “one to a part” Bach Christmas celebration in Leuven, Belgium. The University of Dortmund, Germany, has awarded Joshua Rifkin an honorary doctorate for his contributions to Bach interpretation.

Highlights of with modern orchestras include the Australian premiere of Weill’s Die sieben Todsünden; the European and Canadian premieres of Gunther Schuller’s And They All Played Ragtime; Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in the 1911 version of Ivor Atkins and Edward Elgar; and the posthumous premiere and first recording of Silvestre Revueltas’s theater music Este era un rey with the Camerata de las Américas of Mexico.

In the 1970s, Joshua Rifkin’s Nonesuch recordings of Scott Joplin spearheaded the rediscovery of this fundamental American composer, and he has since played Joplin’s music in major concert halls throughout the world, in London’s Hyde Park, and at the White House. In 1990, his Decca/London CD Rags and Tangos introduced many listeners to the works of Joplin’s great Brazilian contemporary Ernesto Nazareth; more recently still, commissioned broadcast performances in Europe have counterpointed Joplin with Bach and, in 2010, Chopin. His latest CD, Vivat Leo! Music for a Medici Pope with the Dutch-based vocal ensemble Cappella Pratensis (Challenge Classics), returns him for the first time in many years to the music of the Renaissance.

Take a Seat in the Orchestra piano masterclass with Joshua Rifkin
Joshua Rifkin will work with area students in a piano masterclass on Saturday, January 22nd at 3 pm at the Hudson Opera House.  Admission is free.  This is a program of CFO’s interactive mentoring program called Take a Seat in the Orchestra.  Click here for PROGRAM and students participating.

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2011 Schedule at Club Helsinki

Sunday, January 23, at 4 pm – Joshua Rifkin, piano

music of J.S. Bach and Scott Joplin…MORE

Sunday, March 13 at 4 pm – Bard at the Landing – The Chimeng String Quartet
Mozart, Brahms, Janacek…MORE

Friday, April 1, at 8 pm – Ljova and the Kontraband
Eastern-European, gypsy, jazz-inspired classical forms

Sunday, May 1, at 2:30 pm – Tapestry vocal ensemble
a new opera/cantata by Sheila Silver and more


SING Handel's Messiah!

Saturday, December 18 at 7:30 pm
Community Sing of Handel’s Messiah
St. James Church, Chatham

Lend us your voice for this joyous annual event.  Choral enthusiasts, friends and neighbors, and area students join with CFO instrumental ensemble to sing the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah.  Scores provided.

Students – sign up to perform with CFO professionals in the instrumental ensemble accompanying the Messiah Sing.  Be a part of CFO’s exciting Take a Seat in the Orchestra mentoring program E-mail us at and we’ll send you the music.

Tickets $10 at the door, $8 online (Click link below)

UPCOMING: November and December Events


Created for Club Helsinki Hudson, the ClaverackLanding classical series features imaginative, brilliant works performed by Columbia Festival Orchestra’s award-winning musicians, guest ensembles and soloists.  Designed for the intimate, interactive club stage, the series runs through May 2011, with unique shows guaranteed to captivate audiences.

Saturday, November 20 at 8 pm
CALLIOPE: A Renaissance Revel

Club Helsinki Hudson
Celebrated Berkshire-based Calliope plays inventive mix of early music
and tuneful jazz and swing.
Tickets: $20

Call Club Helsinki for dinner reservations and reserved seating: 518-828-4800. For more information, visit
For detailed program and Calliope bios CLICK HERE.


Saturday, December 18 at 7:30 pm
Community Sing of Handel’s Messiah
St. James Church, Chatham

Lend us your voice for this joyous annual event.  Choral enthusiasts, friends and neighbors join with CFO instrumental ensemble (a professional quartet plus students from CFO’s Take a Seat…in the Orchestra program) to sing the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah.

Tickets $10 at the door, $8 online (link to appear below shortly)

ClaverackLanding SOLD OUT at Club Helsinki

ClaverackLanding, CFO’s new classical series at Club Helsinki Hudson, is duly launched with its dazzling opening concert “TANGO meets Classical” featuring virtuoso violinist Katie Hyun.  Thanks so much to all of you who attended!  We are proud to have been reviewed by the Albany Times Union and the Berkshire Review for the Arts.  See links to reviews below

Albany Times Union
The Berkshire Review for the Arts

Katie Hyun "was dazzling in the Piazzolla Four Seasons" - Berkshire Review for the Arts

Click Here for more photos

Please join us for our next event at Club Helsinki!
Saturday, November 20, at 8 pm
ClaverackLanding presents

CALLIOPE: A Renaissance Band
Enjoy the festive sounds of recorders, krummhorns, sackbuts and viols – a pre-holiday musical feast!

