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Weekly Notes

August 15, 2015

From the Director
 
This semester the chorus will sing one of the most beautiful pieces ever written, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers).  Consisting of settings of texts taken from the Russian Orthodox Church’s ceremony celebrated on Saturday nights and on the eve of feasts, it has been praised as the composer’s finest achievement and the greatest musical achievement of the church itself.  (In the ancient church, and in some monasteries even today, the service lasted the entire evening, beginning at dusk and, with only a few interruptions, ending at dawn.  In parish churches it takes about two hours.)
Rachmaninoff’s masterpiece was written quickly, in less than two weeks during January and February, 1915.  Since childhood he had been fascinated by the old melodies of the Russian church, chants having come to Russia with Christianity from Byzantium in the 10th century.  No longer a church goer, in his adult life the composer continued to be moved and inspired by this music and often visited the Adroniev monastery, where he listened to the singing of the monks.  Rachmaninoff’s piece is largely composed of sumptuous settings of these chants.
 
Although written for a cappella four-part choir, in many sections there is three, five, six, or eight-part harmony; at one point in the seventh movement the choir is divided into eleven parts.  The fifth movement, Nunc dimittis, has gained notoriety for its ending in which the low basses must negotiate a descending scale that ends with a low B-flat (the third B-flat below middle C).
 
The first performance of the Vigil immediately followed its composition.  According to Rachmaninoff’s memoirs the premiere gave him “an hour of the happiest satisfaction.”  Russian musical circles greeted the Vigil with wild enthusiasm, and five repeat concerts were given immediately.  However, it was wartime, and two years later the Revolution broke out, effectively preventing any further consideration of the masterpiece; the Synodal Choir was disbanded and Rachmaninoff soon left the country forever.  As a result, the Vigil was never sung in its entirety in church.
A good performance can be found at:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjRt-o0XwZ4
CHAMBER SINGERS
The Chamber Singers will sing the powerful Stabat Mater by rising young Russian-British composer Alissa Firsova.  She says, “I was most inspired by the end of the poem, because it all leads up to Paradise, where the mother can be reunited with her son.  And so I decided to focus on that and make the whole piece really positive, as opposed to a lot of Stabat Maters where they’re concentrating on the weeping, weeping.  And I think we’ve had enough of that in our world.”
From the new ICC&CS President
As the incoming President of the ICC&CS I hope to see you at our first rehearsal for the Fall on Wednesday, September 9 at St. Paul’s United Methodist church.  We will be rehearsing Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, which we will perform on Saturday, January 16.  Please pass on the attached invitation to those who might be interested in joining us.
Registration on September 9 will begin at 6:15 pm. To streamline the process, why not register online in advance?
Our website at www.ithacacommunitychoruses.org/groups/icccs is up and running, and I encourage you to visit it to register online and reserve your music.  Dues are $50.00 and the score (Musica Russica edition) is $25.00. If you prefer, you can complete a paper registration form before the first rehearsal on September 9 and submit it with a check.
-Charlotte Rosen
ICC&CS President
Help with learning the notes and the church Slavonic pronunciation
 
Learning the notes — for free access go to: http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Rachmaninoff_S/rachmaninoff.htm
Access each voice part; other voice parts can be heard in the background.
Learning the church Slavonic pronunciation — the Chorus is offering CDs for just $2 a piece (we have purchased a master CD put out by Musica Russica, the company which publishes our scores, permitting us to make copies). We’ll take orders at the beginning of the semester. To place an order in advance for the diction/pronunciation CD please email Diana Nathanielsz at
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
September 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18
December 2, 9, 16
January 6
Required Dress Rehearsals
 
Wednesday, January 13 (7:00-10:00 p.m.)
Friday, January 15 (7:00-10:00 p.m.)
Concert
 
Saturday, January 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Newsletter Items?
If you would like to include a brief item in the ICC&CS e-newsletter, send text ready to copy and paste by Thursday at 11:00 PM to Janine Willis (janineweber@mac.com). Notices should be related to the chorus or the local music community. The newsletter will generally go out on Friday evenings.

