Upcoming Kartuli Ensemble events

Recent events
Past events

Tuesday 21 June 2011, 10:30 AM: Music Week
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY

Barbara and Roger Thorpe present Music Week each year with a variety of musical offerings for Mohonk's guests. We'll present a one hour program to introduce vacationers to the world of Georgian song.


Hudson Valley rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings at 8 PM at Glenn's house in Kingston.
Important note: The next two rehearsals will be held on Wednesday, 9 and 16 March 2011. We'll return to Thursday on 24 March, but some other upcoming rehearsals may be canceled or rescheduled.
Wednesday 9 March 8:00
Wednesday 16 March 8:00
Thursday 24 March 8:00
Thursday 31 March canceled
Thursday 7 April 8:00
Thursday 14 April canceled
Tuesday 19 April 8:00 rescheduled for Maundy Thursday
Thursday 28 April 8:00
Contact Glenn for directions and details.

For New York City rehearsal information, contact Jay Longan.

We can still use more singers, tenor and bass, male and female. If you're anywhere near Poughkeepsie--or NYC, or Minneapolis, or Boston, or D.C.--or there are three or more of you who can start a new chapter--and you'd like to join us, e-mail me for info and a copy of our current repertoire.

Recent events

Wednesday 4 May 2011, 6:00-8:00 PM: Shalva Chemo workshop
Thursday 5 May 2011, 7:30 PM: Shalva Chemo concert
Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia St, Hudson, NY 12534

Carl Linich writes:
Tristan Sikharulidze's vocal trio from Guria, Shalva Chemo, will be doing a workshop on Wednesday, May 4, followed by a concert on Thursday, May 5. Both events will be in the evening, although I don't have start times yet (probably 7 or 7:30).

They'll also be in NYC, VT, and MA--I'll be sending out a full schedule once all the details are confirmed--but for now plan on those two evenings. You really should come--they're one of the best groups in all Georgia, and Tristan is one of Georgia's greatest surviving song masters (he once told me he knew more than 130 Gurian songs). And PLEASE pass this on to anyone who might be interested! We want to make their first US visit a big success. Here's a video to give you an idea.

Here are additional dates:

May 6 (Friday) Ashfield, MA 4pm-6pm workshop, 7:30pm concert

(Pot Luck Meal with Shalva Chemo, 6 to 7) Space is limited, Phone for Reservations ASAP! Ricki & Jaimie's Place 292 Main Street, Ashfield, MA 01330 ricki@cheesemaking.com (413) 628-4568 $20 suggested donation for afternoon workshop $15 suggested donation for evening concert

May 7 (Saturday) Burlington, VT 10am-1pm workshop, 7:30pm concert

Christ Church Presbyterian 400 South Prospect Street Burlington, VT 05401 Located on UVM's Redstone Campus (under the green water tower, wheelchair accessible) http://www.christchurchburlington.org/ (802) 355-4216 $20 suggested donation for workshop $15 suggested donation for evening concert $30 for workshop + concert combination

May 8 (Sunday) Montpelier, VT 2:30-5pm workshop, 7pm concert

Bethany Church 115 Main Street Montpelier, VT 05602-2985 http://www.bethanychurchvt.org/ (802) 426-3210 $20 suggested donation for afternoon workshop $15 suggested donation for evening concert $30 for workshop + concert combination

May 9 (Monday) Greensboro, VT 7pm concert

Green Mountain Monastery 420 Hillcrest Road, Greensboro, VT 05841 (802) 533-7056 $15 suggested donation

May 10 (Tuesday) Brattleboro, VT 7:30pm concert

Limited space! Please RSVP for location & directions! ericafmorse@gmail.com (802) 251-1042 $15 suggested donation

May 11 (Wednesday) Williamstown, MA 7:30pm concert

St. John's Episcopal Church 35 Park Street Williamstown, MA 01267 http://saintjohnswilliamstown.org/ (845) 264-7877 $15 suggested donation

May 13 (Friday) Somerville, MA 7:30pm concert Featured Guests: Iveria Ensemble and The Other Georgia

Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church 155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville, MA 02144 http://www.clarendonhillchurch.org/location.html (845) 264-7877 $15 suggested donation

