HUDSON — The Hudson Valley Choral Society Spring Concert will be held at 7 p.m. May 11 at Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union St., Hudson. The 30-voice chorus will present a program of music by American, English and Russian composers that includes poems by Agee, Longfellow, Teasdale and James Weldon Johnson.
Conductor Gretchen Rueckheim is the choir director and organist at the First Reformed Church in Chatham. She teaches piano and instrumental music at the Little Falls School of Music in Kinderhook. Rueckheim currently performs as a member of the Cantilena Chamber Choir in western Massachusetts.
Highlights of this concert will include a performance by New Lebanon pianist Natalia Shevchuk of her exquisite arrangement of “Greensleeves.” A local Contralto soloist, Nancy Baker, will perform a piece from “Remembering Albany: A Song Cycle” by Mary Mageau/A Christine Loux entitled “Deep In Memory” accompanied by Natalia Shevchuk. There will also be a duet entitled “Serenade” by Schubert, performed by Diana Barnes of Hillsdale and Nancy Baker of Chatham. A small ensemble singing “The Three Ravens” by Ravenscroft is a not-to-be-missed performance.
Formally organized in 1974 in Columbia County, the Hudson Valley Choral Society is proud to celebrate 45 years of providing classical and contemporary choral music in a chamber setting to the people of the region.
Adults, $15; seniors, $10; students under 18, free. Tickets will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance by calling 518-794-9831 or 518-828-3698. To learn more about the Hudson Valley Choral Society, visit www.fb.com/hudsonvalleychoralsociety.