|Rehearsal Time:||Wednesday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 PM|
|Rehearsal Location:||St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
Ithaca, New York
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Founded in 1976 by Paul Gibbons (music director until his retirement in 1990), the Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers (ICC&CS) has grown to include well over 100 participants. Composed of students and residents from around the Tompkins County area, the Chorus membership is diverse, finding commonality in dedication to learning and performing history’s best choral offerings. The Chamber Singers is a select sub-group of the Chorus.
ICC&CS performs two major concerts a year, at least one of which is with orchestral accompaniment. Shorter programs are given throughout the year. The Chorus’ repertoire is complex and culturally diverse. ICC&CS has performed Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers), sung in church Slavonic; J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D, Christmas Oratorio, B minor Mass, and St. Matthew Passion; Haydn’s Creation; Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana; W.A. Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor and Requiem; Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and Hymn to St. Cecilia; Mendelssohn’s Elijah; G.F. Handel’s Messiah; Brahms’ A German Requiem, Alto Rhapsody, and Schicksalslied; Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, Randall Thompson’s Frostiana; Bloch’s Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service) sung in Hebrew; and other music from around the world. ICC&CS performances are enhanced by professional soloists and instrumentalists. The Chorus has sung locally for audiences of about 700, and as far away as Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia.
The ICC&CS commitment to fostering appreciation for the choral art has extended to related projects such as sponsoring the ten-day Upstate New York tour of the Vassilyostrovsky Music School children’s choir ‘Uventa’ from St. Petersburg, Russia, and also a tour to Ithaca by the Malaysian Children’s Choir from Singapore.
In addition, each year the Chorus sponsors workshops, led by eminent musicians and technicians from the community, which are open to Chorus members and to the general public. Recently, the Chorus has been able to sponsor workshops by the members of the American-based Western Wind and also the world-renowned King’s Singers from Britain.
ICC&CS is supported in part by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Community Arts Partnership (CAP) of Tompkins County. Resources for Chorus concerts come from membership dues, fundraising events, ticket sales and other contributions. Members’ active participation in all aspects of Chorus operations is strongly encouraged.
The Ithaca Community Chorus & Chamber Singers is an Associate Member of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. In recent years, programs have been made possible in part with funds from the NYS Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, and from the Community Arts Partnership Direct Support Program.