June 20, 2015

The official annual membership meeting of the Ithaca Community Choruses, a non-profit organization, is a dish to pass dinner on Wednesday June 24 at 5:30 pm until around 7. Please come: everyone is welcome: singers in any chorus, family, friends. It is in the Small Pavilion of Stewart Park: turn left at the entrance and find the pavilion near the children’s playgrounds. Bring everything: a dish to pass, beverages to share, and your own plate and knife/fork/spoon. The official meeting is very brief report about our choruses.
Summer Sing is underway, with over 80 singers registered! This is our summer project, led once again by the beloved Katie Howell. Monday June 8 – July 27, 7-9 pm, in the cool dining room of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. The series of eight Monday night sessions is open to all singers, whether members of other choruses or not. The fee is $30 and we understand that people will be absent for some. The music includes a range of genres and challenge levels, and the last session is an informal concert for family and friends. You can join Summer Sing now, if you don’t mind catching up! Just show up on Monday and look for Ed at the table when you go downstairs and enter the dining room.
All the choruses expect lots of excitement for the fall! Check our web page http://www.ithacacommunitychoruses.org/
• The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers is over 100 singers, invigorated by new members and still with no auditions. We will learn Rachmaninoff’s Vespers in the fall, performing on January 16. We rehearse on Wednesdays 7-9 pm at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, beginning on September 9. More information at http://www.ithacacommunitychoruses.org/groups/icccs/music-for-the-fall-2015-semester/
• Voices Multicultural Chorus anticipates an eventful fall, as we sing with our wonderful Acting ArtisticDirector Lorrene Adams and engage in a search for a permanent director. We rehearse, beginning on August 24, on Mondays, 7-9 pm, at the Unitarian Annex. Updates frequently at http://www.ithacacommunitychoruses.org/groups/voices/
• The Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus welcomes Samantha Kwan as our new director. We rehearse on Tuesdays from 7-9 and perform many times in many venues. See our page for comments about us! http://www.ithacacommunitychoruses.org/groups/igmc/ Like all the Ithaca Community Choruses we have no auditions, but members do have to be men.
Community Events
Savoyards Musical Theatre Presents: Princess Ida
Tuesday and Wednesday June 23-24
7:30pm at Cornell’s Schwartz Center
**Tickets are free and first-come, first-serve starting 1 hour prior to the show
Sunday June 28th 2pm
Old Havana Courthouse Theatre
Montour Falls, NY
Sunday July 18th 8pm
Morgan Opera House
Aurora, NY
(For ticket information for the Montour Falls and Aurora shows, please visit http://www.savoyardsithaca.org/#!tickets/c1b0u)
To honor the 150th anniversary of Cornell University, Savoyards Musical Theatre will stage a special production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida in June and July at the Schwartz Center and other regional theaters. Set in Upstate New York in 1865, this original adaption celebrates Cornell’s founding, dramatizes the campus culture of such 19th century women’s colleges as Vassar and Wells, and honors the Seneca Falls Convention.
After the Civil War, two robber barons scheme to launder their money by starting a land-grant university in Upstate New York. To maintain control, they will marry their son and daughter, Hilarion and Ida, and force them to chair the board of trustees. Ida revolts and founds a women’s academy on the shores of Cayuga Lake. Business, philanthropy, feminism, and romance clash. Audiences will be transported through the topsy-turvy world of Gilbert and Sullivan to the founding of Cornell University.
Syracuse Schola Cantorum Workshop July 30 – August 2.  Kristina Boerger will lead singers in Victoria’s Requiem Mass. The workshop begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday July 30 and concludes with a concert at 3:00 pm on Sunday August 2. It will be held at the Franciscan Church of the Assumption, 812 North Salina Street, Syracuse. For more information see http://www.scholacantorumofsyracuse.org/workshop.cfm or contact coordinator Timothy Beck, timothyjbeck@gmail.com, 917-392-1047 (evenings and weekends).

June 7, 2015

June events for all singers in all the Ithaca Community Choruses
Summer Sing is our summer project, led once again by the beloved Katie Howell. Monday June 8 – July 27, 7-9 pm, in the cool dining room of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. The series of eight Monday night sessions is open to all singers, whether members of other choruses or not. The fee is $30 and we understand that people will be absent for some. The music includes a range of genres and challenge levels, and the last session is an informal concert for family and friends.
Official Annual Chorus Meeting
The official annual membership meeting of the Ithaca Community Choruses, a non-profit organization, is a dish to pass dinner on Wednesday June 24 at 5:30 pm until around 7. Everyone is welcome: singers in any chorus, family, friends. It is in the Small Pavilion of Stewart Park: turn left at the entrance and find the pavilion near the children’s playgrounds. Bring everything: a dish to pass, beverages to share, and your own plate and knife/fork/spoon. The official meeting is a very brief report about our choruses.
Community Events
Savoyards Musical Theatre Presents: Princess Ida
Tuesday and Wednesday June 23-24
7:30pm at Cornell’s Schwartz Center
**Tickets are free and first-come, first-serve starting 1 hour prior to the show
Sunday June 28th 2pm
Old Havana Courthouse Theatre
Montour Falls, NY
Sunday July 18th 8pm
Morgan Opera House
Aurora, NY
(For ticket information for the Montour Falls and Aurora shows, please visit http://www.savoyardsithaca.org/#!tickets/c1b0u)
To honor the 150th anniversary of Cornell University, Savoyards Musical Theatre will stage a special production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida in June and July at the Schwartz Center and other regional theaters. Set in Upstate New York in 1865, this original adaption celebrates Cornell’s founding, dramatizes the campus culture of such 19th century women’s colleges as Vassar and Wells, and honors the Seneca Falls Convention.
After the Civil War, two robber barons scheme to launder their money by starting a land-grant university in Upstate New York. To maintain control, they will marry their son and daughter, Hilarion and Ida, and force them to chair the board of trustees. Ida revolts and founds a women’s academy on the shores of Cayuga Lake. Business, philanthropy, feminism, and romance clash. Audiences will be transported through the topsy-turvy world of Gilbert and Sullivan to the founding of Cornell University.
Syracuse Schola Cantorum Workshop July 30 – August 2.  Kristina Boerger will lead singers in Victoria’s Requiem Mass. The workshop begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday July 30 and concludes with a concert at 3:00 pm on Sunday August 2. It will be held at the Franciscan Church of the Assumption, 812 North Salina Street, Syracuse. For more information see http://www.scholacantorumofsyracuse.org/workshop.cfm or contact coordinator Timothy Beck, timothyjbeck@gmail.com, 917-392-1047 (evenings and weekends).