Sunday 15 May 2011, 7:00 PM: Colony Cafe, Woodstock, NY Shalva Chemo with featured guests The Kartuli Ensemble

22 Rock City Rd Woodstock, NY 12498 http://www.colonycafe.com/ (845) 679-8639 $15 suggested donation

May 16 (Monday) New York, NY 7:30pm concert Featured Guests: Supruli Ensemble and Starry Mountain Singers

Grace & St. Paul's Church 123 West 71st Street (between Columbus Ave and Broadway) New York, NY 10023 Subway: 1, 2 and 3 trains to 72nd Street or A and C to 72nd Street. http://www.freewebs.com/gstpchurch/ (845) 264-7877 $15 suggested donation

Friday 29 April 2011, 7:30 PM: Chveneburebi Festival
James Chapel, Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway at 121 St, New York, NY

The Georgian Ministry for the Diaspora has held concerts of the Chveneburebi Festival in France, England, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Israel, and elsewhere, uniting Georgians from the homeland with others in the diaspora, and with other supporters of the Georgian arts. Carl Linich is organizing performances in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC for this festival's first American tour.

Sunday 27 March 2011, 7 PM: Woodland Pond at New Paltz, NY

Kevin recently moved into the Woodland Pond assisted living facility in New Paltz. When his unit's activities coordinator heard a recording from Kingston, she decided they should bring us in for a concert!

Sunday 23 January 2011, 2 PM: The Gardiner Libary, Gardiner, NY

We presented a one-hour concert with several Christmas songs (alilo) for free-will donations to the Gardiner Library.

Saturday 22 January 2011, 7 PM: First Presbyterian Church, Kingston, NY

We presented a full-length concert with several Christmas songs (alilo) to benefit the Sanctuary Renovation Capital Campaign of First Presbyterian Church.

Past events

(everything that hasn't made it to the programs page yet)

Saturday 4 December 2010, 2:30 PM: Sinterklaas Rhinebeck, NY

We returned to the Sinterklaas festival to perform a half-hour program with several Christmas songs (alilo) at Third Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Saturday 5 December 2009, 3 PM: Sinterklaas Rhinebeck, NY

We performed a half-hour program in the Dutch Reformed Church, and then joined in the insanity for a few songs in the cold and rain at the closing ceremony at the end of the parade of the Sinterklaas festival.

Saturday 15 November 2008, 7:30 PM: Grace and St. Paul's Lutheran Church
123 West 71st Street, New York, NY

Eight singing groups will be featured in a benefit concert to support the ongoing work of the International Red Cross in areas affected by the war in Georgia:

Sunday 30 April 2008, 3 PM: St. John's Church
35 Park Street, Williamstown, MA

Together with the Brevalo trio and Carl's new trio Nanina, we presented a benefit concert for Maia Kachkachishvili, our friend in Tbilisi who has handled translation and logistics for two Kartuli Ensemble trips and several other of our members' trips. Maia is recovering from a brain aneurysm that caused coma and paralysis this past Christmastime, and friends all over the world are helping with her hospital bills of over $10,000. This concert raised nearly $900 for Maia.

Sunday 23 September 2007, 3 PM: All Saints Lutheran Church,
133 N. Cross Road, LaGrangeville, NY

Together with an unnamed trio from Williamstown, MA (now named Brevalo) (Doug Paisley, Silvio Eberhardt, and Carl Linich filling in for Paul McFarland, who was unable to make it), we presented a benefit concert for the church's capital campaign.

Sunday 10 December 2006, 3 PM: Pirosmani Restaurant
2222 Ave U, Brooklyn, NY 11229.

To all the members of the Georgian Ensemble

Dear Friends, I would like to express our love and appreciation for all you are doing for popularization of the unique Georgian songs in the USA and invite you to perform the Georgian Folk Songs on Sunday, December 10th, 2006 in Brooklyn at the "Pirosmani" restaurant at 3:00 p.m.

We will do our best to please you with traditional Georgian Cuisine.

In the name of Georgian Immigration
Nana Tatiashvili

We were treated to a wonderful supra with an appreciative Georgian audience.

