Garden Magic

A fundraiser to support Madrigalia


Experience two of Rochester's most beautiful gardens while enjoying the music of Madrigalia. Includes wine, select cheeses, savory bites, and delicious desserts. Madrigalia sings at 7:00 PM and 8:15 PM. 

6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

The garden of
Marjorie Relin & Cary Ratcliff
435 Park avenue

A delightful city garden in the beautiful Park Avenue area, featured in this year's Rochester Civic Garden Club Tour. 

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The garden of
Jerry & Karen Kral
900 North Winton Rd

An amazing garden, featuring unique conifers on nearly an acre within city limits, with a half mile of walking paths.


Songs of Home and of Exile

Madrigalia | Cary Ratcliff, Artistic Director

Madrigalia's upcoming concert, "Songs of Home and of Exile" finds beauty in many places. Songs from Finland, Armenia, Hawaii, and 'The Oklahoma Hills' (Woody Guthrie) express love for one's place of origin. Czech and Latvian composers reach for early memories of mother and childhood friends. A young man leaves the empty farmhouse for good, and an Irishman sets his sights on Canada, where 'ten dollars a week isn't very bad pay'. Georgian POWs reminisce of home, 'where they shot their first arrows'.

From Australian Aborigines, Sudan, Latvia and America come songs of oppression and slavery in one's own land. Roma 'travellers' are told everywhere to "Go! Move! Shift!". We present two settings of Kathleen Raines haunting poem 'Spell to Bring Lost Creatures Home', one by Rochesterian Dick Swain. A Chinese folksong urges people to come back to the pleasures of small-town life.  

Multi-instrumentalists Kinloch Nelson and Ben Proctor will play guitars and a gaggle of other instruments.Composers include Esenvalds, Paulus, Vaughan Williams, Dvorak, Stroope, Bob Chilcott, Rochesterian Phillip Silvey, British protest balladeer Ewan MacColl, and several new arrangements by Artistic Director Cary Ratcliff.  

May 29 & 30, 2015

7:30 PM
Baptist Temple
1101 Clover St. at Highland, Rochester
Tickets: $15; $5 students