May 21, 2015

Help Needed Installing New LED Lights at St Paul’s
The church could use some help installing new LED lights in the downstairs dining room (where we rehearse). Kevin Miller will be at the church on Friday. If you or your spouse/partner/friend can help on Friday, please email Kevin at kwmhome@gmail.com and let him know whether a morning or afternoon time would be preferable. Also, John Bradburn will be leading a work crew on Saturday (5/23) between 9-1. It would be really nice if the chorus could provide the church with some help with this job since the chorus will benefit greatly from the new lights. Contact Kevin if you have questions.
An Invitation to Participate in a Fun Community Event
The Community Foundation supports our chorus in an important way by administering several grants that directly benefit the ICC. For this reason (and also because the project sounds very fun), it would be great if some of our chorus members would participate in the upcoming arts showcase. Here is their invitation:
 We are excited to invite you and members of your chorus to join the Community Foundation in honor of our 15th Anniversary with a community arts showcase:
A Night on the Town Broadway Extravaganza!!!
Celebrating 15 years of Arts and Culture grants from the Community Foundation
June 6th 7 pm at Ford Hall, Ithaca College
This multigenerational event will feature choral members from Tompkins County’s vocal ensembles, most recipients of past grants from the Community Foundation, accompanied by a 50 piece orchestra in addition to favorite soloists, featuring hits songs from, Dreamgirls, Lion King, Man of La Mancha, Wicked and more. Guest Soloists: Mark Lawrence, Sally Ramirez, Geoff Peterson, Michelle Peterson, Brett Pond and Luke Parker- Zalenski. Our Choral Director is the fabulous Baruch Whitehead!  We invite you to be a part of this celebratory event.  To participate and to have your name included in the program, choral members should sign up on our website here:   Your music can also be downloaded from this site.
Vocal Rehearsals with Baruch Whitehead are:
1.     Monday, May 18th 7:30-9 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Annex (208 East Buffalo St.)
  1. Monday, June 1st, 8-8:30 pm (with orchestra) at Beeler Rehearsal Hall, Ithaca College
  2. Friday, June 5th 8-8:30 pm final rehearsal (with orchestra)  Ford Hall, Ithaca College
  3. Saturday, June 6th 6 pm call time, 7 pm Performance (reception following the event)

May 3, 2015

From the Director
Many thanks to all for a superb German Requiem.  I thought it was one of our best concerts.
Also, hearty thanks for your generous gifts, especially the gorgeous, large butternut salad bowl.
Have a great summer, and I look forward to seeing you next fall.
Gerald


June events for all singers in all the Ithaca Community Choruses
Summer Sing is our summer project, led once again by the beloved Katie Howell. Monday June 8 – July 27, 7-9 pm, in the cool dining room of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. The series of eight Monday night sessions is open to all singers, whether members of other choruses or not. The fee is $30 and we understand that people will be absent for some. The music includes a range of genres and challenge levels, and the last session is an informal concert for family and friends.
Official Annual Chorus Meeting
The official annual membership meeting of the Ithaca Community Choruses, a non-profit organization, is a dish to pass dinner on Wednesday June 24 at 5:30 pm until around 7. Everyone is welcome: singers in any chorus, family, friends. It is in the Small Pavilion of Stewart Park: turn left at the entrance and find the pavilion near the children’s playgrounds. Bring everything: a dish to pass, beverages to share, and your own plate and knife/fork/spoon. The official meeting is a very brief report about our choruses.
Community Foundation of Tompkins County- Mass Chorus at Anniversary Event
 
We benefit from the Community Foundation of Tompkins County through several grants, and all of our singers are invited to join a mass chorus at the CFTC’s fifteenth anniversary event on June 6 at Ford Hall! Here is what they tell us:
Community Foundation is celebrating 15 years of philanthropic excellence with A Night on the Town Broadway Extravaganza, a special event at 7pm on June 6 at Ford Hall, Ithaca College. You are invited to this opportunity and your choral director has been notified because your organization has been a recipient of past grants from the Community Foundation. This multigenerational event will feature choral members from Tompkins County’s vocal ensembles accompanied by a 50 piece orchestra in addition to favorite soloists, Geoff Peterson, Trece Stevenson, Mark Lawrence and Sally Ramirez, as well as the talented youth of Running To Places Theatre Company.   Our Directors for the evening are the fabulous Baruch Whitehead and Joey Steinhagen!  You are receiving this letter because your organization has been a recipient of past grants from the Community Foundation. We invite you to be a part of this celebratory event.  To participate and to have your name included in the program, choral members should sign up on our website at www.cftompkins.org

, click on “news” and look for “Choral Member Sign up”

April Concert CD Orders
As always, our April concert was recorded, with CDs available for sale to chorus members. You can buy a 2 cd recording of the entire concert for $20. If you want only the Requiem, you can order that one cd for $15. To order, please fill out the attached form and mail it to Joyce Morgenroth your payment (cash or checks made out to Ithaca Community Choruses) at 474 Snyder Hill Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850. The order must be submitted by May 11.
Dates to Remember
Sunday, May 10, 2015: VOICES Spring Concert (3:00 pm at First Baptist Church)
Community Events
The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble directed by Carl Johengen presents
“Spring Writes: A Civil War Commemoration”
On Sunday, May 3 at 4:00 pm, at First Presbyterian Church, corner of North Cayuga/East Court streets in Ithaca
A one-of-kind event marking the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. The program includes Carol Kammen, Tompkins County Historian and member of the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, reading letters by local citizens reflecting on the events of 1865, interspersed with music of the period, spirituals, and settings of poetry by Walt Whitman and others. The CVE will be joined by guitarist Kenneth Meyer and pianist Kerry Mizrahi. Please join us for this powerful performance. A Reception follows the concert.
Tickets: Adult $15 preconcert, $18 at the door; $5 students; kids 12 and under free. Available at Hickey’s Music, Dey/Adams streets; and Pastimes Antiques in Dewitt Mall, Ithaca. Also at www.cayuga-vocal.org.
Newsletter Items?
Please note that I will not be sending regular weekly emails now that our season has concluded. I will send out a note regarding our June events around the end of May. Have a lovely summer!

