Concerts at Farmstead Arts 

Concerts at Farmstead Arts range from classical chamber music to folk and jazz. The setting is one of our beautiful galleries in the historic Farmhouse at Farmstead Arts which is transformed into an intimate concert hall.  Limited seating  allows the audience to hear and see the performers up close in a traditional “house concert” atmosphere.  A reception is held after each concert with refreshments and an opportunity to meet and talk with the musicians. In the warmer months we also host concerts in the English Barn.

Upcoming Concerts:

Cisraritanian Viols Consort

Roland Hutchinson (treble and bass viols)
Sheryl Reed (tenor and bass viols)
Ilizabeth Cabrera (bass viol)
Douglas Harden (alto and bass viols)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

(snow date, February 26th)

2:00 pm in the Farmhouse


Verrie Sweet and Artificiall:
Music of the Little Ice Age (1650–1850)
for four violas da gamba

The Cisraratanian Consort of Viols, New Jersey’s historical string ensemble, in a warm winter concert of sweet suites, serious psalmody, and fulsome fantasias from the Long Eighteenth Century—plus a shady modern surprise or two. Composers from Europe and America (in chronological order) include Matthew Locke, Henry Purcell, David Funck, William Billings, Lowell Mason, and Brooke Green.

The title of the program is taken from the description of the sound of a consort of viols from the earliest English translation of Baldassare Castiglione’s The Book of the Courtier (1561): “The musicke with a sette of violes doth no lesse delite a man: for it is verrie sweet and artificiall.”

About the Cisraritanian Consort of Viols
The Cisraritanian Consort of Viols was established as an outgrowth of the performing and teaching activities of Roland Hutchinson, a California-born, American-trained early-string specialist who has long hung out his shingle as the Garden State’s foremost exponent of the viol, also known as the viola da gamba. (This, as the Star-Ledger has observed, is “comparable to being ruler of an exceptionally small duchy.”) “We took our name from the region we fondly and whimsically call ‘Cisraritania’—‘the land this side of the Raritan River,’ ” says Hutchinson.

In addition to presenting its performing ensemble of New Jersey-based violists da gamba, the consort is developing projects to promote the viol and early music generally throughout metro New Jersey. The consort has given lecture-recitals and classes in viol playing for the Chamber Music Institute of the American String Teachers Association (New Jersey Chapter), a two-week residential course for young string players held on the campus of Kean University.

Hutchinson adds that, “we are actively seeking New Jersey amateur and professional string players who are interested in learning more about, or learning to play, the viol. They can often join one of our outreach activities at no or low cost.”

About the viol family
The viols are bowed stringed instruments, cousins to the violin family of our modern orchestra. Both families of bowed instruments made their first appearance in Europe at the very end of the 15th century. The commonly encountered members of the viol family are the treble viol, tenor viol, and bass viol, corresponding roughly to the violin, viola, and cello in the violin family and, like them, varying in size according to their musical range. An ensemble of three, four, five, or six viols of assorted sizes is termed a “viol consort.”

Unlike the two violinists, one viola player, and one cellist of a modern string quartet, all members of a viol consort usually play more than one size of instrument, and the sizes of instrument required can vary between one composition and another. This flexibility is facilitated by the fact that all viols are held vertically (cello-wise; in Italian “da gamba,” i.e. using the legs—which is why the viols are also known as violas da gamba). Consequently, the playing technique remains similar for all the instruments of the consort despite their considerable variation in size.

Lightly built, with a flat back, six or seven strings, and tied gut frets on the fingerboard, the viols are tuned similarly to plucked instruments such as the guitar or lute, and they share certain acoustical characteristics with these, being built in a way that favors resonance rather than absolute volume of tone.

Perhaps because they are quieter than the violins, the viols had fallen out of widespread use by the end of the 18th century as the focus of music making moved from smaller private spaces to large, public concert halls. After resting unseen, unheard, and all but ­unremembered for over a hundred years, the viols, along with other early instruments such as the harpsichord and recorder, started to be revived toward the end of the 19th century as early instrumental music began attracting devotees—few in number at first, but steadily increasing throughout the course of the 20th century and into the 21st. The Viola da Gamba Society of America, founded in 1964, currently numbers well over a thousand members, and the instrument is now taught at leading conservatories and music schools worldwide.

In addition to historical repertoire from the 16th through the 18th centuries, both the viola da gamba as a solo instrument and the viol consort as a chamber ensemble possess surprisingly large repertoires of new music from the 20th and 21st centuries.

There will be a reception following the concert and the chance to meet the artists and get an up-close look at these unusual musical instruments.

