Ars Choralis returns to its occasional in-home fundraiser Artists Within featuring members of the chorus showcasing their talents beyond their choir voices, after a two-year gap in programs due to the Covid pandemic.
Artists Within features members of Ars Choralis as well as guest musicians & singers, performing a variety of styles of music. Presented in the intimate setting 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 for the benefit of Ars Choralis.
Admission is by donation, and seating is limited so reservations are strongly recommended: call the Sheeley House at 845-687-4360.
Frets, Keys & Pipes
Saturday, February 1, 2020
This program showcased singers Harvey Boyer and Greg Dinger, who also play keyboards & guitars respectively. Boyer has been singing with Ars Choralis for about 10 years and Dinger has been with the chorus since the 1990s (and was then the president of the AC board). They’ll be joined on several numbers by guest artist, singer Nicole Ryan (who happens to be a bandmember of “Fishbowl,” of which Boyer & Dinger are also members).
Dinger and Boyer are seasoned performers and music educators in the Hudson Valley area, and have each performed in a variety of classical, musical theater and rock & jazz situations for many years.
Their highly unusual genre-spanning program included songs ranging from early rock ’n’ roll (Fats Domino, Elvis Presley, The Beatles) to classical (Dowland, Schubert, Verdi), to Broadway (Leonard Bernstein, Frank Loesser, Meredith Willson) to more modern rock and fusion (Linda Ronstadt, Hall & Oates, Sting, The Crusaders), plus spirituals and guitar music.
Best of the Valentine’s Day Shows 2010-2013
Saturday, February 14, 2015
This “Best Of” show includes songs from four years’ worth of popular Valentine’s Day shows. Singers and instrumentalists included Chuck Snyder, Laurel Herdman, Greg Dinger, Jim Noecker, Barbara Berlind, Rob Sheeley and Karen Levine. Music by the Everly Bros., Queen, Ricky Nelson, Wings, Paul Simon, Buddy Holly, Bread, Phil Collins, and famous songsmiths including Jerome Kern, Rodgers & Hart, Duke Ellington, Mann & Weill were presented. The show also included some Latin American love songs played by classical guitarist Greg Dinger, the group’s infamous “Anti-Love Song” medley and an acappella Beatles medley as the show’s finale. A Valentine’s reception followed the show.
Just For the Fun of It!
Sunday, May 4, 2014
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.
A Special Valentine
Saturday, February 22, 2014
“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.
Songs for Guitar and Voice
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The “Artists Within” series 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.
Valentine’s Day Love Song Celebration
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Ars Choralis’s “Artists 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.
Just Folks Jamboree – May 2012
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 singalong!
Artists – Other Arts
As part of the Artists Within programs, works of Ars Choralis members including painter Barbara Berlind, painter/photographers Renee Samuels and Christina Gardner, potter Sue Ulrich, quilters Sarah Kessenich and Bernice Leonard, and jeweler Leëta Damon have been on display at these performances.