April 25, 2015

From the Director
SCHEDULE:
Friday: Chamber Singers 6 PM, Chorus 6:45 PM
Saturday: Chamber Singers 6 PM, Chorus 6:45 PM
**Note: you do NOT need to wear concert dress for the dress rehearsal.
Tickets
Please turn in any unsold tickets and your ticket money to Vivian Goldsmith, our tickets coordinator, by the end of our Friday rehearsal.
AFTER CONCERT PARTY… 
…is at Pam Swieringa’s house.
If possible, bring food or beverage to share.
How The Met Opera’s Chorus Master Gets 150 To Sound Like One

Here’s an interesting post from Terry Gross’ Fresh Air program about the Met Opera Chorus, with information about staggered breathing, etc.  Might be helpful in advance of Friday and Saturday.
Thanks to Martha McNeill for bringing this to our attention!
June events for all singers in all the Ithaca Community Choruses
Summer Sing is our summer project, led once again by the beloved Katie Howell. Monday June 8 – July 27, 7-9 pm, in the cool dining room of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. The series of eight Monday night sessions is open to all singers, whether members of other choruses or not. The fee is $30 and we understand that people will be absent for some. The music includes a range of genres and challenge levels, and the last session is an informal concert for family and friends.
Official Annual Chorus Meeting
The official annual membership meeting of the Ithaca Community Choruses, a non-profit organization, is a dish to pass dinner on Wednesday June 24 at 5:30 pm until around 7. Everyone is welcome: singers in any chorus, family, friends. It is in the Small Pavilion of Stewart Park: turn left at the entrance and find the pavilion near the children’s playgrounds. Bring everything: a dish to pass, beverages to share, and your own plate and knife/fork/spoon. The official meeting is very brief report about our choruses.
Community Foundation of Tompkins County- Mass Chorus at Anniversary Event
 
We benefit from the Community Foundation of Tompkins County through several grants, and all of our singers are invited to join a mass chorus at the CFTC’s fifteenth anniversary event on June 6 at Ford Hall! Here is what they tell us:
Community Foundation is celebrating 15 years of philanthropic excellence with A Night on the Town Broadway Extravaganza, a special event at 7pm on June 6 at Ford Hall, Ithaca College. You are invited to this opportunity and your choral director has been notified because your organization has been a recipient of past grants from the Community Foundation. This multigenerational event will feature choral members from Tompkins County’s vocal ensembles accompanied by a 50 piece orchestra in addition to favorite soloists, Geoff Peterson, Trece Stevenson, Mark Lawrence and Sally Ramirez, as well as the talented youth of Running To Places Theatre Company.   Our Directors for the evening are the fabulous Baruch Whitehead and Joey Steinhagen!  You are receiving this letter because your organization has been a recipient of past grants from the Community Foundation. We invite you to be a part of this celebratory event.  To participate and to have your name included in the program, choral members should sign up on our website at www.cftompkins.org

, click on “news” and look for “Choral Member Sign up”

Facebook Users: Please Share our Concert Event!
If you use Facebook, please share our event, which is now posted. Invite friends to like our page, invite them to the show too! Even if you have out of town friends, share it with them! With the world being so small and so many crossing networks, it just might draw some extra folks in- especially for this popular work. Here’s the direct link to the event.
April Concert CD Orders
As always, our April concert will be recorded, with CDs available for sale to chorus members. You can buy a 2 cd recording of the entire concert for $20. If you want only the Requiem, you can order that one cd for $15. To order, please fill out the attached form and either hand it to Joyce Morgenroth at rehearsal with your payment (cash or checks made out to Ithaca Community Choruses) or mail the form and a check to her at 474 Snyder Hill Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850. The order must be submitted by May 11.
Spring Rehearsal Schedule
Required dress rehearsals
Friday, April 24 (Time 6:45 PM)
Concert:
Saturday, April 25, 2015
St. Paul’s Methodist Church at 8:00 PM
Dates to Remember

Saturday, April 25, 2015: ICC&CS Spring Concert
Sunday, May 10, 2015: VOICES Spring Concert (3:00 pm at First Baptist Church)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify Carol Skinner, who has generously volunteered to serve as our attendance officer this semester, (in advance when possible) of any absence. If possible, please email her at carolbskinner@yahoo.com, or you may call her at 607-387-3535. Members with more than three absences during the semester should check with Gerald about their eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events
SPIRITUAL MADRIGALS by SCHOLA CANTORUM OF SYRACUSE 
Sunday, April 26, 4 PM
First Unitarian Society, Ithaca.  
$15 (seniors $10, students $5, children free)
Choral chamber music by Tallis, Lasso, Byrd, Gesualdo, Monterverdi, de Wert, Schütz, and Schein
Cornell Chamber Singers and Cornell Baroque Orchestra Concert
8pm on Tuesday April 28th
Barnes Hall on the Cornell Campus
Free Admission
The Chamber Singers, directed by John Rowehl, will perform a motet, Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, and a cantata, Christ lag in Todesbanden,  by J.S. Bach.  Between these two works the Baroque Orchestra, directed by Paul Miller, will play sonatas by Biber and Buxtehude.
The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble directed by Carl Johengen presents
“Spring Writes: A Civil War Commemoration”
On Sunday, May 3 at 4:00 pm, at First Presbyterian Church, corner of North Cayuga/East Court streets in Ithaca
A one-of-kind event marking the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. The program includes Carol Kammen, Tompkins County Historian and member of the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, reading letters by local citizens reflecting on the events of 1865, interspersed with music of the period, spirituals, and settings of poetry by Walt Whitman and others. The CVE will be joined by guitarist Michael Meyer and pianist Kerry Mizrahi. Please join us for this powerful performance. A Reception follows the concert.
Tickets: Adult $15 preconcert, $18 at the door; $5 students; kids 12 and under free. Available at Hickey’s Music, Dey/Adams streets; and Pastimes Antiques in Dewitt Mall, Ithaca. Also at www.cayuga-vocal.org.

