Upcoming Dates

Saturday, March 30th, 2019

First Reformed Church
American Dreams of Russia - 3 PM
8 North Church St
Schenectady, New York 12305
United States [map]
Price: adults $25, students $10

Subscription Concert #3

American Dreams Of Russia

Saturday, March 30 @ 3 PM (preconcert talk @ 2:30 PM)

First Reformed Church (NEW Covenant Hall)

8 No. Church St, Schenectady


Daniel Godfrey’s From a Dream of Russia for clarinet, violin and piano is paired with Glinka’s Trio Pathetique and Rick Sowash’s Daweswood Suite as well as music of Gliere and Maude Powell for a special afternoon of Russian and American music. Professional cinematographer/editor of PilotGirl Productions, Sonja Stark, has compiled a beautiful montage that will complement the Godfrey.   Her video footage and photographs were shot during her many trips to Russia with the Albany-Tula Alliance.   Stark is the Public Relations Committee Chair for the sister-city organization. The Dawes Arboretum has supplied stunning images to accompany the Daweswood Suite. We are delighted, as well, to have composer Daniel Godfrey join us for this unique concert with a pre-concert talk at 2:30pm. Musicians of Ma’alwyck core members Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz and Petia Kassarova are joined by guest artists Paul Green, clarinet and Noah Palmer, piano. Tickets $25/10.

Free Preview - March 27 @ Noon, SUNY Schenectady (SCCC), Room 215, Music Bldg



A Russian Feaster Overture - Three-course dinner following March 30th performance.  Tickets $35,  reservations by March 23, limited to 50.

It was inevitable that, as a job-seeking actor, Byron Nilsson would spend time in the restaurant business. He has worked both sides of the kitchen door, but began his culinary training at the Country Bistro in Ridgefield, Conn., soon graduating to the kitchen of the renowned Elms Inn in the same town, where he trained with chef Mario Scala. Locally, he has taught cooking classes at the Troy Arts Center and Different Drummer's Kitchen in Albany, and he spent thirty years reviewing restaurants for Metroland Magazine. He and his wife, Susan Whiteman, operate Jollity Farm Catering from their rural Montgomery County retreat.

Susan Whiteman received her initial culinary training under Ruth Bronz at Miss Ruby's Cafe in West Stockbridge, Mass., planning and preparing an ever-changing menu that highlighted many different cuisines. She also studied at L'Hostellerie Bressane under Jean Morel and at the Saucier Institute in Manhattan before becoming the day chef at Albany's Beverwyck Restaurant.

Our culinary troika will be a three-course trip through the traditional, beginning with blini. Russian blini are prepared from a yeast-based batter for a slightly spongy texture and are served with a variety of savory accompaniments. Ours will include smetana (sour cream) and, taking a slightly Nordic detour, home-cured gravlax.

For the main course: beef Stroganoff. This hearty stew has many variants throughout Europe and Asia, but we'll be preparing top sirloin strips in a sour-cream-enhanced sauce with mushrooms and onions, served with your choice of egg noodles (buttered, of course) or kasha (buttered, of course). Or both, as you prefer: the key is not to restrain yourself. And we'll serve an Olivier salad, which many term the national dish of Russia--a compote of diced ham, hard-boiled eggs, peas, onions, and much more tossed in a light, homemade mayonnaise. 

It's back to blini for dessert, but we're celebrating fin de s'cle Russia by also preparing the irresistible mille cr'pe, adding a Gallic touch to the parade of little pancakes with which you'll finish your meal. 


Sunday, April 14th, 2019

Schenectady County Public Library
By The Hearth - 2:30 PM
99 Clinton St
Schenectady, New York 12305
United States [map]
Price: Free

By The Hearth

Sunday, April 14, 2019 @ 2:30 PM

McChesney Room in the Schenectady County Public Library


This charming program features music for guitar and violin by Giuliani, Bizet, Telemann and others. As well as featuring a stunning period transcription of melodies from Meyerbeer’s opera Les Huguenots and a fun set of American Colonial dances.  Free and open to the public. 




Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
The Match - 3 & 5 PM
32 Catherine St
Albany, NY 12202 [map]
Price: adults $30, students $15

Sunday, May 12, 2019 @ 3 & 5 pm

Schuyler Mansion, Albany

The Match

Celebrate Mother’s Day with an afternoon of 18th century French music and the recreation of the famous 1787 fencing match between the Chevalier de Saint-Georges and the Chevaliere d’Eon fought before the Prince of Wales. Saint-Georges was not only one of the greatest swordsmen of his day, but also a gifted violinist and composer. We examine both his skills as we perform his flute & harp sonata paired with songs for mezzo-soprano and harp by Hinner and Sterkel and delightful works for instruments of Jean-Baptiste Cardin and Philippe Meyer. Musicians of Ma’alwyck core artists Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz and Norman Thibodeau are joined by mezzo-soprano Tess McCarthy (you may remember her from the lead role in last season’s opera Aleda) and harpist Elizabeth Morse.   Seating is limited.   Tickets $30/$15.

Free Preview  - Friday, May 10 @ Noon,   SUNY Schenectady (SCCC)

Between performances out on the lawn of the Schuyler Mansion a  fencing match will be recreated by a professional fight choreographer (see description below).  A reception will be offered as well. 

