|Rehearsal of the Berlioz Requiem at Davies Symphony Hall, August 4, 2012
Choral Festival – Verdi Requiem
2016 is going to be big!
Our singers and audiences have been asking for the Verdi Requiem, so we intend to deliver it–in a grand fashion. We have engaged world-class soloists (see Meet the Artists), scheduled two performances (see Concert information), and from all indications we expect to field an exceptionally large chorus. On top of this, there will
be no admission charge to attend the concerts. Put this program on your
list of things to do and see this summer. You won't be disappointed!
The Finger Lakes Choral Festival now offers grants to schools to encourage young singers to participate
in community choral programs.
Details at the following link.
2015 Choral Festival – Mozart Grand Mass in C Minor
We performed the sublime and mysterious Grand Mass in C Minor
at Hochstein Performance Hall on July 19, at 4PM, then members of the chorus flew 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.
Many have asked about our trip.
It was an incredible experience that none of us will soon forget. We had it all! Sun and surf, trips to Iao Valley, Maui Ocean
Center, Lahaina, Haleakala's 10,000 ft. summit, the Road to Hana, snorkeling, a ukelele welcome at the airport, more leis
that you can imagine, an incredible concert with incredible people before a gorgeous concert hall filled with a wildly enthusiastic
audience, followed by an outdoor dinner with nearly 200 singers, musicians and our generous and welcoming hosts. You couldn't
buy this experience for any amount of money. Just the luau on our last night would have been worth coming for.
To hear the reprise
of the Cum Sancto chorus that was used to end our July 19 performance at Hochstein Performance Hall
in Rochester, click on the following link.
Cum Sancto from 7/19 performance
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.
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 Registration Information. 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.