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Rehearsal of the Berlioz Requiem at Davies Symphony Hall, August 4, 2012

2015 Choral Festival – Sing Mozart in Paradise

Planning is just getting underway for our Mozart Doubleheader.  We'll be performing the Grand Mass in C Minor at Hochstein Performance Hall in mid-July, and then flying off to Maui to join forces with the Maui Chamber Orchestra and a local Maui chorus for a repeat performance on August 1, 2015, at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.
 
For more information about this amazing trip, visit the Registration Information page.  Time is of the essence because the number of singers we are able to accommodate is limited, and the roster is expected to be finalized in October.
 

 

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


 

The Choral 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

The 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.

fingerlakeschoral@earthlink.net