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January 30, 2016

From the Director

Everyone knows that Mozart died before completing his last work, the Requiem.  It  had been commissioned by Count Franz von Wallsegg, who wished to have it performed in memory of his departed wife as his own composition.  In order to follow the conditions set by the Count and to receive the agreed upon fee, Mozart’s widow Constanze decided to have the work completed in secrecy.  For two centuries the work has been known in the version undertaken immediately after Mozart’s death in 1792 by his assistant Franz Xaver Süssmayr.
Mozart’s manuscript contained only the complete first movement, Requiem aeternam, the choral parts and orchestral bass line of the second movement Kyrie fugue, and the choral/vocal parts and orchestral bass lines with occasional motives for the orchestral accompaniment of the Sequenz and Offertorium movements, i.e., everything up to but not including the Sanctus.  However, the tight motivic and structural relationships found in the remaining Sanctus/Hosanna, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei strongly suggest that Süssmayr was working with now lost sketches and/or verbal instructions from Mozart.    Unfortunately, Süssmayr’s work throughout is plagued with compositional errors and poor orchestration, both completely un-Mozartean.
In the 20th century various scholars have attempted to remedy the situation by providing new editions of the Requiem.   In 1999 we performed the version by Franz Beyer.  This time we will use the completion by Robert Levin, who takes Beyer’s work further, reworking and extending the Osanna fugues, and, most significantly, adding an Amen fugue to the Lacrimosa, the traditional close to the large Sequenz portion of the Requiem.  In 1962 a sketch leaf by Mozart was found containing material for The Magic Flute as well as the beginning of an Amen fugue almost certainly intended for the Lacrimosa.  Levin masterfully extends this into a glorious fugue in the Mozart style.  Those familiar with Mozart’s Requiem will also detect occasional delicious twists elsewhere in the work.  The editor writes, “It is hoped that the new version honors Mozart’s spirit while allowing the listener to experience Mozart’s magnificent Requiem torso within the sonic framework of its historical tradition.”
From the ICC&CS President
This semester, we are excited to announce that we will be performing the Mozart “Requiem” in D Minor. Our first rehearsal is on February 3, 2016 beginning at 7:00 pm (registration begins at 6:15 pm).  Our online registration will end on Monday evening, February 1st. After that you may complete an in-person registration at the first rehearsal.
We rehearse in the downstairs meeting room of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church located at 402 North Aurora Street. A reminder that our seocnd rehearsal (February 10) will take place at Kendal at Ithaca.
Dues for the semester are $50 and the cost of the score is $15.
Online registration and payment is now open. Please visit the registration page of our website for all the details.  We hope to see you on February 3!
Questions can be emailed to icccs@ithacacommunitychoruses.org.
 
About the Score
 
We will be using the Mozart Requiem completed and edited by Robert D. Levin and published by Carus Music.  It is a different edition than those previously performed by ICC&CS.
To ensure that you receive a score at the first rehearsal, you must pay in advance. Scores are available on a first come-first served basis, with priority given to those who pre-registered and paid online.
We cannot return unsold scores to the publisher, so we must take care not to order more than can be sold to our members. If we run out of scores, more copies will be ordered, but please note that there may be a delay of one to two weeks before the scores are received from the publisher.
Spring Rehearsal Schedule
February 3, 10 (at Kendal), 17, 24
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20
Required dress rehearsals (concert dress not required): 
Wednesday April 27 (7:00-10:00 pm)
Friday April 29 (7:00-10:00 pm)
Concert:  Saturday April 30 (8:00 pm)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify the attendance officer, Marilyn Crooker, (in advance when possible) of any absence. You can email her at marilyncrooker@yahoo.com, or call and leave a message for her at 532-3484. Members with more than three absences should check with Gerald about eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events
MetOpera Live in HD at Regal Cinemas
January 30 at 1:00 ~ Turandot (Puccini)
March 5 at 1:00 ~ Manon Lescaut (Puccini)
April 2 at 1:00 ~ Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
Aprill 16 at 1:00 ~ Roberto Deverax (Donizetti)
April 30 at 1:00 ~ Elektra (Strauss)