April 19, 2015

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 4/22:  All
SCHEDULE:
Wednesday:  Chamber Singers 6 PM, Chorus 6:33 PM
Friday: Chamber Singers 6 PM, Chorus 6:45 PM
Saturday: Chamber Singers 6 PM, Chorus 6:45 PM
**Note: you do NOT need to wear concert dress for the dress rehearsal. Please do wear the same heel height you plan to wear for the concert so Mike can place people according to height.
From the ICC&CS President
Help Needed Stuffing Program Shells
We need 5 or 6 people to help stuff program shells (we slip our concert programs into the program shells, which contain all the advertising we sold and are used by each of the 3 Ithaca Community Choruses) on Wednesday at 6:00 pm in the upstairs dining room at St. Paul’s. We can listen to the Chamber Singers rehearse while we stuff!
 
Tickets
 
Please turn in any unsold tickets and your ticket money to Vivian Goldsmith, our tickets coordinator, by the end of our Friday rehearsal.
Tickets purchased before the concert, either from chorus members or online via the tickets page of the ICC web site (http://www.ithacacommunitychoruses.org/purchase-tickets-for-a-german-requiem/

), are $15. Tickets purchased at the door are $20, so be sure to let people know that they’ll save money by purchasing tickets in advance! Student tickets are $5, and children under 12 are free. You can get student and children’s tickets from Vivian as well.

Any tickets left for people at the Will Call table on the evening of the concert must be prepaid and in an envelope clearly marked with the person’s name!!
The tickets page of the web site is up and running at http://www.ithacacommunitychoruses.org/purchase-tickets-for-a-german-requiem/

, so people can buy their tickets there with a credit card. Tickets purchased online will be held at the Will Call table on the evening of the concert.

 
Posters and Promoting the Concert
 
Thanks to Elizabeth Mount for our beautiful posters! Please post them everywhere you go–the bank, health club, coffee shop, doctor’s office, bus stop, etc etc. Any place they will let you!
Here’s a brief summary giving the details of the concert, which you can send to friends and family along with an e-copy of the poster (attached). Thanks to Wendy Robertson for the great job on our press release.
 
The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Gerald Wolfe, will present a concert featuring the music of Johannes Brahms, including A German Requiem with full orchestra and soloists Tamara Acosta, soprano, and David Neal, bass.
WHERE: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Corner of Aurora and Court Streets, Ithaca
WHEN: Saturday, April 25th  8:00 pm
TICKETS: Adults: $15 in advance $20 at the door; Students: $5; Children under 12: Free
Brahms’ much loved German Requiem was first performed to great acclaim on Good Friday April 10th 1868 at the cathedral in Bremen with Brahms himself conducting.  It was a deliberate departure from the traditional Latin requiems of the Catholic Church.  Brahms chose texts from Martin Luther’s German translation of the bible, wanting to use a language people could understand, with words that were directed to the living rather than to the dead.  They are words of comfort for the bereaved but can also be read as speaking to the suffering of exiled communities, stressing the promise of an eventual joyful homecoming in heaven.
Clara Schumann wrote: “The Requiem has taken hold of me as no sacred music ever did before..”
The chorus will sing the work in English, in keeping with Brahms’ wish that this powerful text be accessible to and understood by the audience.  The translation is from the beautiful English of the King James Version of the Bible.
The Chamber Singers will perform Brahms’ Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz and and Es ist das Heil uns kommen her.
Founded in 1976, the Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers includes over 100 students and Tompkins County residents.  The chorus is dedicated to learning and performing history’s best choral offerings.
The chorus is supported by:
The Community Arts Partnership, The Strebel Fund for Community Enrichment of the Community Foundation, and the PPG Industry Foundation
Next Year’s Repertoire
 
The repertoire committee has chosen Rachmaninov’s Vespers for our winter concert and Mozart’s Requiem for our spring concert. The winter concert will be onSaturday, January 16, and the spring concert will be on Saturday, April 30. It promises to be a wonderful season. I hope everyone is planning to join us again. And please invite your singing friends to join. We are in particular need of low basses for the Rachmaninov.
 
Concert Attire
 
Women: long-sleeved, plain, black top with a long, black skirt, mid-calf skirt with opaque black stockings, or full-length dress slacks; black shoes.
Men: long-sleeved, plain, black dress shirt or turtleneck; black dress pants; black socks; black shoes. Please, no jackets or ties.
And please remember NOT to wear perfume or other scented products! Also, please don’t wear sparkly jewelry.
Dress Fund: The ICC&CS will reimburse up to $10 worth of correct concert attire purchased at the Salvation Army (or other recognized nonprofit organization) after presentation of a receipt. You can give your receipt to our Treasurer, Jackie Magagnosc.
Facebook Users: Please Share our Concert Event!
If you use Facebook, please share our event, which is now posted. Invite friends to like our page, invite them to the show too! Even if you have out of town friends, share it with them! With the world being so small and so many crossing networks, it just might draw some extra folks in- especially for this popular work. Here’s the direct link to the event.
April Concert CD Orders
As always, our April concert will be recorded, with CDs available for sale to chorus members. You can buy a 2 cd recording of the entire concert for $20. If you want only the Requiem, you can order that one cd for $15. To order, please fill out the attached form and either hand it to Joyce Morgenroth at rehearsal with your payment (cash or checks made out to Ithaca Community Choruses) or mail the form and a check to her at 474 Snyder Hill Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850. The order must be submitted by May 11.
Spring Rehearsal Schedule
Required dress rehearsals
Wednesday, April 22 (Time 6:33 PM)
Friday, April 24 (Time 6:45 PM)
Concert:
Saturday, April 25, 2015
St. Paul’s Methodist Church at 8:00 PM
Dates to Remember