Sunday 5 November 2006, noon: NOMAD Festival of Traditional Music and Dance
Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Drive, New Haven, CT

The final report of the festival tells us:
One experiment that succeeded beyond our expectations was use of the beautiful front foyer as a performance space. . . . We were especially pleased with a visit from our old friends, the Kartuli Ensemble, who entertained an appreciative SRO audience with choral music from the Republic of Georgia.

Sunday 27 November 2005, 5:00 PM: Fondo del Sol Museum,
2112 R St., NW, Washington, DC

Organized by Mark Zuver and Richard Osborne, Yale Russian Chorus alumni and members of the Kartuli Ensemble performed for the opening of a presentation of works by artists from "Iveria" (Georgia) and "Iberia" (Spain and Ibero-America), followed by a fundraising dinner at a nearby restaurant, La Tomate. The co-hosts for the reception and dinner were the Fondo Del Sol Museum and Levan Mikeladze, the Georgian Ambassador to the United States.

Saturday 29 October 2005, 7:30 PM: Saint Peter's Church,
619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, New York, NY

In cooperation with Village Harmony, we presented a concert of the Anchiskhati Choir, one of the premier ensembles in Georgian traditional music and the leading authorities on Georgian Church music. We sang a short opening set.

Sunday 17 April 2005, 7 PM: All Saints Lutheran Church,
133 N. Cross Road, LaGrangeville, NY

This was a benefit concert for Carl Linich's Georgian cousin Natia whose severe astigmatism required eye surgery costing about $3000 per eye. We raised about $300 towards this, and Natia has since had successful surgery on both eyes. Natia's mother and Carl have sent us a letter of appreciation.

23 January 2005, 7 PM: Stained Glass Concert Series,
Church of the Holy Innocents, Highland Falls, NY

We celebrated St. Nino's day with this concert at Kevin's church. Proceeds from this concert series benefit repairs to the stained-glass lead at this historic church serving West Point.

25 January 2004: Saint Nino's Church
71 South 3 St, Brooklyn, NY

We performed in alternating sets with some of the dancers from the Dancing Crane for the church's Saint Nino's celebration. Two women we met there were interested in singing with us, and together with two people who contacted us a couple weeks later they've joined up with David Graff and Jay Longan to form a new NYC chapter of the Ensemble.

NYC weekend 8-9 November 2003: rehearsal, concert, and Annual Meeting
at Trinity Lutheran Church in Middle Village

In good old-fashioned "Kartuli weekend" style, we held about 6 hours of rehearsal on Saturday, and a brief Annual Meeting preceding the 3 PM concert on Sunday. Jay Longan worked with his church to provide a generous budget for this concert, and David Graff and family opened their home to host a big sleepover in Briarcliff Manor. Joining us from outside New York State were President Charlie Baum, Mark Kuprych, David Gillman, and Mark Little, and returning after long absences were Alex Bialy and Kevin Kirk. (Let me know if I've forgotten anyone--it's taken me a long time to get this one written up!)

18 October 2003: Georgian Cultural Fair at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

Kvali and the Georgian Association presented a celebration of Georgian culture with a concert of several groups including the Kartuli Ensemble, a fair of Georgian cultural vendors, and a theatrical presentation to cap it all off.

5 October 2003: Festival of Nations, Nashua, NH

Nashua's Sesquicentennial Committee put together this downtown Festival of Nations as the start of a new annual event. Glenn, Trish, and Cathy struggled bravely against wind and feedback on a small outdoor stage to bring a taste of Georgian songs to a modest but attentive crowd to pave the way for possibly performing at the Holiday Stroll in coming years.

27 April 2003: NEFFA festival, Natick, MA

Iveria performed to a packed classroom at NEFFA this year.

6 December 2002: Joint concert with Adiloi
in the Seymour Saint John Chapel at Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT

Carl Linich and David Gillman joined the Hudson Valley chapter in this concert that included a few numbers sung jointly with Adiloi.

Saturday 23 November 2002: First Presbyterian Church,
Marlboro, NY

First Presbyterian Church together with the Marlborough on the Hudson Arts Association presents a free concert of the Kartuli Ensemble at 7:00 PM on Saturday 23 November. Refreshments will be offered at intermission.