January 24, 2016

From the ICC&CS President
This semester, we are excited to announce that we will be performing the Mozart “Requiem” in D Minor. Our first rehearsal is on February 3, 2016 beginning at 7:00 pm (registration begins at 6:15 pm).
We rehearse in the downstairs meeting room of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church located at 402 North Aurora Street.
Dues for the semester are $50 and the cost of the score is $15.
Online registration and payment is now open. Please visit the registration page of our website for all the details.  We hope to see you on February 3!
**If you do not wish to pay online, please pre-register online (leave the amounts at $0) and then send a check or money order (no cash) to Ed Olmstead, PO Box 328, Freeville, NY 13068.  Make sure that you mail your payment so that it is received by January 30th.
Questions can be emailed to icccs@ithacacommunitychoruses.org.
About the Score
 
We will be using the Mozart Requiem completed and edited by Robert D. Levin and published by Carus Music.  It is a different edition than those previously performed by ICC&CS.
To ensure that you receive a score at the first rehearsal, you must pay in advance. Scores are available on a first come-first served basis, with priority given to those who pre-registered and paid online.
We cannot return unsold scores to the publisher, so we must take care not to order more than can be sold to our members. If we run out of scores, more copies will be ordered, but please note that there may be a delay of one to two weeks before the scores are received from the publisher.
Spring Rehearsal Schedule
February 3, 10 (at Kendal), 17, 24
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20
Required dress rehearsals (concert dress not required): 
Wednesday April 27 (7:00-10:00 pm)
Friday April 29 (7:00-10:00 pm)
Concert:  Saturday April 30 (8:00 pm)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify the attendance officer, Marilyn Crooker, (in advance when possible) of any absence. You can email her at marilyncrooker@yahoo.com, or call and leave a message for her at 532-3484. Members with more than three absences should check with Gerald about eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events
MetOpera Live in HD at Regal Cinemas
January 30 at 1:00 ~ Turandot (Puccini)
March 5 at 1:00 ~ Manon Lescaut (Puccini)
April 2 at 1:00 ~ Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
Aprill 16 at 1:00 ~ Roberto Deverax (Donizetti)
April 30 at 1:00 ~ Elektra (Strauss)

January 9, 2016

From the Director
 
DIRECTIONS TO HOLY TRINITY ORTHODOX CHURCH, 140 Horseheads Blvd, Elmira Heights:
Take Rt. 13 south from Ithaca until it ends.  Bear right towards Rt. 86 West (Corning) and immediately bear right again for Horseheads.  Turn left at the first light onto Main St.  Go 1.7 miles (south) and just before Curly’s Chicken House turn right onto 14th St.  Take the second left, Horseheads Blvd., go 5 blocks and you will see the church on your right.  Park on the street or in the lot next to a big white building around the corner to the left (Harrison St.).
Please be there by 7 PM to warm up for our 7:30 PM performance.
From the President
 
• If you are part of Facebook, share the concert Facebook event with your Facebook friends!
• If you’re planning to register for the Spring semester (which begins on Wednesday February 3), the website should be open this weekend.
• Sunday January 10 – please plan to be at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church by 7:00 p.m. in concert attire (black).
• Wednesday January 13 –
(a) Chamber Singers report at 6:00 p.m., everyone else at 6:45 p.m.
(b) Vivian will be at this dress rehearsal to collect ticket sales.  Any remaining money/unsold tickets should be turned in to Jackie on Friday.
(c) There will be two envelopes at the back of the sanctuary for (cash) gifts to Gerald and Alan/Bill
• Saturday January 16 – Gerald and Joyce will host the cast party following our performance.
Directions to Post-Concert Party
Gerald and Joyce’s house, 474 Snyder Hill Road:
Take Mitchell Street to East Hill Plaza. Continue straight on Ellis Hollow Road for about 2 miles. Turn right on Quarry Road and go about 1/2 mile to a T-intersection. Turn right on Snyder Hill Road. Ours is the second house on your right, a sage green Victorian. PARKING: Park either along our side of the road or, shortly after you turn onto Snyder Hill Rd, turn left onto Whitted Road, which is a dead end, so safe to park anywhere there. FOOD, DRINK: Please bring food and/or drink to share.
Concert CD Orders
There’s still time to order a concert CD if you like. You can buy a 1-cd recording of the entire concert 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 January 29.
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
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.)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify the attendance officer, Marilyn Crooker, (in advance when possible) of any absence. You can email her at marilyncrooker@yahoo.com, or call and leave a message for her at 532-3484. Members with more than three absences should check with Gerald about eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
 
