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Our History

In July 2010 the Westchester Concert Singers (founded in 1955 as the Pleasantville Cantata Singers) and the Choral Arts Society (founded in 1937 as the Ossining Music Guild) merged into the 70-voice Hudson Chorale. For many decades both of these ensembles enjoyed reputations throughout the Hudson Valley for their beautiful interpretations of choral works of all periods and for their high standards of professionalism. The merger of the two choruses marked not only the birth of a powerful new choral ensemble, but an exciting moment in Westchester for both choral musicians and their audiences.

Ira Spaulding, our new Music Director joins David Baranowski, Pianist and Assistant Director as Hudson Chorale launches its seventh season in Westchester.  Read more about them on the Our Artists page.

Past Concerts

Felix Mendelssohn - Elijah
 Saturday, May 14, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Irvington Middle/High School
40 North Broadway
Irvington, NY
Ira Spaulding, Conductor

"Cathedral Classics"
Sunday, January 24, 2016
3:00 p.m.
White Plains Presbyterian Church
39 N. Broadway, White Plains, NY
Ira Spaulding, Conductor

Program:
Requiem - Maurice Duruflé
4 Motets Francis Poulenc
Deux Melodies Hebraiques – Maurice Ravel
O Sacrum Convivium – Olivier Messiaen
with organ

"American Voices - Part II "
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Irvington Middle/High School
Irvington, NY 
Michael Conley, Conductor
Program:
Americana - Randall Thompson/American Mercury Magazine
Four Pastorales - Cecil Effinger/Thomas Hornsby Ferril
Alleluia - Paul Basler
This Bequest of Wings - Michael Conley/Emily Dickinson

"Glorious Colors of Chorus and Brass"
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Irvington Middle/High School
Irvington, NY
Michael Conley, Conductor
Program:
Antiphon - Ralph Vaughan Williams
Three Renaissance motets, scored for "double chorus"
of voices and brass - Heinrich Schutz, Giovanni Gabrieli,
Ruggiero Giovannelli
Missa in Sono Tubae - Trond Kverno
An American Medley - Stephen Paulus

"War and Peace"
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Irvington Middle/High School
Irvington, NY
Michael Conley, Conductor
Program:
Missa in Angustiis - Franz Joseph Haydn
Dona Nobis Pacem - Ralph Vaughan Williams
David Baranowski, Organ
Justin Beck, Tenor
John Bellemer, Tenor
Sarah Nelson Craft, Mezzo-Soprano
Laura Green, Soprano
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Mezzo-Soprano
Scott Toperzer, Bass

“American  Voices"
Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26, 2014
Pleasantville Presbyterian Church
Pleasantville, NY

Michael Conley, Conductor
Program:
The Last Words of David, Frostiana, and Alleluia by Randall Thompson
with additional works by
David L. Brunner, Norman Dello Joio
and premiering
Tudor Triptych by Michael Conley

“Beethoven!”
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Irvington Middle/High School
Irvington, New York
Michael Conley, Conductor
Featuring Chorus, Soloists, and Full Orchestra
Program:
Mass in C
“Hallelujah” from Christus am Ölberge
Highlights from Fidelio
Choral Fantasy
with David Baranowski, piano

"On Strings of Song"
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Scarborough Presbyterian Church
Briarcliff Manor, New York
Michael Conley, Conductor
Program:
Jesu Meine Freude - Felix Mendelssohn
Missa Brevis in D Minor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Behold, I Build an House - Lukas Foss
Five Hebrew Love Songs - Eric Whitacre
Choruses from Porgy and Bess - Gershwin 
A Little Night Music - Stephen Sondheim

Mass in D
for chorus and orchestra
by John Knowles Paine
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Irvington Middle/High School, Irvington, New York
Michael Conley, Conductor
Laura Green, Soprano
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Mezzo Soprano
John Bellemet, Tenor
Jorell Williams, Bass

“Carols and Lullabies”
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Dobbs Ferry Middle/High School, Dobbs Ferry, NY
Michael Conley, Conductor
Program:
O Magnum Mysterium – Giovanni Gabrieli
Four Songs for Women’s Chorus – Johannes Brahms
There is Sweet Music Here – Stephen Chatman
O Magnum Mysterium – Morten Lauridsen
O Magnum Mysterium – Michael Conley
Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind – Stephen Chatman
Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest
Conrad Susa
Timothy Heavner, Piano, Marimba, Vibraphone
Stacey Shames, Harp
Jacquelyn Adams, Rachel Drehmann, Horn
Oren Fader, Guitar
Arthur Sato, Oboe

"Myths and Meditations"
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Irvington High School, Irvington, NY
Michael Conley, Conductor

Program:
Acis and Galatea: Overture and Opening Chorus – Georg Frederic Handel
Pastoral: Lie Strewn the White Flocks – Sir Arthur Bliss
with Sato Moughalian/Flute
The Lark Ascending – Ralph Vaughan Williams
with Deborah Buck/Violin
Lux Aeterna with orchestra – Morten Lauridsen

“Heaven’s Harmony”
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Horace Greeley High School, Chappaqua, NY
Michael Conley, Conductor
Program:
Requiem with two pianos – Johannes Brahms
with Laura Green, Soprano
Jorell Williams, Baritone
Timothy Heavner, Piano
David Baranowski, Piano

Farther Sail – Eric Helmuth
Love Alone – Ned Rorem
Magnificat (from the Dante Symphony) – Franz Liszt

 

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