Offerings of about $250 were collected to benefit the family of longtime friend Koba Khutsishvili of Mtiebi, who died suddenly a couple weeks before this concert.

2-9 October 2002: International Conference:
Problems of Traditional Polyphony, Tbilisi

Soso Jordania in Melbourne sent us advance notice of this event last year:
Although only preliminary information about the conference is available, several leading ethnomusiclogists from the USA and some European countries have already expressed their interest in taking part in the conference.

Members of the Organizing Committee also had an idea to invite Georgian singing ensembles from different countries. After some preliminary communication, it is clear that several ensembles are interested in coming to Tbilisi to perform for the participants of the conference.

We were very late in putting together a group for the conference and contacting the organizers in Tbilisi, but got a positive response immediately:
Thank you very much for your e-mail and your wish to participate in our forthcoming symposium. We remember your concerts in Georgia very well and the wonderful acceptance of your ensemble by the Georgian audience. . . . we shall be very glad to include your Ensemble in the program of the Symposium.

The Symposium will be held between 2-9 October, 2002.

2 October
Opening Ceremony of the Symposium.
8 October
Closing Ceremony with Gala Concert.
With warmest wishes.
The Organizing Committee
The symposium was very well received, and better attended than was anticipated--meaning space in the lecture room and concert halls got very tight! Eduard Shevardnadze himself spoke at the opening ceremony and expressed strong support for music in schools and traditional music in school music programs. Eleven foreign groups from nine countries gave concerts, and among those presenting papers were two Kartuli Ensemble members. Information about the symposium and its participants can be found at polyphony.ge. I hope to put together a report of the trip soon; in the meantime, you can see a few of my pictures.

NYC weekend August 2-4 2002

Six of the group bound for Tbilisi gathered at Jay Longan's church, Trinity Lutheran Church in Middle Village. We sang a little on Friday night, rehearsed a good solid eight hours on Saturday, and sang during and after the service on Sunday morning.

Tuesday 11 June 2002, 7:30 PM: concert at Zion Episcopal Church, Wappingers Falls, NY

We originally planned this as a second concert with Adiloi before their director left for college, but, unfortunately, they were busier with the end of the semester than they realized when we first discussed it.

Sunday 9 June 2002, 10:00 AM: service at Zion Episcopal Church, Wappingers Falls, NY

In advance of our concert at Bill Brooks's church, we sang "romelni kerubinta" as an anthem for their worship service and a few songs in the fellowship hour afterward.

Minnesota weekend, 8-9 June 2002

A section of the Ensemble gathered at Richard Osborne's house in Faribault, Minnesota, and sang at a theological conference at nearby Saint Olaf College for which Jay Longan was organizing music on Sunday evening.

Sunday 21 April 2002, 4:30 PM: Iveria at Neffa, Natick, MA

Iveria performed once again at the New England Folk Festival Association's big annual festival at Natick High School.

Saturday 20 April 2002, 2:00 PM: Joint concert with Adiloi
in the Seymour Saint John Chapel at Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT

Adiloi is a group of kids at Choate who e-mailed me out of the blue last fall, asking for some songs to sing on a concert in three weeks! A group called Bread and Puppets got them interested in Georgian songs, and in those three weeks they put together three songs to sing at a reception after the all-school Parents' Week concert.

Sunday 17 March 2002, 2:00 PM: Annual Meeting at Kevin Kirk's house in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY

Minutes and background of the meeting are online. Please continue to pass the word about the Ensemble's new activity to anybody we've missed!

29 December 2001, 8:30 PM: Cubbyhole Coffeehouse, 44 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY

Our first formal performance in over two years! We sang a couple songs at an open mic night at the Cubbyhole in October, and Lee invited us on the spot to do a full concert there. Admission is free, with a hat passed afterward, so you have nothing to risk but your time and a good cappuccino.


Welcome back!

Yes, it had really been two years since this page was last updated! Unfortunately, as members moved out of the Hudson Valley, the Ensemble no longer had a core group to organize concerts. But the group is back now and expanding its activities.

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Updated 2011-05-24 Glenn Knickerbocker