Saturday, April 25, 2015: ICC&CS Spring Concert
Sunday, May 10, 2015: VOICES Spring Concert (3:00 pm at First Baptist Church)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify Carol Skinner, who has generously volunteered to serve as our attendance officer this semester, (in advance when possible) of any absence. If possible, please email her at carolbskinner@yahoo.com, or you may call her at 607-387-3535. Members with more than three absences during the semester should check with Gerald about their eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events
ITHACA GAY MEN’S CHORUS, directed by our own Andrew Hudson-Sabens
Sunday, April 19, 4 PM
IGMC will reprise their spring concert!
Grace Episcopal Church, 375 West Church at Davis, Elmira, NY.
Admission free.
SPIRITUAL MADRIGALS by SCHOLA CANTORUM OF SYRACUSE 
Sunday, April 26, 4 PM
First Unitarian Society, Ithaca.  
$15 (seniors $10, students $5, children free)
Choral chamber music by Tallis, Lasso, Byrd, Gesualdo, Monterverdi, de Wert, Schütz, and Schein
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
Check the theater for broadcast time, most are at 1 pm
on Saturdays. (The encore performance usually takes
place the following Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm.)
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo

April 12, 2015

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 4/15:  #3, 4, 5
Attached are the program notes for our spring concert. Give ’em a read!
From the ICC&CS President
Tickets
If you haven’t already done so, please pick up your tickets envelope at rehearsal next week and do your best to sell them. If you run out (which I hope you will!), you may get additional tickets from Vivian Goldsmith, our tickets coordinator. Tickets purchased before the concert, either from chorus members or online via the tickets page of the ICC web site (http://www.ithacacommunitychoruses.org/purchase-tickets-for-a-german-requiem), are $15. Tickets purchased at the door are $20, so be sure to let people know that they’ll save money by purchasing tickets in advance! Student tickets are $5, and children under 12 are free. You can get student and children’s tickets from Vivian as well.
The tickets page of the web site is up and running at http://www.ithacacommunitychoruses.org/purchase-tickets-for-a-german-requiem/, so people can buy their tickets there with a credit card. Tickets purchased online will be held at the Will Call table on the evening of the concert.
Posters and Promoting the Concert
 
