St. John’s Presents… Our Spring Season!

St. John's Presents brings a variety of music to the heart of The Village. This season you'll be treated to a mix of classical, modern jazz and world music. All performances are on Thursdays. Come and join us for one or more of these...

St John’s Presents… Canticum Scholare on December 1st!

You are warmly invited to "Virgin, Child, and Angels: Candlelight Christmas Concert", an evening of sacred and secular music celebrating the holiday season. Canticum Scholare will perform works by Palestrina, Hassler, Parsons, and their favorite carols! Canticum...

St. John’s Presents: Our Concert Series

We are about halfway through our Fall Season of St. John's Presents! St. John's Presents brings a variety of different music styles and genres to the heart of the Village and under one roof. This season the audience is treated to a mix of classical music, modern jazz...

April 20th, 7:30 PM: Kyle Saulnier's Awakening Orchestra (MODERN JAZZ ORCHESTRA) $10

Although it’s right there in the name, it’s not entirely clear whether composer/leader Kyle Saulnier’s Awakening Orchestra is in fact an orchestra, a big band or something entirely and wildly different. Encompassing broad swaths of musical style in both original and recontextualized and re-imagined compositions, the Awakening Orchestra delves deep into traditions from classical to jazz to indie rock on their debut album, volume I: this is not the answer.

Interspersing original work – like the intricate, four-part, title-track symphony – with often radical interpretations of work by Samuel Barber, Radiohead, Johannes Brahms and Low, volume I: this is not the answer crafts a powerful mix of written and improvised material. Throughout, individual expressions of virtuosity blend seamlessly with Kyle Saulnier’s ever-shifting orchestral textures, and the Awakening Orchestra’s ten years of performing experience come through in the nuanced yet strongly-defined ensemble concept that threads through the record.

For more about Kyle Saulnier, visit: kylesaulnier.com

May 4th, 7:30 PM: Sara Caswell Quartet (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ) $15 Adults/$5 Seniors

Recognized as a “Rising Star” in the DownBeat Magazine Critics and Readers Polls every year since 2013 and featured on the cover of the September 2014 issue of Strings Magazine, violinist Sara Caswell regularly performs with her two groups (the Sara Caswell Quartet and the Caswell Sisters Quintet), as well as clarinetist David Krakauer’s The Big Picture, mandolinist Joseph Brent’s 9 Horses, and jazz vocalist Roseanna Vitro’s Quintet. She is a member of the house band for NBC’s weekly variety show “Maya & Marty” starring Maya Rudolph and Martin Short, as well as the New York Pops Orchestra with whom she has been a featured soloist several times in Carnegie Hall. She has toured extensively with Grammy winners bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding and violinist Mark O’Connor, and performed and/or recorded with such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Kishi Bashi, Regina Carter, Jenny Scheinman, Alan Ferber, Fabian Almazan, Nadje Noordhuis, Gene Bertoncini, and Skitch Henderson. Currently on faculty at both the Berklee College of Music and Manhattan School of Music, Sara studied classical violin with Josef Gingold and jazz with David Baker, has won over 100 awards and first-place prizes in the jazz and classical competition worlds, and has released two highly-acclaimed solo CDs – First Song and But Beautiful – and most recently, a CD with her sister, vocalist Rachel Caswell, entitled Alive in the Singing Air featuring jazz pianist Fred Hersch.

Sara Caswell Quartet
Sara Caswell, violin
Jesse Lewis, guitar
Ike Sturm, bass
Jared Schonig, drums

For more about Sara, visit: saracaswell.com

May 18th, 7:30 PM: The Supruli Georgian Choir (TRADITIONAL GEORGIAN FOLK) $15 Adults/$5 Seniors

Supruli is a NYC-based choir that performs traditional polyphonic folk and liturgical songs from Georgia.
Poughkeepsie native Carl Linich has been a scholar, teacher, and performer of traditional Georgian polyphonic singing since 1990, and is a member of Trio Kavkasia. After being introduced to Georgian vocal polyphony through the Hudson Valley’s own Kartuli Ensemble, Carl eventually went on to live in Georgia for about 10 years. He speaks fluent Georgian and has led numerous singing tours in Georgia since 2001, as well as many workshops in North America and elsewhere. While living in Georgia, Carl founded and directed a group of foreigners that sang exclusively Georgian folk songs. In 2004, Carl completed a full fellowship MFA graduate degree in voice at Bennington College, where he also taught a course on Georgian culture and folk singing. In recognition of his work to promote and preserve Georgian folk song, Carl has been honored as a Silver Medal Laureate of the Georgian government (1995) and is the recipient of Georgia’s prestigious President’s Order of Merit Award (2009). He has worked on numerous CDs and publications related to Georgian folk music for the Tbilisi State Conservatory, the State Folklore Center of Georgia, and the International Centre for Georgian Folk Song. Carl has toured with the Vermont-based Northern Harmony ensemble and has been leading summer singing camps for Village Harmony since 2000. He currently directs the Supruli Ensemble in New York City, the Bard College Georgian Vocal Ensemble, and sings in a family trio with his two young sons. Carl leads workshops and also offers private instruction in Georgian vocal ornamentation, Georgian stringed instruments (chonguri, panduri, chunir) and Georgian language.

For more about Supruli, find them on Facebook at: facebook.com/Supruli

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