ClaverackLanding's Opening Night at Club Helsinki Hudson

October 2nd at 8:00 pm (doors open earlier for dinner)

photos: Blandori for PS21

Columbia Festival Orchestra (CFO) makes its debut at Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday evening, October 2nd at 8 pm, introducing an exciting series of classical concerts called ClaverackLanding. Featuring highly acclaimed CFO musicians, extraordinary guest ensembles and emerging artists, this new club series draws listeners together in a dynamic, unique setting.

Audiences are welcomed at casual tables with drinks, “small plates”, or dinner.  Visit Club Helsinki for more information and to buy tickets.

Katie Hyun, violin

TANGO Meets Classical, introduces rising star Katie Hyun, violinist, performing Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with 13 string players.

Soloist Katie Hyun started violin at age five, made her recital debut at age nine, and has performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony, Dallas Chamber orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and other prestigious ensembles and orchestras.  Hyun is a winner of numerous young artist competitions, a graduate of Yale and Stony Brook, and is under private study with international violinist Ani Kavafian.  Her new Amphion String Quartet is playing to rave reviews with “gripping intensity…receiving a well-deserved ovation”, San Francisco Classical Voice.

(see video of Katie playing with her Amphion Quartet below)

The program also includes Osvaldo Golijov’s Last Round and Arvo Paert’s Fratres, for strings and percussion.

Opening night at Helsinki will present special surprises such as Ljova’s Plume, a blend of classical, jazz and Gypsy sounds.  Hailed as “one of New York’s fastest-rising composers and instrumentalists” (Billboard Magazine) and as “an eclectic with an ear for texture…strikingly original and soulful” (New York Times).  Ljova also plays viola with our ensemble this evening.  For more information about Ljova, visit his website.

(see YouTube video below of a performance of Ljova’s Plume by the string quartet Brooklyn Ryder)

About the Musicians

ClaverackLanding’s ensemble of award-winning string players includes concertmaster Sheila Reinhold who has performed as soloist with Zubin Mehta and Andre Kostelanetz, and in chamber music with Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky.  Other highly acclaimed members join us from the tri-state area with prominent affiliations such as the American Symphony, Mostly Mozart, Aspen Music Festival and the New York Metropolitan Opera. For musician bios click here.

About the program

The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, written by Astor Piazzolla in 1921, was first performed by the composer’s own folk ensemble, specialists in neuvo tango. Credited with single-handedly elevating the earthy, sensual tango to a sophisticated art form, Piazzolla depicts different moods for each season, drawing listeners in with hypnotic rhythms and luscious harmonies.  Arranged for string orchestra in the late 1990s, the solo violin is extraordinarily difficult and the special effects performed by the other instruments are amazing.

Osvaldo Golijov composed Last Round in 1996 as an homage to Piazzolla, using a double string quartet with double bass to re-create the sound of the Argentinian accordion, the bandoneon.  “The first section’s a fierce compression of the squeezebox over violent tango rhythms and wailing impressions of the instrument’s reeds – 2 quartets physically confronting each other – then an exhalation, a sigh, and a song – a rich, sensuous lament”, CD Review on Radio 3 UK.

In sharp contrast, Fratres, by Estonian minimalist composer Arvo Paert, is inspired by medieval chant and various oriental musics.  First composed in 1977, and revised in 1983 for string orchestra with claves and bass drum, Fratres is based on repetitions of beautiful, simple sounds.  One cannot experience a more captivating, harmonic, introspective contrast to firey tango rhythms.


Join us this fall as we launch our new ensemble series, in residence at Club Helsinki Hudson. Programs will feature CFO musicians and nationally and internationally-known guest soloists, as well as promising musicians at the conservatory level.

This intimate, relaxed club venue allows for a close connection with classical music in a way not experienced in a traditional concert hall setting. Our goal is to present exciting programs for all involved, including musicians, students, guest artists, and a new adventurous audience.

For more information, click HERE

Intimate Voices Concert


St. James Church, Chatham, NY
(corner of Rts 66 and 203)

Tickets $25
Discounted Tickets in advance (online only) $20

Sheila Reinhold and Renee Jolles, violins
Max Mandel, viola
Gregory Hesselink, cello

Haydn Op. 76 #1 in G major
Dvorak Op. 96 in F major, “American”

Please join us for “Intimate Voices,” a delightful program of string quartets by an ensemble featuring two violinists who have served as concertmaster for the CFO, Sheila Reinhold and Renee Jolles.

Prior to the concert, the quartet will have a day-long residency in the Chatham School called “All Strings Attached.”  This program of CFO’s Take a Seat in the Orchestra mentoring program, supported in part by a generous grant from the Chatham Education Foundation, will culminate with a special performance by Chatham High School string students performing with the quartet mentors on an arrangement of Vivaldi’s “Summer.”

For more details and artist bios, click here for PROGRAM

Our new and exciting 2010 season will be announced at this concert.

PLEASE NOTE: early starting time of 6:30.  We encourage you to enjoy dinner in a Chatham restaurant following the concert.