Start the New Year off right. Support the programs of the Westchester Oratorio Society by joining with the group to help usher in the third season of the PBS hit series Downton Abbey. The Right Honourable Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, and the Right Honourable Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, cordially invite you to a Roaring Twenties Soiree at Muscoot Farm.
The event, entitled "From the Earl of Grantham to the Duke of Ellington," is a cocktail party in the Farm’s historic main house featuring cocktail fare & desserts from “The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook ,” along with great music, dancing, silent auction, a tour of the house (remodeled in the 1920's), card reading, photographs in costume, and more. Flapper-era attire is welcome but not required.
Also in January, the oratorio society resumes weekly rehearsals on Tuesday evenings in Katonah for the spring portion of the group’s 16th Season, its sixth under the direction of Benjamin Niemczyk, which includes a chamber concert at the Chappaqua Library in March and a special concert on June 2, 2013 in Cross River, New York with a program that includes works by Beethoven and Brahms and features Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy" performed by the internationally renowned pianist Helene Grimaud. The concert is a memorial for Robert C. McDonald, who after his retirement from IBM did work for both the Westchester Oratorio Society and the Wolf Conservation Center, the latter organization having been founded by Ms. Grimaud.
Competent singers in all voices with an ability to read music are welcome to join. For information on singing visit the group's website, email or call 347 223 9303.