Town Talk

Lecture on Foster’s music features debut of new work ‘Adirondack Suite’

The music of Stephen Foster is the topic of a talk by William Maher at 7 p.m. Thursday Sept. 19, at St. Cecilia’s Church, 3804 Main St. in Warrensburg. Sponsored by the Warrensburgh Historical Society, the talk is part of the town’s year-long bicentennial celebration.

Although he only lived 38 years, Stephen Foster was known as the “father of American music,” primarily for his parlor and minstrel music. Foster wrote over 200 songs; among his best known are “Oh! Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” and “Beautiful Dreamer. “ Many of his compositions remain popular more than 150 years after he wrote them.

Bill Maher and his wife retired to Warrensburg in 1999 from Brooklyn. Maher has long been a student of opera and other music, and he conducts a monthly Opera Club session at his home. In the Sept. 19 talk, he will play a sampling of Foster’s music and discuss his life and times.

The program will open with “Fanfare for Hackensack,” a fanfare for three trumpets written by James Corriveau. This is part of a larger work entitled Adirondack Suite, still being developed by Corriveau, who teaches in the music department at Warrensburg High School. This will be the first public hearing of the fanfare, which uses key thematic material reminiscent of Stephen Foster’s music.

Admission is free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served. St. Cecilia’s Church is fully accessible. For more information, contact the Warrensburgh Historical Society at 623-2207.

Wbg. Chamber mixer scheduled

The Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a social mixer for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday Sept. 26 at Lizzie Keays Restaurant on River St..

Music will be provided along with a cash bar, and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Admission is free.

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