Tickets:  $15 in advance
                $20 at the door
                $10 seniors, students, members

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Odarka Polanskyj Stockert

celtic harpist

Sunday, March 19, 2017

2:00 pm in the Farmhouse

We’re pleased to welcome harpist Odarka Stockert back to the Farmstead for a program of traditional music and song – a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

Odarka Polanskyj Stockert — an accomplished harpist with a repertoire spanning the centuries, from Classical to Broadway to Folk — performs on both the concert pedal harp and the folk harp, and has been playing professionally since the early 1980’s. Odarka was a long time student of celebrated concert harpist, the late Leone Paulson, of South Orange, New Jersey, with whom she performed as a member of the Paulson Harp Ensemble. She spent several summers in Dublin, Ireland, in workshop studies and participating in the O’Carolan Irish Harp and Granard Harp Competitions, winning awards and honors in both.

She is also a collaborator of the Yara Arts Group based at the La Mama, ETC in New York and has performed in many Yara events and productions. Additionally, she is a founding member of Glendalough’s Muse, a celtic flute and harp duo and Suenos del Alma, a latin inspired harp and violin duo. Odarka lives in Millburn, with her husband Thomas, and daughters Sophia and Ariadna.

Tickets:  $15 in advance
                $20 at the door
                $10 seniors, students, members

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Tsu Fil Duvids Klezmer Ensemble

Sunday, April 23, 2017

2:00 pm in the Farmhouse


Bringing the joy of the Klezmer tradition to the Farmstead for the first time, we are pleased to welcome Tsu Fil Duvids in a lively toe-tapping program including songs of Eastern Europe, Yiddish theatre and folk melodies.  Fun for the whole family!

Tsu Fil Duvids, Yiddish for “Too many Daves”, is a klezmer ensemble based in Central NJ, performing in the NJ-NY area.  The ensemble is comprised of nine musicians.  Performing at Farmstead Arts will be Clarinet Dave Goldfarb, Bass Dave Schiff,  Asher (Dave) Siebert on trumpet, Richard (Dave) Buchbinder on piano, and Beverly (Davida) Novick on drums.

Tsu Fil Duvids has been heard at Limmud NY, Limmud Philly, and many locations in between (including synagogues, community centers and theaters (including, in NJ, the Crossroads Theater in New Brunswick and Marasco Center for the Performing Arts in Monroe), street fairs, cafes, bar and bat mitzvahs, and weddings), plus recently at the JetLAG Festival in NY and twice at the Rejoice Festival of Jewish Music in NJ.

Tickets:  $15 in advance
                $20 at the door
                $10 seniors, students, members

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Farmstead Arts Young Artist Award Recital

Sunday, May 21, 2017

2:00 pm in the Farmhouse

This recital will feature extraordinary young musicians chosen by audition in the first Farmstead Arts Young Artist Competition.  It promises to be an inspirational afternoon for performers and audience alike.

Free admission.


Songs from the Heart

featuring Corinna Sowers Adler

Friday, June 17, 2017

7:30 pm in the English Barn

Farmstead Arts is pleased to present chanteuse Corinna Sowers Adler in an evening of cabaret!    Ms. Sowers Adler was honored to be a 2015 & 2016 nominee for the first ever Tony Award for Excellence in Theater Education. She made her solo New York City cabaret debut in 2010 at the Laurie Beechman Theater in Stories…A Cabaret. Since then Ms. Sowers Adler has been in high demand as a singer, performing solo shows at Stage 72 at the Triad, the legendary Duplex Cabaret, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, Metropolitan Room, and 54 Below.

Ms. Sowers Adler made her Jazz at Lincoln Center debut on the Rose Theater stage as a featured singer at the 24th Annual Cabaret Convention and appeared again in the 25th and 27th Annual Cabaret Convention presented by The Mabel Mercer Foundation.

She is the Founding Artist Director of NiCori Studios and Productions and produced a Gala at the Westminster Arts Center in December 2016 to ensure that students can continue to grow as artists regardless of financial means.  In December of 2011 Ms. Sowers Adler began the monthly cabaret series Music at the Mansion, which was nominated for a 2012 MAC Award. She is the host of the series that garnered her a nomination for the 2012 and 2015 Broadway World Cabaret Awards in the Best Female Vocalist and Best Host of a Variety Show categories.  As a director, Ms. Sowers Adler created two Off- Broadway productions: Music and Lyrics By Her, and Shows Ta Go Ya & Other Songs of Bobbie Horowitz.

Before moving to the New York City area in 2009, Ms. Sowers Adler served for ten years as the director of theater for the Wilkes University Conservatory, where she grew a program from its inception to a roster of nearly 1,000 students. For four years she also held the position of artistic director of children’s theater at the Historic Pocono and Bucks County Playhouses, directing and casting more than 40 shows each season. Ms. Adler appeared on stage in many musicals, including Ragtime, Seussical, and Phantom.

Tickets:  $15 in advance
                $20 at the door
                $10 seniors, students, members

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The Farmhouse and English Barn are wheelchair accessible.  Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services may make a request by sending an E-mail to in advance.

Funds for these events have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.