Founded by Adrian Horn in 2003, the Finger Lakes Choral Festival, Inc., 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 more than 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 the Redwood Symphony at Louise M. Davies Hall in San Francisco, and at Hochstein Performance Hall in Rochester.
Congratulations to all the choristers, many from Rochester Oratorio Society and Penfield Symphony Orchestra instrumentalists who presented the Berlioz Requiem yesterday at Finger Lakes Choral Festival! The complex blending of music and rhythms were navigated splendidly and spectacularly under the masterful, albeit magical wand of maestro, Eric Townell, Conductor. Tenor Dan McInerney brought tears to our eyes with the brilliant aria and response in Sanctus. Altos were delighted to sing in their range in a part creatively added by Andy Horn.
The Finger Lakes Choral Festival (FLCF) presents annual, free summer concerts of choral-orchestral masterworks for the enjoyment of the community and its volunteer members. Vocalists and instrumentalists travel from across the Northeast to participate in intensive, musically rewarding rehearsals and performances and to enjoy the many amenities of New York's beautiful Finger Lakes region.
Through the preparation and performance of memorable "destination" choral events, FLCF fosters musical and cultural learning, creates social connections, promotes recreation, and serves its community through charitable donations. Concerts are free to the public and enjoy a large and devoted audience. Vocalists who do not ordinarily perform together during the normal concert calendar are drawn to FLCF. Singers acquire choral experience and maintain their vocal and musical skills in a relaxed setting with FLCF and may subsequently audition for one of the area’s numerous choruses.
All singers with prior choral experience are invited to participate. For information on how to join the chorus, e-mail us your name, address and voice part. To be added to our mailing list, please send your name and address and your voice part if you are interested in singing in future concerts.
A versatile and dynamic musician, conductor Eric Townell returns to conduct Beethoven's "Mass in C Major," Coriolan Overture and Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major. Eric previously led the Berlioz Requiem and Puccini Messa di Gloria for Finger Lakes Choral Festival.
Dr. Ines Draskovic has performed throughout Europe and United States. she is a graduate of University of Belgrade (Belgrade, Yugoslavia), Ithaca College (MM) and Eastman School of Music (DMA). Her teachers include Alexei Nasedkin, Phiroze Mehta and Rebecca Penneys. Dr. Draskovic has won several piano competitions, including the Ithaca College Concerto Competition, Republic of Serbia Piano Competition and Piano Competition in Stresa, Italy, where she was a finalist. She has participated in festivals and masterclasses in Europe and United States (Colorado). Formerly a faculty member at Ithaca College, Dr. Draskovic is currently teaching at the Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY. In addition to her solo career, she performs regularly with the Finger Lakes Chorale and College Singers.