January 16 at 1:00 ~ The Pearl Fishers (Bizet)
January 30 at 1:00 ~ Turandot (Puccini)
March 5 at 1:00 ~ Manon Lescaut (Puccini)
April 2 at 1:00 ~ Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
Aprill 16 at 1:00 ~ Roberto Deverax (Donizetti)
April 30 at 1:00 ~ Elektra (Strauss)

January 3, 2016

From the Director
 
HOMEWORK FOR 1/6:  Be prepared with all movements – we will run them all in preparation for our performance in Elmira the following Sunday at 7:30 PM.
Please check again on the sections with lots of words. Read them aloud in rhythm, first as slowly as needed, repeating the process and gradually building up speed to be able to do it faster than we sing them. Also check on the sections that still give you trouble, using either Cyberbass online or plunking your notes. If you know your parts, singing will be a pleasure and we will do justice to this glorious music!
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
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.)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify the attendance officer, Marilyn Crooker, (in advance when possible) of any absence. You can email her at marilyncrooker@yahoo.com, or call and leave a message for her at 532-3484. Members with more than three absences should check with Gerald about eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
 
January 16 at 1:00 ~ The Pearl Fishers (Bizet)
January 30 at 1:00 ~ Turandot (Puccini)
March 5 at 1:00 ~ Manon Lescaut (Puccini)
April 2 at 1:00 ~ Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
Aprill 16 at 1:00 ~ Roberto Deverax (Donizetti)
April 30 at 1:00 ~ Elektra (Strauss)

December 19, 2015

From the Director
 
REHEARSAL 12/23 for those who can come:  Please come with spots you’d like to work on – Gerald will, also.
HOMEWORK FOR ALL:  Work on all movements.  You must be comfortable with the text if we hope to have a good concert.  Please practice reciting the text at a tempo faster than we sing.  Also, remember that there are two free online resources to help you practice:
Choralia:  Your voice with metronome and organ, your voice emphasized with other voices, or all voices.
CyberBass:  Your voice with piano.  You can control the tempo.
TIME CHANGE:  Our January 10 performance at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Elmira Heights has been changed from 7;00 PM to 7:30 PM
From the ICC&CS President
 
Thanks again to Elizabeth Mount for designing our poster (see attached) and handbills.
We still don’t have a host for the cast party after the concert on January 16, so please let me know if you’re interested.
At the dress rehearsals on January 13 and 15 there will be envelopes at the back of the sanctuary to collect money (cash only) for Gerald and Alan’s gifts.
For those of you who won’t be attending the extra rehearsal on Wednesday December 23, safe travels and best wishes for happy holidays.
Water Bottle Left at Rehearsal
Someone left a short red metal water bottle at rehearsal on Wednesday. It was found near where the back row of sopranos were sitting. If it’s yours, you can contact Ed Olmstead at 539-6609 or by email (see the shared roster) and he will get it returned.
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
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.)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify the attendance officer, Marilyn Crooker, (in advance when possible) of any absence. You can email her at marilyncrooker@yahoo.com, or call and leave a message for her at 532-3484. Members with more than three absences should check with Gerald about eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
 
