Saturday, October 22 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 23 at 2:00 pm
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at Bard College
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theatre Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir with the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program, Bard Collge Chamber Singers
Leon Botstein, music director
James Bagwell, choral director
Saturday, November 19 at 2:00 PM
Love is love is love is love Christ Church 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie at 2:00 PM
Chamber Choir, Treble Choir, Cor Capriccio Children's Choir
Chamber Choir will present Magnificat in C, Johann Pachelbel and other pieces James Fitzwilliam, organ & piano Sunday, December 4
Lessons & Carols
The Vassar College Chapel at 7:00 PM
Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir, Treble Choir and Cor Capriccio Children's Choir
This annual Advent service includes readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols that culminates in a stunning candle lighting ceremony. Featuring the Vassar College Choir, Chamber Singers, and Women’s Chorus; and Cappella Festiva Chamber, Treble and Cor Capriccio Children's Choirs
Saturday, December 17 at 2:00 PM Messiah*
Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Poughkeeosie
Hudson Valley Philharmonic & Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir
*This is a concert performance, not a sing-in.
This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.
Looking back at our 2021 ~ 2022 Season
Sunday, October 17, 2021 ~ 3:00 PM - Vassar College Chapel
Homecoming: A return to singing Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir
Melissa Dunphy ~ Elaine Hagenburg ~ Jacob Narverud ~ Rosephane Powell
Undine Smith Moore ~ Christopher Tin ~ Gwyneth Walker ~ Eric Whitacre
Sunday, November 14, 2021 ~ 5:30 PM - St. John’s Lutheran Church, Poughkeepsie
Fall Concert: One in Music
Cappella Festiva Treble Choir & Cor Capriccio Children's Choir
This project was made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.
Sunday, December 5, 2021 ~ 7:00 PM - Vassar College Chapel
Lessons and Carols
This annual Advent service includes readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols that culminates in a stunning candle lighting ceremony. Featuring the Vassar College Choir, Chamber Singers, and Women’s Chorus; and Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir.
Saturday, December 18, 2021 ~ 2:00 PM - Bardavon 1869 Opera House
Hudson Valley Philharmonic & Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir
Saturday, March 5, 2022 ~ 8:00pm - Bardavon 1869 Opera House
A program celebrating women, featuring all-female composers, soloists, visual artists and conductor and culminating in the HVP premiere of Florence Price’s Symphony #1.
Guest Conductor, Dr. Anne Lundy
featuring Flowers (from Anthracite Fields by Julia Wolfe)
Flowers with Cappella Festiva and projections of paintings and photographs by Georgia O’Keefe, Imogen Cunningham, Margaret Bourke-White and others
Hudson Valley Philharmonic and Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir
Saturday, March 26, 2022 ~ 2:00pm ~ St. John's Church, Poughkeepsie
Cappella Festiva Cor Capriccio and Treble Choirs
Sunday, March 27, 2022 ~ 5:00pm - Christ Church Poughkeepsie
We Shall Walk Through the Valley ~ A Choral Evensong Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir
Honoring the life and work of A.J Williams-Myers
Cappella Festiva will sing works by
William L. Dawson, Marques L. Garrett, Bobby McFerrin, Undine Smith Moore, Rosephanye Powell, Trevor Weston
Suggested donation of $15 to be donated to the A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Center
Sunday, May 15, 2022 ~ 3:00 PM - Vassar College Chapel
Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir and Treble Choir with chamber orchestra
Looking Back to December 2020
HANDEL’S MESSIAH: A VIRTUAL EVENT
This was a sing along at home to excerpts from the 2019 performance of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and Cappella Festiva, with lyrics on the screen and commentary by Guest Conductor Christine Howlett.
VIRTUAL MESSIAH 2020
Recorded at the December 18, 2020 performance at the Bardavon Opera House
Hudson Valley Philharmonic with Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir
Katherine Whyte, soprano, Christina English, mezzo-soprano,
Dann Coakwell, tenor, Tyler Duncan, baritone
Christine Howlett, guest conductor
OVERTURE TENOR Recit: Comfort ye my people TENOR Aria: Every Valley shall be exalted CHORUS: And the Glory of the Lord BASS Recit: Thus saith the Lord BASS Aria: But who may abide the day of his coming CHORUS: And he shall purify ALTO Recit: Behold a virgin shall conceive ALTO Aria and CHORUS: O Thou that tellest good tidings to Zion CHORUS: For unto us a Child is born PIFA SOPRANO Recit: There were shepherds abiding in the field; And lo, the angel of the Lord; And the angel said unto them; And suddenly there was with the angel CHORUS: Glory to God SOPRANO Aria: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion ALTO Recit: Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened DUET: He shall feed his flock CHORUS:His Yoke is easy, and his burthen is light CHORUS: Hallelujah
Using the 1912 G. Schirmer edition of Messiah
The score will be visible on the screen or you can link to THE ENTIRE SCORE HERE
Made possible through the generous support of Rhinebeck Bank, the Dr. Edwin Ulrich Charitable Trust, the Bruderhof and WMHT FM 89.1 Schenectady and WRHV.
We hope this Cappella Festiva newsletter finds you all well. While we wait until we can be together in person again, please join us as we look back on the year and look forward to what is to come. We miss you!
Let's start with the fall of 2019.
We are rehearsing here (photo above) in preparation for a collaborative concert performance that took place on Sunday, October 27th. Collaborating choirs: Cappella Festiva Treble Choir, conductor Matthew Zydel Cor Capriccio Children’s Choir, conductor Elizabeth Clifton Children’s Chorus of Maryland, conductor Susan Bialek They performed pieces by Bob Chilcott, Andrea Ramsey and Jim Papoulis in the beautiful Skinner Hall of Music at Vassar College.
Cappella Chamber Choir rehearses on a beautiful Saturday morning back in October, while preparing for an upcoming concert: Dreams of a Glorious Day. Take a listen to their gorgeous voices sing Let the River Run, lyrics and music by Carly Simon.
Our glorious annual Lessons and Carols in the Vassar College Chapel. All three of our choirs performed.
Our Treble Choir performed at Lessons & Carols on Sunday evening, December 8, 2019 to a packed chapel.
Back in December of 2019 ~ Annual joint rehearsal of Cappella Festiva and the Bruderhof Community, Maple Ridge, for Handel's Messiah. About 200 voices, expertly conducted by Dr. Christine Howlett. Always an enjoyable, uplifting experience, and the Bruderhof's cookies are outstanding!
"First rehearsal for Saturday's sold out performance of Handel's Messiah with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. They, uh, don't make mistakes."
~ Wayne Delia
The Bardavon Marquee ~ December 2019
Our community has come to love and rely on this perennial favorite,
Our last live performance
Cappella Festiva Treble Choir and Cor Capriccio performed at Modfest
Saturday, February 8th at 3:00pm
Skinner Hall of Music
Then Covid19 happened.
Jake Runestad, American composer, was our guest at Cappella's zoom gathering in April. This was especially meaningful since we sang one of his pieces "Come to the Woods" at our fall concert. 60+ singers had the opportunity to ask him questions.
Referring to "Come to the Woods," he answered, "How do I embody the soundscape of that world? I definitely have a picture in my head. I picture John Muir skipping down a trail...." Jake gave us a glimpse of how and why he writes. It was an honor to host Jake Runestad and we hope to sing more of his music in the future.