choral music

Anton Rubinstein’s opera “Demon” opens tonight at Bard SummerScape, in a new production by frequent SummerScape director Thaddeus Strassberger. Anchored by the American Symphony Orchestra under music director and festival coartistic director Leon Botstein, the new staging represents an all-too-rare opportunity to see one of 19th-century Russia’s most popular operas in the West. The opera features the Bard Festival Chorale under the direction of James Bagwell.

And that’s not all that’s coming up at Bard – not by a longshot.

The 29th annual Bard Music Festival presents a two-week, in-depth exploration of “Rimsky-Korsakov and His World” in twelve themed concert programs, complemented by pre-concert lectures, panel discussions, and expert commentary.

We are joined by Artistic Co-Director of Bard Music Festival Christopher Gibbs and James Bagwell, Choral Master James Bagwell. 

The Burnt Hills Oratorio Society is a non-profit community chorus whose goal is to nourish our community with the transformative power of music. In their next concert, The Burnt Hills Oratorio Society and the Oratorio Orchestra offer three dramatic musical presentations that explore “The Gift of Life.”

The concert will take place on June 15 at Church of the Immaculate Conception in Glenville, New York and features works by John Rutter, Gustav Holst, and Benjamin Britten. We are joined by Burnt Hills Oratorio Society Artistic Director and Conductor William Jon Gray and President of the Board of Directors Dave Johnson.

The Battenkill Chorale continues its 23rd season with "Rising Above the Battleground: The Music of France and Belgium." The concert will be performed this Saturday, May 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 13 at 4 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Hoosick Falls, NY.

The centerpiece of the concert is a rarely performed piece: Joseph Jongen's Mass OP.130. The concert also features 10 brass players, an organist, and 4 soloists.

Guest Conductor, Gene Marie Callahan, will conduct the concert while Artistic Director, Janet McGhee recovers from shoulder surgery. Callahan, who made her national debut at Chicago Lyric Opera and her international debut in Graz Austria, made her first appearance with the Battenkill Chorale in 1997 as a soprano soloist and has been a featured artist with the Chorale since that time.

The Cantilena Chamber Choir will present Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1928 silent film "The Passion Of Joan Of Arc" at Trinity Church in Lenox on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30pm. Silent film organist Peter Krasinki will be a special guest on the program with a live chorus and orchestra. A 6:45 pre-concert lecture will explore the extraordinary history of the film and the score.

"The Passion of Joan of Arc" is a French film based on the actual record of the trial of Joan of Arc. The original version was lost for decades after a fire destroyed the master negative and only variations of Dreyer's second version were available.

Organist Peter Krasinksi is broadly recognized as a motivating consultant for the pipe organ community who imaginative and energetic performances elevate and inform audiences. Along with regular concert appearances he specializes in the art of silent film accompaniment worldwide. Andrea Goodman is The Cantilena Chamber Choir’s founder and director.

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Composer and Bang on a Can founder Michael Gordon presents his new choral work, Anonymous Man, performed by the 24-voice ensemble The Crossing on Thursday night at EMPAC in Troy.

The hour-long piece expands on Michael Gordon's architectural approach to composition, layering minimalistic swirls of vocal sounds on top of one another to create a hypnotic group incantation. 

Performing this tour de force is the Philadelphia-based choir The Crossing. Conducted by Donald Nally, The Crossing was formed in 2005 and has dedicated itself to expanding the contemporary choral music experience through commissions, collaborations, community, and performances that are characterized by a distinctive unity of sound and spirit.

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The Battenkill Chorale opens its 23rd season with Giuseppe Verdi’s monumental Requiem for soloists, chorus, and 48-piece orchestra with two performances on Saturday and Sunday, January 20th  and 21st at 3pm at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs, NY.

The Battenkill Chorale, a 110-voice unauditioned chorus from six counties in New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont, was founded twenty-three years ago by Artistic Director Janet McGhee.

The Cantilena Chamber Choir will present a performance of King David In Words And Music on Saturday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Church in Lenox, MA

The concert will feature live readings by Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks. She will be reading from her latest international best-selling novel The Secret Chord about the life of King David as the choir sings music for chorus and full orchestra based on corresponding texts by and about King David.

Geraldine Brooks is the author of five novels, her latest, The Secret Chord, the Pulitzer Prize–winning March and the international bestsellers Caleb’s CrossingPeople of the Book, and Year of Wonders

The Cantilena Chamber Choir is comprised of 24 dedicated singers of the highest caliber, who possess vocal training, excellent sight-reading skills and considerable choral experience. Andrea Goodman is the founder and director of the choir.

We welcome Andrea Goodman and Geraldine Brooks to The Roundtable.

The Berkshire Concert Choir was formed in 1977 with the merger of the Stockbridge Singers, Inc. and The Cantata Choir of South Congregational Church of Pittsfield. The Choir is a membership organization open to all who enjoy singing and are willing to devote one evening a week to rehearsals.

The Choir presents Carl Orff's cantata, Carmina Burana, on Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 pm in the Boland Theater at Berkshire Community College, 1350 West Street, Pittsfield. 

To tell us more, we welcome Paula Nuss, Artistic Director, Marilyn Gerhard, tenor and President of the choir, and Francis Stone, bass and board member.

  On August 3, 2016, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) will present Hannibal Lokumbe’s work for full orchestra, soloists and choir, “One Land, One River, One People,” on the Opening Night of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s SPAC residency.

Vocal accompaniment for The Philadelphia Orchestra’s performance will be provided by soprano Laquita Mitchell, tenor Rodrick Dixon, and combined choirs of Morgan State University and Albany Pro Musica. Conductor Stéphane Denève will lead the performance.

We are joined by Albany Pro Musica's Artistic and Executive Director, Dr. José Daniel Flores-Caraballo, and bass singer, Frank Leavitt.

  The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice promotes the human voice as an instrument of healing, peace and artistic expression through presenting world class performances in Phoenicia, New York and surrounding areas.

This year’s festival - running August 4th through the 7th – celebrates Shakespeare and the British Isles.

We are joined by world renowned opera singers, Executive Director Maria Todaro and Artistic Director Louis Otey. 

  The 16th annual Saratoga Choral Festival takes place at the Spa Little Theater in Spa State Park - this Sunday, July 31st, at 3:00 PM. The festival will present a concert of music for children featuring a semi-staged production of the popular Magic Tree House: The Musical. 

The Magic Tree House: The Musical is based on the popular series of children’s books by Mary Pope Osborne. This show has seen sold out performances for its national tour. Several musical selections have been adapted for chorus, and special guest performers from the Saratoga Children’s Theater will provide extra speaking roles and also sing with the choir.

Also included on the program - Never-Ending Song, a Young Person’s Guide to the Choir. Originally premiered by the Vancouver Chamber Choir in 2001, the Never-Ending Song takes children through a brief history of choral singing through music.

The Saratoga Choral Festival began in the summer of 2001 and we are joined by Festival Director, Andrea Goodman, and by chorus members Mira DeGregory and Jackson Cherry. 

  The Albany Symphony and Music Director David Alan Miller will present Gustav Mahler’s youthful masterpiece, the Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection,” at the Palace Theater in Albany on May 14, 2016.

This major work from the late Romantic Period is scored for an enormous orchestra including off-stage brass and percussion, chorus, and two vocal soloists.

The Albany Symphony will be joined by the acclaimed voices of Albany Pro Musica, 120-members strong, under the direction of Jose Daniel Flores, as well as Met Opera Diva Lucille Beer and rising soprano, Angela Vallone. We welcome David Alan Miller and Jose Daniel Flores.

  The Octavo Singers of Schenectady is an 80-year-old community chorus of about 100 singers. They generally perform large sacred works and present their concerts almost exclusively in big urban churches and synagogues.

For their 2016 Spring Concert they will perform Haydn's The Seasons on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30pm at the 1st Reformed Church of Schenectady.

The Octavo Singers’ Artistic Director and Conductor, Curtis Funk, joins us.

  The Capital region has long appreciated the Battenkill Chorale for the quality of their singing and also for the originality of the music they sing. Mozart and Haydn and Brahms all certainly have their place for the Chorale but so do contemporary Norwegian compositions, South African freedom songs and music performed by prisoners in Nazi concentration camps.

On May 7 and 8, the Chorale - now in their twenty-first year - will sing a Bluegrass mass. Banjos and mandolins will be featured along with melodies inspired by the Bluegrass tradition of Appalachia and Bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe himself. The Chorale will be joined by the acclaimed bluegrass quintet, Monroe Crossing.

The chorale will perform: Carol Barnett's, "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass” at the Immaculate Conception church in Hoosick Falls. Janet McGhee is Conductor and Artistic Director of the Battenkill Chorale and she joins us .

  Albany’s oldest, continually singing men and boys choir will celebrate great English composers in its spring concert.

The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys is the longest continually singing men and boys choir in the United State – performing for 144 years. They are the resident choir at the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, NY. Boys ages 7-14 sing as trebles in the choir, which is a unique and rich opportunity to carry on the English choral boy choir tradition here in the Capital Region. The gentlemen of the choir are all local, professional musicians. 

Tomorrow April 19 at 7 pm they will perform a program entitled Gloria! A Festival of English Anthems and Hymns.

Here to tell us more are Woodrow Bynum, Director of Music at the Cathedral of All Saints; Graham Schultz, organist for the concert and former Lloyd Cast Organ Fellow at the Cathedral; and Oliver Nathanielsz, a young singer in the choir.