January 16 at 1:00 ~ The Pearl Fishers (Bizet)
January 30 at 1:00 ~ Turandot (Puccini)
March 5 at 1:00 ~ Manon Lescaut (Puccini)
April 2 at 1:00 ~ Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
Aprill 16 at 1:00 ~ Roberto Deverax (Donizetti)
April 30 at 1:00 ~ Elektra (Strauss)

December 14, 2015

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 12/16:  # 12, 9, 3, 2, 1.  This is our last regular rehearsal before the new year.  You must be comfortable with the text if we hope to have a good concert.  Please practice reciting the text at a tempo faster than we sing.  BASSES:  YOU MUST PRACTICE RECITING THE TEXT AT A TEMPO FASTER THAN WE SING.
From the President
 
Thanks for all your hard work to make this a great concert, artistically and logistically!
 
Reminders:
  • Additional rehearsal scheduled for Wednesday December 23
  • Sign up for Elmira carpool
  • Pick up your concert tickets (Vivian)
  • Order your concert CDs (Joyce)
  • Sign up to distribute posters/handbills (Wendy)
  • Sign up for ushers/stagehands (Mike Billings)
  • Consider hosting the cast party (contact Charlotte Rosen if you have questions)
CD Sales
As always, our January concert will be recorded, with cds available for sale to chorus members. You can buy a 1-cd recording of the entire concert 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 January 29.
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
December 23* (optional)
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.)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify the attendance officer, Marilyn Crooker, (in advance when possible) of any absence. You can email her at marilyncrooker@yahoo.com, or call and leave a message for her at 532-3484. Members with more than three absences should check with Gerald about eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events
The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers (DCJS)  Concert
Sunday, Dec.13, at 3 p.m.
Hockett Family Recital Hall, Ithaca College’s School of Music
DCJS performs its most extensive concert to date on December 13. The mission of this primarily a cappella African American spirituals chorus is to preserve this soulful body of music and to help promote racial healing. The DCJS is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation.
DCJS, now in its sixth year, has more than 80 singers, including some of Ithaca College’s finest voice students soloing alongside community members of different ages (18 to 78), heritages and backgrounds.
 
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
 
January 16 at 1:00 ~ The Pearl Fishers (Bizet)
January 30 at 1:00 ~ Turandot (Puccini)
March 5 at 1:00 ~ Manon Lescaut (Puccini)
April 2 at 1:00 ~ Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
Aprill 16 at 1:00 ~ Roberto Deverax (Donizetti)
April 30 at 1:00 ~ Elektra (Strauss)

December 5, 2015

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 12/9:  #10-15.  Please practice reciting the text at a tempo faster than we sing.
From the President
 
New:
  • An additional, voluntary rehearsal will be held on Wednesday December 23.
  • Next week you’ll be able to pick up concert tickets to sell and posters/handbills to distribute.
Ongoing:
  • Please sign up for the Elmira performance carpool (Sun. Jan. 10, 7:00 p.m.) if you have room in your car.
CD Sales
As always, our January concert will be recorded, with cds available for sale to chorus members. You can buy a 1-cd recording of the entire concert 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 January 29.
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
December 9, 16, 23* (optional)
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.)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify the attendance officer, Marilyn Crooker, (in advance when possible) of any absence. You can email her at marilyncrooker@yahoo.com, or call and leave a message for her at 532-3484. Members with more than three absences should check with Gerald about eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events
Cayuga Vocal Ensemble Presents: “Celebrating 40 Years” 
Sunday, December 6, 2015, 4:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca
315 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY
 
