A Little Sunday Music
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The Mendelssohn Club of Albany - February 2

Since its founding in 1909, this male chorus has become the longest continuously performing arts group in New York Stateís Capital District.

The Mendelssohn Club of Albany is composed of men with a variety of occupations and interests who live in the greater Capital District, Hudson Valley, and Berkshires. The club is dedicated to preserving and presenting menís choral music and blends musical experiences with fellowship for members through rehearsals, concerts, and social gatherings.

The Club has performed outside the area in such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, but most of their performances are in the Capital District. They are regularly engaged for the Albany Tulip Festival and sing many benefit concerts, such as the "Voices of Hope" benefit at the Delmar Methodist Church in March 2012.

The Club performs a mix of music: show songs, hymns, spirituals, classical, pop. These pieces come from a wide range of male choral literature from around the world.

Read more about the Mendelssohn Club at http://www.mendelssohn.org/History/index.mhtml

Conductor Jeffrey Vredenburg holds degrees from the Crane School of Music and UAlbany. Postgraduate work has included choral conducting seminars with Donald Neuen, Dale Warland, Robert Page, Gregg Smith, and Margaret Hillis. He retired after 33 years as head of the Saratoga Springs City Schools music department, where he taught music theory and directed three choruses in the high school. His Choraliers received the highest ratings at NYSSMA competitions and national music festivals all along the eastern seaboard and in Canada. Currently he works for the Crane School as a college supervisor for Capital District student-teachers in music.

Pianist Michael Clement was trained at the Eastman School of Music, University of Arizona, and University of Southern California. He has performed concerts throughout the U.S. and has served as music director of Opera Excelsior, vocal coach at the College of Saint Rose, accompanist at Skidmore College, and music director of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Albany.

Spiral Tango - December 1

Spiral Tango is the musical duo of classical guitarist William Simcoe and flutist Elisabeth Williams. Spiral Tango has performed for the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, Monday Musical Club of Albany, Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York, Troy Savings Bank Music at Noon, City of Albany Special Events, and Caffe Lena. Their performances have taken them to venues throughout the Northeast, as well as to Italy where they performed at the Classical Guitar Academy of Milan. Their CD My Dreams of Tango is available on Eroica Classical Recordings (2006).

Ray Andrews is a guitarist who focuses on the 17th century repertoire for the Baroque guitar, giving performances and lectures around the area and at various colleges. He also explores the music of the Andes on the charango, a folk-music relative of the Baroque guitar from that region. He performs this music with Spiral Tango and as a duo with Bill Simcoe.

Nina Fine and Steve Dahlin - November 3

Mezzo-soprano Nina Fine has sung at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, City Center, Symphony Space, The Kimmel Center, The Academy of Music, The Mann Center, The Kennedy Center and The National Cathedral. She has appeared with The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Albany Symphony.

Ms. Fine is a featured and ensemble singer with Peter Nero and The Philly Pops. She has been a featured soloist with The Lyra Chamber Ensemble, The Brooks Tegler Big Band, and The Pandemonia Orchestra. She is also an originating member of Boogie Rhythm, a female swing trio performing classics from the WWII era. Ms. Fine has performed her solo cabaret show, Love Bites, at many East Coast venues.

In the recording arena, Ms. Fine has lent her vocal talent to the CD Voices for Children and to recordings of new works.

Bass-baritone Steve Dahlin has sung solos with the Columbia Festival Orchestra in community sings of Mozartís Requiem, Faureís Requiem and Handelís Messiah. He has appeared with the Hudson Valley Choral Society as soloist in J.S. Bachís Peasant Cantata, Mozartís Vespers and Litaniae Lauretenae, Gounodís St. Cecilia Mass, Handelís Messiah and Dvorakís Stabat Mater.

In the opera world, Mr. Dahlin has sung with the New York Opera Forum, the Seattle Opera Chorus and Vocal Arts Northwest. In local musical theater, he has sung roles in Assassins and HMS Pinafore with the Ghent Playhouse, and in Berlin to Broadway with the Impulse Theater and Dance Company in Palenville.

Mr. Dahlin also sings with St.Paulís Church in Albany, where he has performed solos in Bachís Cantata 21, Haydnís Mass in Time of War and The Seasons, and numerous other sacred works.

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