Join us on April 23rd for Intimate Voices Concert

 St. James Church

Beginning at 6:30 pm at St. James Church in Chatham, enjoy 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 during the quartet concert of Vivaldi’s “Summer” by the students with their mentors.

Join us this summer at Club Helsinki Hudson

Club Helsinki Hudson

CFO is pleased to announce a new ensemble series, ClaverackLanding, in
residency at Club Helsinki Hudson beginning this summer.  ClaverackLanding
concerts will feature the virtuoso musicians of the CFO, and also present
highly acclaimed guest ensembles. Stay tuned for our program to be
published shortly.

Summer Sing at PS/21 – Mozart Requiem

Summer Sings at PS21
Open Readings of choral masterpieces

Mondays at 7:30 pm
at PS21 in Chatham

WHAT IS A SING?
It’s when YOU, members of the AUDIENCE, sing these magnificent choral works with piano accompaniment and professional soloists. Music scores are provided and light refreshments are served at the break.

Gwen Gould, conductor
Michael Clement, piano

with professional soloists:
Amanda Boyd, soprano
Mary Hack, alto
John Davey, tenor
Steve Dahlin, bass

July 1 3– Faure Requiem & Cantique de Jean Racine
July 20 – Brahms Requiem
July 27  – Mozart Requiem & Ave verum

Tickets at the door only: $10, $8 for members of PS21, Children free

Summer Sing at PS/21 – Brahms Requiem

Summer Sings at PS21
Open Readings of choral masterpieces

Mondays at 7:30 pm
at PS21 in Chatham

WHAT IS A SING?
It’s when YOU, members of the AUDIENCE, sing these magnificent choral works with piano accompaniment and professional soloists. Music scores are provided and light refreshments are served at the break.

Gwen Gould, conductor
Michael Clement, piano

with professional soloists:
Amanda Boyd, soprano
Mary Hack, alto
John Davey, tenor
Steve Dahlin, bass

July 1 3– Faure Requiem & Cantique de Jean Racine
July 20 – Brahms Requiem
July 27  – Mozart Requiem & Ave verum

Tickets at the door only: $10, $8 for members of PS21, Children free

Summer Sing at PS/21 – Faure Requiem

Summer Sings at PS21
Open Readings of choral masterpieces

Mondays at 7:30 pm
at PS21 in Chatham

WHAT IS A SING?
It’s when YOU, members of the AUDIENCE, sing these magnificent choral works with piano accompaniment and professional soloists. Music scores are provided and light refreshments are served at the break.

Gwen Gould, conductor
Michael Clement, piano

with professional soloists:
Amanda Boyd, soprano
Mary Hack, alto
John Davey, tenor
Steve Dahlin, bass

July 1 3– Faure Requiem & Cantique de Jean Racine
July 20 – Brahms Requiem
July 27  – Mozart Requiem & Ave verum

Tickets at the door only: $10, $8 for members of PS21, Children free

Community SING of Handel’s Messiah

Community SING of Handel’s Messiah 2007

2nd Annual Community Sing of Handel’s MESSIAH
Saturday, December 20, 2008
at 7:30 pm

St. James Church, Chatham, NY
(corner of Rtes 203 & 66)

Gwen Gould, conductor
with instrumental ensemble
Solos to be sung by entire sections!

Bring your voice out of the shower and jumpstart the Holiday Season by singing Handel’s Messiah with your family, friends, and neighbors!

Tickets are $10 at the door; $8 in advance (online only at columbiafestivalorchestra.org)

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[Chatham, NY] – The Columbia Festival Orchestra invites you to join with your neighbors and fellow music lovers in a Community Sing of Handel’s Messiah on Friday, December 20th at 7:30 pm at St. James Church in Chatham, at the corner of Rtes 66 and 203.

What is a Sing? It’s when YOU, the members of the audience, become the performers. It’s what you dream about when you sing your favorite arias in the shower!  All who attend will sing the chorus parts and even the solos! Listeners are welcome too.

Supported by an instrumental ensemble of strings and conducted by Gwen Gould, you will have the opportunity to sing the Christmas Portion of Messiah and end with the Halleluia Chorus.

Student instrumentalists are invited to join with the professional quartet of CFO string players to accompany Handel’s Messiah on this occasion.  The CFO’s “Take a Seat…in the Orchestra” mentoring program has just received a generous grant from the First Niagara Bank Foundation’s “Mentoring Matters” program to support their participation on this and other programs of the CFO during its 2008-09 season.  The professional players of the CFO will serve as mentors for the participating students.  To sign up, students should contact “Take a Seat” Program Coordinator, Heidi Liscomb, at 518-766-0415 or hliscomb@yahoo.com.

“This is not a performance, it’s an event!” says conductor Gould, “and a joyful way to start the holiday season.” Scores will be provided and light refreshments will be served during the break.

Tickets are $10 at the door; $8 in advance (online only at columbiafestivalorchestra.org)

The Columbia Festival Orchestra, a professional orchestra featuring top-notch musicians from the tri-state area, was founded in 1988 by artistic director and conductor, Gwen Gould.  Its mission is to present classical music and other concerts to the highest degree of excellence and to cultivate an appreciation of the art of music in young people and adults.

Flute Force

Sunday, October 19 at 2 pm
St. James Church
Chatham, NY (corner of Rtes 66 & 203)
Click here for PRESS RELEASE

Flute Force

Elizabeth Brown, C flute and energy chime, alto flute
Sheryl Henze, C flute, piccolo and energy chime, alto flute
Rie Schmidt, C flute and alto flute
Wendy Stern, C flute and bass flute

Program:

Igor Stravinsky:  Pastorale
Friedrich Kuhlau :  Grand Quartet, 3rd & 4th mvts
Elizabeth Brown :  Baths of Caracalla
INTERMISSION
Samuel Barber:  Adagio for Strings (arr. Rie Schmidt)
Joseph Schwantner: Silver Halo

About Flute Force
Flute Force is a flute quartet, perhaps the first professional flute quartet to have formed in the United States.  Founded in 1981, Flute Force has maintained a presence on the chamber music scene offering innovative and varied programs with a dedication to virtuosic performances.  They have mined the existing original literature, created their own transcriptions, and commissioned and premiered a substantial number of new works. Each member of Flute Force plays all the flutes of the flute family: the piccolo, flute, alto and bass flutes-sometimes in a single concert.

Musical America has called Flute Force “an extremely persuasive advocate for the flute quartet medium: four top-quality players in a perfectly balanced and expressive ensemble.”

Flute Force performs chamber music programs for all types of audiences and presents educational concerts and masterclasses for students of all levels.  Recipients of grants from the National Endowment, Chamber Music America, the New York State Council on the Arts and Meet the Composer, the New York City based ensemble has been featured in venues throughout the United States and Canada as well as at the Australian Flute Festival in Melbourne, Australia.