Fencing Description:  On April 9th, 1787, two of the premier fencers of Europe met to showcase their skills before the Prince of Wales and the elite of London society. On one hand- the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, born in the French colony of Guadeloupe, the son of a white planter and an enslaved African woman, famed not only for his skill with the sword, but as a vocal abolitionist and as a composer and musician who regularly played alongside Queen Marie Antoinette. On the other, the Chevaliere d'Eon, whose life of high court intrigue, espionage, and military service was matched only in its fascination by the fact that d'Eon had been born a son of the French aristocracy, but in 1777 had publicly announced herself to the French court and the world as a woman, and had lived as such since that time.

Attendees at the Musicians of Ma'alwyck Spring concert at Schuyler Mansion, May 12th, will have the opportunity to hear more about these fascinating individuals, and their connections to the Schuyler family, as well as witness a recreation of their fencing exhibition, choreographed by Professor Karla Kash of the SUNY Albany Theater department, and Ian Mumpton of Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, and enacted by student performers cast from the SUNY Albany Theater department.




Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

Discover Albany Visitors Center
Historic Downtown Albany Food Tour - 1 PM
25 Quackenbush Square
Albany, NY [map]
Price: $85

Historic Downtown Albany Food Tour

Wednesday, June 5, 2019


Put on your walking shoes for an entertaining and delicious way to experience Albany. New York’s Capital City for 320+ years, is undergoing a culinary and craft brewing boom. You’ll sip and sample from restaurants that are spicing up Albany’s food scene. Discover stunning architecture and cultural tidbits that will help you develop a fresh perspective on New York’s capital city.  We sprinkle in history, architecture and culture to kick off your weekend in the Capital District. Bring your appetite and your friends and family, to celebrate this great legacy city and let your culinary adventure begin!

Your tour guide will greet you at the Discover Albany Visitors Center, 25 Quackenbush Square, located at the corner of Broadway and Clinton Ave, Albany. We meet at 12:45 and our first taste will be at 1:00 pm. Our tour highlights 5 tastes from different local restaurants, some history of Albany, architectural accents and culture. Our tour lasts 3.25 hours and we walk about 1.5 miles, with plenty of rests during our tastes.   See Historic Downtown Albany with new eyes and be in the know of this legacy city's food scene.

Albany Pump Station

C.H. Evans Brewing Company, a family business that got its start brewing beer in 1786 in Hudson and have been in this historic building since 1999.

First Church of Albany (brief musical interlude by MofM)

Oldest church in Albany, on National Register of Historic Places since 1974. Second oldest church in NYS.

Ama Cocina

Modern Mexican street food. Encompass food-laughter-love in this hip setting

The Hollow Bar and Kitchen

Hip spot in an historic Albany building with seasonal American tapas and main dishes, rotating craft beers and live music. Yum describes it well!

Stacks Espresso Bar

Cool place for your hot beverage paired with Cider Belly's doughnuts.

Olde English Pub

A perfect ending, in the 2nd oldest building in Albany. A neighborhood pub, with strong British influences in beverages and menu items, with a beautiful garden.

Tickets $85, limited to 20, reservations by May 29th


Meet 15min prior to tour at Discover Albany Visitors Center, 25 Quackenbush Square
Metered parking in open lot behind the Pump Station. Park Albany has a free app for parking that is easy to use and allows adding time without returning to your car
Walk is approximately 1.5miles with some inclines & stairs
Please contact for special dietary needs

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Brown's Brewing Company
Central Troy Historic District Food Tour - Noon
417 River St
Troy, NY [map]
Price: $75

Central Troy Historic District Food Tour

Wednesday, June 12, 2019


We love Troy and want to show you why: sharing what we love about this city and introducing the entrepreneurs invested in bringing her back.


Brown's Brewing Company—417 River St, Troy

Experience the first craft brewer in the Capital and among our country's original 100 craft brewers. Enjoy two different beer sips , paired with Buffalo cauliflower bites.

Illium Cafe

Enjoy award winning Chef Marla's Reuben dip sandwich and a signature salad. Alternative offerings for vegetarians and gluten-free guests, available with advance notice.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church (brief musical interlude by MofM)

Get an insider's tour of this entire Tiffany designed interior that is on the National Historic Register.

The Whistling Kettle

Tea Tasting, learn about tea's contribution to our health and its history as you sample two different teas.

little pecks

Enjoy delicious biscuit with tahini butter and seasonal jam. Alternative offerings for vegetarians and gluten-free guests, available with advance notice.

The Dutch Udder Craft Ice Cream

Savor three different tastes of unique crafted flavors, many beer centric, using NY dairy and local produce. GF and dairy free options available.

Tickets $75, limited to 20, reservations by June 5th


Meet 15min prior to tour at Brown’s Brewing Company
Park on street
Walk is approximately 1.5miles with some inclines & stairs
Please contact for special dietary needs

Upcoming Events

  • Mar 30
    First Reformed Church,  Schenectady
  • Apr 14
    Schenectady County Public Library,  Schenectady
  • May 12
    Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site,  Albany

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