The “Artist Within” shows include members of Ars Choralis as well as guest musicians & singers, and often feature different styles of music. The concerts occur in the intimate acoustics of The Sheeley House Bed & Breakfast (a restored 18th c. home), located at 6 Fairview Ave., off Lucas Ave., in High Falls. “Admission” is by donation. Proceeds are used to sustain the Ars Choralis program.
We mounted a lighthearted program to celebrate the arrival of spring and the (finally!) departure of winter. Ars Choralis singers and instrumentalists Greg Dinger (guitars), Mike Haller (banjo & harmonica), Laurel Herdman, Karen Levine (percussion), Mark Lindeman, Jim Noecker (piano), Chuck Snyder, Jim Ulrich (autoharp) & Todd West performed songs of mirth, ridicule, sweetness, and acerbic wit, including material by The Beatles, Pete Seeger, The Chordettes, Randy Newman, They Might Be Giants, The Coasters, Barenaked Ladies, Chuck Berry and others. The show featured several a cappella performances, a classical guitar solo, and audience singalongs.
Previous Artist Within Concerts
"A Special Valentine" presented The SAGAD Trio (Anastasia Solberg, violist, Ars Choralis member Greg Dinger, classical guitar & arranger, and Aaron Cush Solberg, cellist) with guest vocalist Stephanie Backofen. The program featured music and poetry (read by Christina Gardner and other Ars Choralis members) linked to the theme of love. Music of Rodgers & Hart, the Gershwins, Lennon & McCartney, Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Tchaikovsky and others were on the program.
The "Artist Within" concert continued with a voice & guitar recital by Anita Shamansky and Greg Dinger. The first half of the program featured art songs from Elizabethan England through the 19th century by Dowland, Purcell, Handel, J. S. Bach, Mozart, Bellini, Schubert and Liszt; the second half offered folk-derived songs (arranged by Manuel DeFalla and others) from Spain, France, the British Isles and America, and a show tune & opera song by George Gershwin.
Ars Choralis' "Artist Within" Series continued this season with the 4th annual Valentine's Day Love Song Celebration. Singers and instrumentalists in this show were Barbara Berlind, Greg Dinger, Laurel Herdman, Kimberly Horn, Jim Noecker and Chuck Snyder. The program featured songs of love by George Gershwin, Billy Preston, Paul McCartney, Phil Spector, Barry Manilow, Simon & Garfunkel, The Shirelles and others, some arranged-for-classical guitar love songs, this year's installment of the anti-love song medley "Love Stinks, Part 4" and an a cappella Motown Medley as the concert's finale.
The "Just Folks Jamboree" presented all kinds of folk music, ranging from traditional British Isles ballads, singer/songwriter tunes, blues- country- & gospel-based songs, to folk-rock hits and classical arrangements. Singers and instrumentalists included Greg Dinger, Christina Gardner, Mike Haller, Sarah Kessenich, Karen Levine, Lynn Peck, Renee Samuels, and Kurt, Matt & Jim Ulrich, plus the bluegrass group "Two Dollar Goat." The diverse program included songs associated with Pete Seeger, Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, “Peter Paul & Mary,” “The Mamas & The Papas,” Emmylou Harris, as well as less familiar names including Ewan McColl, Lou & Peter Berryman, Robert Beaser, and the Nashville Bluegrass Band. Of course the show ended with a rousing sing-along!
Rehearsing for the Just Folks Jamboree
l to r, Karen Levine, Jim Ulrich, Christina Gardner, Greg Dinger, Mike Haller
In the past, works of Ars Choralis members, painter Barbara Berlind, painter/photographers Renee Samuels and Christina Gardner, potter Sue Ulrich, quilters Sarah Kessenich and Bernice Leonard and jeweler Leeta Damon have been displayed at concerts as part of the “Artist Within” program.