Nearly 40 years to the day of our first performance as the “A Cappella Chamber Choir” (12/12/1975), we will peform some of the same music that was featured on that inaugural program. Music for Christmas by Gustav Holst, Healey Willan, Anton Bruckner, William Byrd, and many others.  Tickets are $15 in advance ($20 at the door).
The Ithaca Community Orchestra presents: Orchestral Soundscapes
December 5 4:00 PM, Hangar Theatre
The orchestra will present the premiere of the Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra by Ithaca composer Josh Oxford. Though written for orchestra, the concerto draws on musical styles that stretch from the Baroque era to the twenty-first century. This concerto is the second piece he has written for the Ithaca Community Orchestra. The program will also feature Bizet’s lush Suite No. 2 from L’Arlesienne, Saint-Saëns’ thrilling Danse Macabre, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s megalithic Russian Easter Festival Overture. The public is invited to attend a reception held directly after the concert.
A recommended donation of $5 will be accepted at the door, and children are admitted free of charge.
Sage Chapel Vespers Concert
Dec 6 & 7, 7:30-9:00 pm
Sage Chapel Christmas Vespers:  a candlelit Lessons & Carols service sung by the Cornell Choirs, with traditional readings by members of the Cornell community, and featuring Rachmaninoff’s Bogoroditse Devo.  Robert Isaacs, conductor, and organist Matthew Hall, with audience participation in the familiar Christmas hymns.

“Comfort & Joy” Concert at the Carriage House

 Tuesday, December 8, 7:30 pm.

Featuring the newly-formed Opus Ithaca Bel Lago Chorale, directed by Kristin Zaryski, the concert will also include vocalists Tamara Acosta and Catherine Gale.

The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers (DCJS)  Concert
Sunday, Dec.13, at 3 p.m.
Hockett Family Recital Hall, Ithaca College’s School of Music
DCJS performs its most extensive concert to date on December 13. The mission of this primarily a cappella African American spirituals chorus is to preserve this soulful body of music and to help promote racial healing. The DCJS is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation.
DCJS, now in its sixth year, has more than 80 singers, including some of Ithaca College’s finest voice students soloing alongside community members of different ages (18 to 78), heritages and backgrounds.
 
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
 
December 12, at 12:30 ~ Magic Flute (Mozart)
January 16 at 1:00 ~ The Pearl Fishers (Bizet)
January 30 at 1:00 ~ Turandot (Puccini)
March 5 at 1:00 ~ Manon Lescaut (Puccini)
April 2 at 1:00 ~ Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
Aprill 16 at 1:00 ~ Roberto Deverax (Donizetti)
April 30 at 1:00 ~ Elektra (Strauss)

November 30, 2015

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 12/2:  #4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10.  Please practice reciting the text at a tempo faster than we sing.
Water Bottle Left at Rehearsal last Week
Ed found a plastic water bottle left at rehearsal last week. It’s blue/clear plastic with a black top. He will bring it to rehearsal this week. If it’s yours, see him to claim it.
CD Sales
As always, our January concert will be recorded, with cds available for sale to chorus members. You can buy a 1-cd recording of the entire concert 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 January 29.
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
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.)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify the attendance officer, Marilyn Crooker, (in advance when possible) of any absence. You can email her at marilyncrooker@yahoo.com, or call and leave a message for her at 532-3484. Members with more than three absences should check with Gerald about eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events
Cayuga Vocal Ensemble Presents: “Celebrating 40 Years” 
Sunday, December 6, 2015, 4:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca
315 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY
 
Nearly 40 years to the day of our first performance as the “A Cappella Chamber Choir” (12/12/1975), we will peform some of the same music that was featured on that inaugural program. Music for Christmas by Gustav Holst, Healey Willan, Anton Bruckner, William Byrd, and many others.  Tickets are $15 in advance ($20 at the door).
The Ithaca Community Orchestra presents: Orchestral Soundscapes
December 5 4:00 PM, Hangar Theatre
The orchestra will present the premiere of the Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra by Ithaca composer Josh Oxford. Though written for orchestra, the concerto draws on musical styles that stretch from the Baroque era to the twenty-first century. This concerto is the second piece he has written for the Ithaca Community Orchestra. The program will also feature Bizet’s lush Suite No. 2 from L’Arlesienne, Saint-Saëns’ thrilling Danse Macabre, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s megalithic Russian Easter Festival Overture. The public is invited to attend a reception held directly after the concert.
A recommended donation of $5 will be accepted at the door, and children are admitted free of charge.
Sage Chapel Vespers Concert
Dec 6 & 7, 7:30-9:00 pm
Sage Chapel Christmas Vespers:  a candlelit Lessons & Carols service sung by the Cornell Choirs, with traditional readings by members of the Cornell community, and featuring Rachmaninoff’s Bogoroditse Devo.  Robert Isaacs, conductor, and organist Matthew Hall, with audience participation in the familiar Christmas hymns.
The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers (DCJS)  Concert
Sunday, Dec.13, at 3 p.m.
Hockett Family Recital Hall, Ithaca College’s School of Music
DCJS performs its most extensive concert to date on December 13. The mission of this primarily a cappella African American spirituals chorus is to preserve this soulful body of music and to help promote racial healing. The DCJS is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation.
DCJS, now in its sixth year, has more than 80 singers, including some of Ithaca College’s finest voice students soloing alongside community members of different ages (18 to 78), heritages and backgrounds.
 