Thanks to Elizabeth Mount for our beautiful posters! Please post them everywhere you go–the bank, health club, coffee shop, doctor’s office, bus stop, etc etc. Any place they will let you!
Here’s a brief summary giving the details of the concert, which you can send to friends and family along with an e-copy of the poster (attached). Thanks to Wendy Robertson for the great job on our press release.
The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Gerald Wolfe, will present a concert featuring the music of Johannes Brahms, including A German Requiem with full orchestra and soloists Tamara Acosta, soprano, and David Neal, bass.
WHERE: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Corner of Aurora and Court Streets, Ithaca
WHEN: Saturday, April 25th  8:00 pm
TICKETS: Adults: $15 in advance $20 at the door; Students: $5; Children under 12: Free
Brahms’ much loved German Requiem was first performed to great acclaim on Good Friday April 10th 1868 at the cathedral in Bremen with Brahms himself conducting.  It was a deliberate departure from the traditional Latin requiems of the Catholic Church.  Brahms chose texts from Martin Luther’s German translation of the bible, wanting to use a language people could understand, with words that were directed to the living rather than to the dead.  They are words of comfort for the bereaved but can also be read as speaking to the suffering of exiled communities, stressing the promise of an eventual joyful homecoming in heaven.
Clara Schumann wrote: “The Requiem has taken hold of me as no sacred music ever did before..”
The chorus will sing the work in English, in keeping with Brahms’ wish that this powerful text be accessible to and understood by the audience.  The translation is from the beautiful English of the King James Version of the Bible.
The Chamber Singers will perform Brahms’ Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz and and Es ist das Heil uns kommen her.
Founded in 1976, the Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers includes over 100 students and Tompkins County residents.  The chorus is dedicated to learning and performing history’s best choral offerings.
The chorus is supported by:
The Community Arts Partnership, The Strebel Fund for Community Enrichment of the Community Foundation, and the PPG Industry Foundation.
Next Year’s Repertoire
The repertoire committee has chosen Rachmaninov’s Vespers for our winter concert and Mozart’s Requiem for our spring concert. The winter concert will be on Saturday, January 16, and the spring concert will be on Saturday, April 30. It promises to be a wonderful season. I hope everyone is planning to join us again. And please invite your singing friends to join. We are in particular need of low basses for the Rachmaninov.
Concert Attire
Women: long-sleeved, plain, black top with a long, black skirt, mid-calf skirt with opaque black stockings, or full-length dress slacks; black shoes.
Men: long-sleeved, plain, black dress shirt or turtleneck; black dress pants; black socks; black shoes. Please, no jackets or ties.
And please remember NOT to wear perfume or other scented products!
Dress Fund: The ICC&CS will reimburse up to $10 worth of correct concert attire purchased at the Salvation Army (or other recognized nonprofit organization) after presentation of a receipt. You can give your receipt to our Treasurer Jackie Magagnosc.
Facebook Users: Please Share our Concert Event!
If you use Facebook, please share our event, which is now posted. Invite friends to like our page, invite them to the show too! Even if you have out of town friends, share it with them! With the world being so small and so many crossing networks, it just might draw some extra folks in- especially for this popular work. Here’s the direct link to the event.
HELP with chairs on Wednesday
We all thank Ed for putting up chairs (alone) every week throughout this semester. If you’re able to get to Chorus around 6:30 pm to help put up chairs next week, that would be so helpful. Many thanks ~ Diana
April Concert CD Orders
As always, our April concert will be recorded, with CDs available for sale to chorus members. You can buy a 2 cd recording of the entire concert for $20. If you want only the Requiem, you can order that one cd for $15. To order, please fill out the attached form and either hand it to Joyce Morgenroth at rehearsal with your payment (cash or checks made out to Ithaca Community Choruses) or mail the form and a check to her at 474 Snyder Hill Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850. The order must be submitted by May 11.
Spring Rehearsal Schedule
April 15
Required dress rehearsals
Wednesday, April 22 (Time TBA)
Friday, April 24 (Time TBA)
Concert:
Saturday, April 25, 2015
St. Paul’s Methodist Church at 8:00 PM
Dates to Remember
Saturday, April 18th, 2015: IGMC Concert (8PM at First Baptist Church)
Saturday, April 25, 2015: ICC&CS Spring Concert
Sunday, May 10, 2015: VOICES Spring Concert (3:00 pm at First Baptist Church)
Community Events
For Love of Nature: Songs for Spring
Sunday, April 12, 3:00 PM
First Unitarian Society of Ithaca
Janine Willis will present a recital of music loosely based on the themes of nature and spring. Works by Schumann, Schubert, Faure, and more! With Marilyn Crooker, piano.
Monteverdi Vespers of 1610
Saturday, April 18, 2015
First Presbyterian Church, 315 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca, 7:30pm
Special pre-concert talk at 6:30pm
Tickets:
General $25; Senior $20; Student $10 (grades 3-12 admitted free)
Tickets and information available at (607) 301-0604, at the door, orwww.nysbaroque.com
NYS Baroque is so excited to present this beloved masterpiece of music, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, as the final concert in our 26th concert season.  Our all-star cast of 24 national and international early music specialists in voice, brass, strings and organ will be conducted by Grammy Award winner lutenist Paul O’Dette.
NYS Baroque director Deborah Fox thinks the 1610 Vespers by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) is one of the most perfect pieces of music ever written! Perhaps used as an audition piece (ultimately successful!) for the post of maestro di capella at San Marco in Venice, this monumental work is the most ambitious piece of sacred music written before the works of Bach several generations later. The piece ranges from the most intimate solos and duos to a splendid full double choir piece, including complicated counterpoint and a sublime instrumental sonata with a choir of sopranos singing chant above it. The huge scope of this piece, variety of form and style, and its beauty all illuminate the genius of Monteverdi. “We are thrilled to be performing it!” she says.
cast list:
Laura Heimes, Ellen Hargis, sopranos
Reginald Mobley, alto
Aaron Sheehan, Sumner Thompson, Steven Caldicott Wilson, tenors
Jonathan Woody, Ulysses Thomas, Kurt-Owen Richards, basses
Daniel Lee, Dongmyung Ahn, violins
Boel Gidholm, Jenny Valitalo, violas
Christel Thielmann, viola da gamba
Rob Nairn, bass
Bruce Dickey, Kiri Tollaksen, cornetti
Liza Malamut, Motoaki Kashino, Garrett Lahr, sackbuts
Paul O’Dette, Deborah Fox, Ryaan Ahmed, lutes
Leon Schelhase, organ
ITHACA GAY MEN’S CHORUS, directed by our own Andrew Hudson-Sabens
Sunday, April 19, 4 PM
IGMC will reprise their spring concert!
Grace Episcopal Church, 375 West Church at Davis, Elmira, NY.
Admission free.
SPIRITUAL MADRIGALS by SCHOLA CANTORUM OF SYRACUSE 
Sunday, April 26, 4 PM
First Unitarian Society, Ithaca.  
$15 (seniors $10, students $5, children free)
Choral chamber music by Tallis, Lasso, Byrd, Gesualdo, Monterverdi, de Wert, Schütz, and Schein
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
Check the theater for broadcast time, most are at 1 pm
on Saturdays. (The encore performance usually takes
place the following Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm.)
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo

April 4, 2015

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 4/8:  #1, 2, 7
From the ICC&CS President
Tickets
If you haven’t already done so, please pick up your tickets envelope at rehearsal next week and do your best to sell them. If you run out (which I hope you will!), you may get additional tickets from Vivian Goldsmith, our tickets coordinator. Tickets purchased before the concert, either from chorus members or online via the tickets page of the ICC web site, are $15. Tickets purchased at the door are $20, so be sure to let people know that they’ll save money by purchasing tickets in advance! Student tickets are $5. You can get those from Vivian as well.
The tickets page of the web site is up and running at http://www.ithacacommunitychoruses.org/purchase-tickets-for-a-german-requiem/

, so people can buy their tickets there with a credit card. Tickets purchased online will be held at the Will Call table on the evening of the concert.

