Concert: Music for Mother’s Day

May 12, 2018
2-4 PM

Long before the information age brought entertainment on demand, people found their amusement at neighbors’ homes. Guests took part in dramatic readings of prose and poetry, and sang together accompanied by small parlor instruments.

The Newburgh Historical Society is recreating this scene by hosting a parlor event at the Crawford House. The Music for Mother's Day concert will feature a selection of nineteenth century music performed lived by Christopher Brellochs, Cynthia Peterson, and Elizabeth Gerbi. The trio specializes in music of nineteenth century America, developing programs that capture the unique history of each mansion where they perform, including the finest music from Paris, London, and America by composers like Gilbert & Sullivan, Jerome Kern, and Newburgh’s original Ulysses Alsdorf.

Refreshments will be served.

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The event offers the opportunity to see a rare and beautiful antique pianoforte made in Newburgh by the Carman & Fancher company about 1860. The piano manufactory was once located on the corner of Broadway and South Colden Street. A brief history of the old piano and its origins will be given. Admission for the concert will go toward the repair and tuning of the antique instrument.

Members: $15 per person
General: $20 per person
Children 12 and under: Free

Please use the form below to make a reservation. Space is limited. Directions and additional information will be distributed by email. If your prefer to reach someone by phone, please call (845) 561-2585.

*Reservations are closed. Thank you to all who participated.

Performers

Christopher Brellochs (saxophonist), Elizabeth Gerbi (soprano) and Cynthia Peterson (pianist) met each other teaching at SUNY: Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, New York. They started collaborating on recitals, a musical exchange program with French performers, and finally performances in Paris. They are developing programs that capture the unique history of each mansion where they perform. For more information→

“It is wonderful that music can once again fill the Crawford House.”

-Christopher Brellochs

Read more

  • When Newburgh Produced Pianos by Mary McTamaney, City of Newburgh Historian
  • Tuning the Antique Pianos, picture gallery
  • In Washington's Shadow by Tashae Smith. The musical trio will play music by a variety of composers including Newburgh’s original Ulysses Alsdorf. The Alsdorf family has a remarkable history including ties to the Underground Railroad in the Hudson Valley. Listen to their story as told by Smith.

Directions

Use this address for the GPS: 189 Montgomery Street, Newburgh, NY 12550

From the NY State Thruway, take exit 17 (Newburgh) and take the ramp to go east on the Interstate 84. Take Interstate 84 east to exit 10. At the light, make an immediate right and get into the left lane in front of the Sunoco Station. Make a left on to North Plank Road. Follow the street down the hill, through two traffic lights, and make a right on to Montgomery Street. The Crawford House will be on the right, located at 189 Montgomery Street.

From points West, take Interstate 84 east to exit 10. At the light, make an immediate right and get into the left lane in front of the Sunoco gas station. Make a left on to North Plank Road. Follow the street down the hill, through two traffic lights, and make a right on to Montgomery Street. The Crawford House will be on the right, located at 189 Montgomery Street.

From points East, take Interstate 84 west to Exit 10s (second exit past the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge). Stay to your right off the ramp and follow it until you come to the traffic light at Route 9W (the Alexis Diner is on the left). Make a right on to 9W, and get into the left lane in front of the Sunoco gas station. Make a left on to North Plank Road. Follow the street down the hill, through two traffic lights, and make a right on to Montgomery Street. The Crawford House will be on the right, located at 189 Montgomery Street.