Hi All,

Welcome to summer! Here are a few items I hope you will find of interest:

  • Hudson Chamber Opera changes name again!
  • PS/21 opens under a tent
  • Sing Faure, Bach & Brahms at PS/21
  • Volunteers needed
  • International Opera Competition Finalists perform August 26

I hope to see you at some of these events.


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Opera company shall NOT remain nameless!
Thank you all for attending our SOLD-OUT performances of “The Face on the Barroom Floor” over the Memorial Day Weekend. Check here for the review in the Albany Times Union. I hope you will all bear with us while we change our name again! They say “its all in a name” so here we go. Hudson Chamber Opera (aka Hudson Opera Theatre) is about to become DIAMOND OPERA THEATER. Hopefully we’ve got it right this time. In short, the change will clear up confusion with other organizations that have a similar name, as well as give us a little pizzazz! We will have an exciting 2006-2007 Season to announce shortly. For updates visit:

PS/21 opened July 2, 2006, under a tent
PS/21 (Performance Spaces for the 21st Century) opened under a tent on July 2 at 4pm with Kelley Love’s Pandemonia Orchestra. Singer Nina Fine (of Hudson Chamber Opera fame) was the featured soloist. An enthusiastic audience ventured out in between thunderstorms to enjoy the concert. For information about other events at PS21, please visit:

Summer Sings 2006 at PS21
Mondays at 7:30pm
PS21 Tent, 1 mile north of Chatham Village on Rte 66
Grounds open at 5:30 for picknicking

General admission $7, $6 for members
Music provided or bring your own
Light refreshments and choral cameraderie served up at the break

Gwen Gould, conductor
Michael Clement, pianist
Mary Hack, vocal coach
Amanda Boyd, soprano
Steve Dahlin, baritone
Steven Marking, baritone

July 31 – Faure Requiem
Steve Dahlin, baritone (soprano solo sung by the soprano section)
August 7 – Bach Cantatas #4 “Christ lag” and #140 “Wachet auf”
Amanda Boyd, soprano
Steven Marking, baritone
August 14 – Brahms Requiem (in English)
Amanda Boyd, soprano
Steven Marking, baritone

Bring your voice and join other choral enthusiasts in singing these masterworks of Faure, Bach and Brahms. The evening begins with a vocal warmup by Mary Hack and a brief rehearsal of difficult sections led by Ms. Gould. Ms Hack will also help with vocal techniques to execute vocally challenging excerpts. Sections will have the opportunity to sing the most popular solos as part of the rehearsal. After the break, the work will be performed in its entirety with professional soloists.
Check back here at for updates or visit for directions and information about PS21.

Volunteers needed
In the next week or two, I need help assembling music for the Summer Sings at PS21 at my office in Hudson: 451 East Allen Street, 2nd floor. Please e-mail me ( or call 518-672-7173 to volunteer. Thanks!

Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition
2006 Finalists in Concert

(aka Hudson Chamber Opera)

Inter-Cities Orchestra directed by Anton Coppola
Internet Webcast, streaming live from the event
The Point, Catskill, New York
Saturday, August 26, 2006, 4:30 pm

Admission: $50-$35, $25 Seniors, $15 Students with ID
for more information, visit: