|Rehearsal of the Berlioz Requiem at Davies Symphony Hall, August 4, 2012
2015 Choral Festival – Mozart Grand Mass in C Minor
For our musical adventure this summer, we'll
be performing the sublime and mysterious Grand Mass in C Minor at Hochstein Performance Hall on July 19, at 4PM, then members of the chorus will
be flying off to Hawaii to join forces with the Maui Chamber Orchestra and the Maui Masterworks
Chorale for a repeat performance on August 2, at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.
The C Minor
Mass was left not only unfinished, but forgotten for over half a century. It is among the greatest
choral works ever written, so one has to wonder why is was abandoned by
Mozart after such an auspicious beginning. Stylistically, the mass features elements of
counterpoint reminiscent of the great baroque masters, and hints of the romanticism to come.
It is a musical tour de force through the best compositional styles of the last half of the 18th century.
2014 Choral Festival – Brilliant Bach
Our concert on Sunday, July 27, was a rousing
success. Hochstein Performance Hall was filled to near capacity with the largest audience seen for a choral concert
in recent years, and the chorus, orchestra and soloists were spectacular!
We performed the magnificent Magnificat, joyous Cantata #191 (Gloria in Excelsis),
Jauchzet frohlocket from the Christmas Oratorio, and the lofty final chorus from B Minor Mass
(Dona nobis pacem) l -- and again were able to offer this concert free to the community, thanks to the generosity
of our singers and donors. The concert was sponsored in part by Wegmans.
Visit the "Concert Information"
page for further information.
2013 Choral Festival – Grieg Peer Gynt & Dvořák
Stabat Mater - The consensus: Our best concert yet!
Edvard Grieg's brilliant Peer Gynt Suites are known to virtually everyone, but
many do not know that they are taken from the seldom performed Incidental Music to Henrik Ibsen's dramatic
poem Peer Gynt. Our adaptation of this musical fantasy had it all: predation, betrayal,
sex, humor, chicanery, love, redemption, and the warm glow of a sappy ending.
Also on the program was Antonin Dvorak's stunning
setting of Stabat Mater, a mighty work with the power to transport the listener to the gates of Paradise.
Listen to the thrilling last movement of the Stabat Mater from our 2013 performance
Stabat Mater last movement
2012 Choral Festival
– The Berlioz Requiem - Hailed as the "MEGA-CONCERT OF THE YEAR"In a unique partnership of over 300 singers and musicians from New York and San Francisco, the combined Finger Lakes
Choral Festival, Redwood Symphony and augmented San Francisco Lyric Chorus presented
a spectacular program, featuring
the Berlioz Requiem, on August 5, at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, the home of the San Francisco Symphony. The concert
was hailed by San Francisco Classical Voice as the "Mega-Concert of the Year. Or Years!" And further
added that the program "Exceeded all expectations."
Many singers and musicians reported that this performance
was the musical highlight of their lives.
Listen to the blazing Dies
Irae from our 2012 performance of the Berlioz Requiem in San Francisco. As you do, look at the picture above to get
a visual sense of of the full scope of the performance.
Dies Irae from 2012 SF performance
Festival makes the New York Times. Click the following link to read the article and hear the NY Times Online performance
of Mozart's Ave Verum from our 2006 Choral Festival.
New York Times Online article
The Mission of the Finger Lakes Choral Festival
Finger Lakes Choral Festival, now in its tenth season, brings together singers each summer from more
than 50 Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes area communities, as well as visitors from other states and countries. The Choral
Festival has performed before over 30,000 concert-goers, with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at
the 5000 seat CMAC Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra at Chautauqua Institution's
Historic Amphitheater, with Redwood Symphony at Louise M. Davies Hall in San Francisco, and at Hochstein
Performance Hall in Rochester.
All singers with prior choral experience are invited to participate. For information
on how to join the chorus, visit the Registration Information link below. To be added to our mailing list, please send your
name and address--and also your voice part if you are interested in singing in future concerts.