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A Christmas at Boscobel with the Putnam Chorale

November 19th, 2018

Period Choral Music Rings Out in Boscobel’s Grand Entrance Hall – Saturday, December 15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Garrison, NY – November 2018) – This holiday season, Boscobel House and Gardens proudly presents A Christmas at Boscobel with the Putnam Chorale.

Putnam Chorale Music Director Douglas Anderson has selected holiday music that would have been heard in American churches and homes in the early 19th century, reflecting life as it would have been lived at Boscobel.

Built between 1804 and 1808, Boscobel was originally the Montrose, New York dream house of wealthy Loyalists. By the 1950s, after falling into disrepair, it was demolished. Preservationists saved as many architectural fragments as possible and reassembled them fifteen miles north in Garrison, where the Neoclassical mansion was restored back to—and even beyond—its original grandeur. A Christmas at Boscobel with the Putnam Chorale showcases the music of the period that Boscobel was originally inhabited, and harkens back to the Yuletide traditions of that era.

Guests are welcome to arrive fifteen minutes early to enjoy the first floor rooms of the Historic House Museum, beautifully decorated for the holidays. Performances will take place in the Entrance Hall of the mansion followed by a reception in the Gallery.

“When Boscobel was first built, intimate concerts at home were an important part of cultural and social life,” says Executive Director Jennifer Carlquist, “We’re so pleased to recreate that experience during the holidays with the Putnam Chorale. They infuse every performance with emotion, and have chosen a repertoire perfectly suited for Boscobel’s period, acoustics, and extraordinary beauty.”

PROGRAM:
Gloria (first movement) | Antonio Vivaldi
Bring a Torch | Anonymous, French
Lullaby of Mary and the Angels | Traditional, Dutch
Lo, how a rose e’er blooming | Traditional, German
Still, Still, Still | Anonymous, Austrian
Ave Verum Corpus | W. A. Mozart
Boars Head Carol | Old English
Here we come a-wassailing | Old English
Vom Himmel Hoch | Martin Luther, Valentin Schumann
New Years Carol | Benjamin Britten (the sole, 20th-century work because it is too beautiful to leave out.)

DETAILS:
Saturday, December 15
Two performances, 4:30pm and 6:00pm
Tickets available for purchase online or by calling 845-265-3638
Members $14 | Not-Yet-Members $18
Advance reservations recommended

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