Celebrate the gentle season with the Helderberg Madrigal Singers

The Helderberg Madrigal Singers will present a celebration of the gentle season in a program of vocal music from the 13th to 18th centuries accompanied by period instruments. Sponsored by the New Scotland Historical Association, this free program, open to the public, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. at the Wyman Osterhout Community Center at 7 Old New Salem Rd. in New Scotland.

To the Editor:

The Helderberg Madrigal Singers will present “Revels in the Cheerful Spring,” a celebration of the gentle season for the New Scotland Historical Association. The free performance is open to the public. Selections focus on the reawakening of the birds and flowers, seasonal pursuits such as Maypole dancing, and springtime love and lust.  

The Helderberg Madrigal Singers perform a capella music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque periods, usually in the original language. The group was founded in 1978, and has performed throughout the area over the past 39 years at such venues as First Night Saratoga and Albany, Medieval Faire at Cathedral of All Saints, concert series at area libraries and churches, and at lunchtime concert series at Troy Music Hall and St. Paul’s and First United Presbyterian Churches in Troy.

The singers are all Capital District residents, and also lend their skills to numerous area choral endeavors, including Albany Pro Musica, Glimmerglass Opera, Berkshire Choral Festival, and several church and synagogue choirs.

The singers are Martha Bond and Sarah Johnsen Popiel, sopranos; Dawn Dana and Beth Gurzler, altos; Dick Dana, tenor; David Metz and Tim Smith, basses. When the music calls for accompaniment, members’ talents on the recorder, krumhorn, guitar, and percussion are employed.

This delightful program will be presented on Tuesday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Wyman Osterhout Community Center in New Salem on Old New Salem Road. The association’s museum will be open 30 minutes before the start of the program. Admission is always free.

Judy Kimes, publicist

New Scotland

Historical Association

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