Spring Plant Sale: Support CCS and enjoy beautiful flowers all summer long!


It's our most popular fundraiser of the year! Choose from a great selection of beautiful, high quality 10-inch hanging baskets (hint - they can also be easily re-planted in window boxes and in your garden!) are locally grown by our friends at Wessel's Greenhouses in Otisville. Only$15/basket!

Orders are due April 24 (pick-up on May 1 at Blooming Grove United Church of Christ). Download details here, or contact Judy Staff (845) 313 - 9491.


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Jody & Jeremy featured soloists in Upcoming concerts

Brahms’ Requiem as you (probably) have never heard it before!
“Nine years ago we presented Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) with orchestra, and it remains one of our most popular YouTube videos, with almost 8,000 views,” commented Janiece Kohler, Artistic Director of Classic Choral Society.  “The work is, without question, one of the truly beloved of all sacred choral masterpieces.  But there is an alternative version that is a bit of a rare gem – and that is what we are going to offer our audiences this season.”

The alternate version, known as the “London Version” (for the first complete British performance of this German requiem in London, England), was prepared by Brahms himself to be performed as a piano duet with four hands on one piano, and sung entirely in English.  “The beauty of his oratorio is brought to the forefront in the London Version,” said Kohler, “with its message of comfort and hope heard clearly - recognized and understood - a huge contrast from the visions of pain and terror dramatically painted in requiems of, say, Verdi or Berlioz.  I found that A German Requiem, despite the word ‘Requiem’ in its title, bears very little relation to any setting of the Latin Requiem Mass.  For me this uplifting version is certainly a personal and intimate expression of what is cherished in the ‘traditional’ version of Brahms’ work.”

Featured guest artists with the Choral Society are baritone Jeremy J. Moore, soprano Jody Weatherstone, and pianists Ruthanne Schempf and Sylvia Buccelli. “We’re excited to share this beautiful and unique version of Brahms’ Requiem, and also looking forward to our first performance in southern Orange County at St. Mary’s in Tuxedo Episcopal Church,” said Kohler.

The first presentation will be Sunday, April 30 at 4 p.m. at United Church of Christ, 2 Old Dominion Rd., Blooming Grove, NY.  An encore performance will be offered Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s in Tuxedo Episcopal Church.  No tickets are required at either location; a free-will donation will be accepted at intermission. 

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CLASSIC CHORAL SOCIETY in Orange County (NY) serves communities in the lower Hudson Valley and surrounding tri-state area.  The primary (full) chorus, as well as smaller ensembles and soloists are, with appropriate notice, available to sing at your venue.  Our repertoire is extensive and allows us access to a very wide variety of musical styles which can enhance any occasion or program - charity functions, formal concerts, and many other community entertainment events, We can provide special music for weddings, for funerals and memorial services, and for parties and other celebrations - public or private.  Contact CCS directly to get more information about performances at your special event.  We do not charge a fee, but welcome gifts that allow us to pay our expenses for our programs.  Donations are always appreciated.


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