Concert Attire
Women: long-sleeved, plain, black top with a long, black skirt, mid-calf skirt with opaque black stockings, or full-length dress slacks; black shoes.
Men: long-sleeved, plain, black dress shirt or turtleneck; black dress pants; black socks; black shoes. Please, no jackets or ties.
And please remember NOT to wear perfume or other scented products!
Dress Fund: The ICC&CS will reimburse up to $10 worth of correct concert attire purchased at the Salvation Army (or other recognized nonprofit organization) after presentation of a receipt.
Next Year’s Repertoire
I’m delighted to announce that the repertoire committee has chosen Rachmaninov’s Vespers for our winter concert and Mozart’s Requiem for our spring concert. I will let you know the exact dates next week.
Facebook Users: Please Share our Concert Event!
If you use Facebook, please share our event, which is now posted. Invite friends to like our page, invite them to the show too! Even if you have out of town friends, share it with them! With the world being so small and so many crossing networks, it just might draw some extra folks in- especially for this popular work. Here’s the direct link to the event.
https://www.facebook.com/events/729817840465004/
Please Check Your Name!
Please check the concert program proof sheets at sign-in to be sure that your name is correct.  Note any corrections that you wish made on the sheet.
April Concert CD Orders
As always, our April concert will be recorded, with CDs available for sale to chorus members. You can buy a 2 cd recording of the entire concert for $20. If you want only the Requiem, you can order that one cd for $15. To order, please fill out the attached form and either hand it to Joyce Morgenroth at rehearsal with your payment (cash or checks made out to Ithaca Community Choruses) or mail the form and a check to her at 474 Snyder Hill Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850. The order must be submitted by May 11.
Ushers Need for Ithaca Community Orchestra Concert
The Ithaca Community Orchestra is looking for at least 2 volunteers to usher for their concert- Saturday, May 2, at 4:00 PM at the Hanger Theatre. The orchestra will perform in collaboration with the Ithaca Shakespeare Company. Please contact Janet Wagner at janetwagner@msn.com.
Does anyone have Marcie Bishop’s Coat? 
Here is her description of it:
The coat was recently purchased (which means she’s not that familiar with it!) 3/4 length, a charcoal gray/almost black, with two pockets in the front, wide lapels that result in a V neck if not closed, and a top button which closes the coat up (near the neck) for colder weather.  The style is somewhat fitted – with three seams down the back, to give the fitted appearance.
Spring Rehearsal Schedule
April 8, 15
Required dress rehearsals
Wednesday, April 22 (Time TBA)
Friday, April 24 (Time TBA)
Concert:
Saturday, April 25, 2015
St. Paul’s Methodist Church at 8:00 PM
Dates to Remember
Saturday, April 18th, 2015: IGMC Concert (8PM at First Baptist Church)
Saturday, April 25, 2015: ICC&CS Spring Concert
Sunday, May 10, 2015: VOICES Spring Concert (3:00 pm at First Baptist Church)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify Carol Skinner, who has generously volunteered to serve as our attendance officer this semester, (in advance when possible) of any absence. If possible, please email her at carolbskinner@yahoo.com, or you may call her at 607-387-3535. Members with more than three absences during the semester should check with Gerald about their eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events
For Love of Nature: Songs for Spring
Sunday, April 12, 3:00 PM
First Unitarian Society of Ithaca
Janine Willis will present a recital of music loosely based on the themes of nature and spring. Works by Schumann, Schubert, Faure, and more! With Marilyn Crooker, piano.
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
Check the theater for broadcast time, most are at 1 pm
on Saturdays. (The encore performance usually takes
place the following Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm.)
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo

March 28, 2015

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 3/1:  All
Two Changes:
1. pp. 16-17 Change “early” to “morning,” and “latter” to “evening”
2. p. 96 m. 159 Change Tenor and Bass crescendo to diminuendo (like Soprano and Alto)
Please Check Your Name!
Please check the concert program proof sheets at sign-in to be sure that your name is correct.  Note any corrections that you wish made on the sheet.
SINGERS NEEDED!
On Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 12 at 2:30 pm, the Mansfield University Festival Chorus will present A German Requiem (sung in German) by Johannes Brahms under the direction of Peggy Dettwiler in Steadman Theatre.  Our remaining rehearsals are as follows:   Tuesday, March 31 from 7 to 9 pm, Thursday, April 2 from 5 to 6 pm, Tuesday, April 7 from 7 to 9 pm (with orchestra), probably Thursday, April 9 from 5 to 6 pm, and then the dress rehearsal on Friday, April 10 from 7 to 9:30 pm.
We would welcome singers who have performed the Brahms in German to help build the security of each section. Any singers can contact me directly at my email address below or phone numbers.   They should plan on attending at least two rehearsals if they want to join us!
Thanks for spreading the word!
Peggy
Mansfield University
Spring Rehearsal Schedule
April 1, 8, 15
Required dress rehearsals
Wednesday, April 22 (Time TBA)
Friday, April 24 (Time TBA)
Concert:
Saturday, April 25, 2015
St. Paul’s Methodist Church at 8:00 PM
Dates to Remember
Saturday, April 18th, 2015: IGMC Concert (8PM at First Baptist Church)
Saturday, April 25, 2015: ICC&CS Spring Concert
Sunday, May 10, 2015: VOICES Spring Concert (3:00 pm at First Baptist Church)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify Carol Skinner, who has generously volunteered to serve as our attendance officer this semester, (in advance when possible) of any absence. If possible, please email her at carolbskinner@yahoo.com, or you may call her at 607-387-3535. Members with more than three absences during the semester should check with Gerald about their eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events
Women’s Nature, Women’s Works Concert 
Sunday March 29 at 4:00 at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca
Tickets: $10; $5 (students); family pass $22.
Women’s Works will present a concert that combines science, meditation, classical, contemporary, and 70s protest music. “Women’s Nature, Women’s Works” celebrates women and the environment with music by Joni Mitchell, Shulamit Ran, Amy Beach and others, a new choral work by Ithaca composer Kathleen Ballantyne, and winners of the Women’s Works 2015 Young Composer Competition.
Special guest Katy Payne, founder of The Elephant Listening Project and expert in animal communications, will share her research on humpback whales’ songs and direct the audience to discover how whales’ songs develop, diverge, and converge.
Performers are Women’s Works members and friends:Katie Ballantyne, Bill Cowdery, Sarah Cummings, Jennifer DeLapp-Birkett, Karen Dumont, Beth Kelly, and Kristen Park.
For Love of Nature: Songs for Spring
Sunday, April 12, 3:00 PM
First Unitarian Society of Ithaca
Janine Willis will present a recital of music loosely based on the themes of nature and spring. Works by Schumann, Schubert, Faure, and more! With Marilyn Crooker, piano.
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
Check the theater for broadcast time, most are at 1 pm
on Saturdays. (The encore performance usually takes
place the following Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm.)
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo

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