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Ars Choralis celebrates the Hudson Valley’s musical legacy

Catskill Echoes an Ars Choralis Concert
Catskill Echoes an Ars Choralis Concert
Ars Choralis

An Ars Choralis concert titled Catskill Echoes will be performed June 21 at 7 p.m. and June 22 at 4 p.m. at the historic Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock NY. It is a celebration of the Hudson Valley's musical legacy that includes Native American prayer and music, shape-note songs of Lewis Edson, Camp Woodland folk music, the Saugerties Band Camp, Underground Railroad songs, music of Ashokan and compositions of Catskill Mountain and Hudson Valley residents.

The concert, created by Ars Choralis conductor Barbara Pickhardt, will be accompanied by pianists Kristen Tuttman and Harvey Boyer, flutist Lynn Peck, cellist Erica Pickhardt, guitarist Greg Dinger and banjo player Mike Haller. Special guests Randi Parker, Phil Parker and Ron Westervelt will play Bolero, a trumpet trio composed by Ernest Williams, the creator of the Saugerties Band Camp. Folksinger/guitarist Pat Lamanna and narrator Sue Rosenberg will share their experience at Camp Woodland.

The chorus will pay tribute in song to the people who lost their land and homes during the flooding of the reservoirs in the early 20th century and to the slaves who followed the Underground Railroad seeking freedom in the mid-19th century. Native Americans will be acknowledged and honored by Dennis Yerry (Saturday) and Evan Pritchard (Sunday). The chorus will perform music of Peter Schickele, Elliot Levine, Alexander Semmler, Frank Grapel, Robert Starer, Pete Seeger, Aaron Copland, Herbert Haufrecht and Greg Dinger, among others. Gilles Malkine will narrate the program.

The Maverick Concert Hall is a unique concert in the woods experience taking place inside and outside of a completely refurbished 100 year old barn built to host chamber music concerts. Tickets $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
For more information please visit the Ars Choralis website.