Tag: Benefit Concert

“Afternoon on a Hill”: Musical Celebration to Benefit Steepletop, Aug 13

On Saturday, August 13, the grounds at Edna St. Vincent Millay’s historic home, Steepletop, will be open for the first time in three years for a special musical event to benefit the restoration and maintenance of the historic site. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to wander through Millay’s gardens and fields and explore the Poetry Trail that leads to the Millay family gravesites. Millay’s house will also be open for tours for a limited number of ticket holders.

The centerpiece of the day will be a 2:00 pm concert under a tent on the hill by Millay’s home, featuring celebrated musical interpreters of Millay’s poetry: Scottish harper, composer and producer Maeve Gilchrist, and The Edna Project, made up of Liz Queler, Seth Farber and their son, Joey Farber.

Maeve Gilchrist, who will perform the title cut from her latest CD, “The Harpweaver,” inspired by one of Millay’s iconic poems, has been described by one critic as “a phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity.” Maeve‘s innovative approach to her instrument stretches its harmonic limits and improvisational possibilities. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, currently based in Brooklyn, New York, she is as at home as a soloist with an internationally renowned orchestra as she is playing with a traditional Irish folk group or working with electronic sounds in a more contemporary setting. Maeve has released five albums to date, including “The Harpweaver,” which the Irish Times gave a five-star review, calling it “buoyant, sprightly and utterly beguiling…a snapshot of a musician at the top of her game.” 

The Edna Project, who will perform a selection of Millay’s poetry set to music, has been hailed as “an eclectic sublimely musical melding of folk, bluegrass, rock and jazz with humor and great harmonies” and “an amazing bunch of top-notch musicians and first-rate lyrics taken from the poetry of Millay.” Each member is a remarkable musician: singer/songwriter/composer Liz is a three-time Grammy nominee who has performed extensively as a singer and as an instrumentalist.

Composer/musician Seth was music director for the late folk/blues legend Odetta and has also been nominated for several Grammys; he has numerous Broadway credits and his music has been used extensively for film and television. Joey, a recent graduate of the Berklee School of Music, is fast amassing his own impressive credits, including several national jingles, an off-Broadway show (“Soul Doctor”) and appearances on SNL and other late-night television shows.

A wine reception will follow the concert.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 13, 2022 / 10am – 5:30pm

LOCATION: Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Steepletop
440 East Hill Road
Austerlitz, NY

TICKETS: $95, $125
$95 per person for concert & reception
$125 for concert, reception, and 45-minute house tour (a limited number of house tours are available).
Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.millay.org, or at the door.


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A Concert to Benefit Hudson Area Library: American Songbook & Art Songs, Jul 15

Hudson Area Library invites you to a benefit concert with American tenor Christopher Reames and pianist Martin Néron. The two will present music for a mid-summer afternoon consisting of American songbook and art songs by Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Ginastera and others, with short solo piano selections as well. Proceeds from this concert will benefit the Hudson Area Library, with its newly expanded hours and ever-increasing programming for everyone in the community.

Christopher Reames is a concert artist, recitalist, and dynamic performer on the operatic stage. His compelling performances captivate audiences with beauty and sensitivity. Reames has appeared as a finalist in national competitions with the Art Song Preservation Society of New York, Joy in Singing, New York Oratorio Society, National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award, and the Franco- American Vocal Academy organizations. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from SUNY at Stony Brook, a Master of Music degree from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and a Bachelor of Science degree from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.

Canadian pianist Martin Néron is acclaimed for his performances of art song repertoire and research in linguistics. He has accompanied vocal recitals at Lincoln Center, CAMI Hall, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the United Nations, the Metropolitan Room, the Onassis Center, and the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, among other venues. As a recording artist, Néron has released albums with multiple labels, including his latest recording project, Mauthausen (2015), which features the Shanghai Quartet, clarinetist Igor Begelman, and mezzo-soprano Lina Orfanou. Néron has also recorded several concerts for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Néron holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (D.M.A.), Westminster Choir College (M.M.), and Université de Montréal (B.M.). He is the founder and artistic director of the Vocalis Consort, a group of collaborative musicians and artists devoted to sharing their passion for art song, which has presented over 25 programs in the New York metropolitan area in recent years.

Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 4pm

Hudson Area Library: the library’s community room
51 N. 5th St. (at State St.)
Hudson, NY 12534

Suggested donation is $15.
Seats can be reserved online by visiting hudsonarealibrary.org, or visiting the circulation desk in the library.

For further information about this event, call 518-828-1792 x101



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