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
 
December 12, at 12:30 ~ Magic Flute (Mozart)
January 16 at 1:00 ~ The Pearl Fishers (Bizet)
January 30 at 1:00 ~ Turandot (Puccini)
March 5 at 1:00 ~ Manon Lescaut (Puccini)
April 2 at 1:00 ~ Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
Aprill 16 at 1:00 ~ Roberto Deverax (Donizetti)
April 30 at 1:00 ~ Elektra (Strauss)

November 21, 2015

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 11/25:  #4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10

From the ICC & CS President
Upcoming:
  1. Wednesday Nov. 25 – extra/voluntary rehearsal
  2. Wednesday Dec. 2 – Joyce Morgenroth will begin taking orders for the concert CD ($15.00/per)
  3. Wednesday Dec. 9/16 – pick up concert tickets and posters
  4. Sunday Jan. 10 – “Vespers” performance at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (7:00, Elmira Heights), carpool sign-up at rehearsal

Happy Thanksgiving!

Holiday Choir Members Needed!
The First Unitarian Society of Ithaca (FUSIT) is looking for some additional
singers to participate in their holiday services on 12/20 and Christmas Eve.
Attached is the announcement from Jennifer Lawrence-Birnbaum,
(FUSIT’s choir director) which details the music and rehearsal schedule.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Jennifer at
fusitchoir@gmail.com or leave a message in the FUSIT office 273-7521.
PLEASE pass this on to any of your friends/colleagues who may be interested in participating.
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
November 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.)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify the attendance officer, Marilyn Crooker, (in advance when possible) of any absence. You can email her at marilyncrooker@yahoo.com, or call and leave a message for her at 532-3484. Members with more than three absences should check with Gerald about eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events
Cayuga Vocal Ensemble Presents: “Celebrating 40 Years” 
Sunday, December 6, 2015, 4:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca
315 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY
 
Nearly 40 years to the day of our first performance as the “A Cappella Chamber Choir” (12/12/1975), we will peform some of the same music that was featured on that inaugural program. Music for Christmas by Gustav Holst, Healey Willan, Anton Bruckner, William Byrd, and many others.  Tickets are $15 in advance ($20 at the door).
The Ithaca Community Orchestra presents: Orchestral Soundscapes
December 5 4:00 PM, Hangar Theatre
The orchestra will present the premiere of the Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra by Ithaca composer Josh Oxford. Though written for orchestra, the concerto draws on musical styles that stretch from the Baroque era to the twenty-first century. This concerto is the second piece he has written for the Ithaca Community Orchestra. The program will also feature Bizet’s lush Suite No. 2 from L’Arlesienne, Saint-Saëns’ thrilling Danse Macabre, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s megalithic Russian Easter Festival Overture. The public is invited to attend a reception held directly after the concert.
A recommended donation of $5 will be accepted at the door, and children are admitted free of charge.
Sage Chapel Vespers Concert
Dec 6 & 7, 7:30-9:00 pm
Sage Chapel Christmas Vespers:  a candlelit Lessons & Carols service sung by the Cornell Choirs, with traditional readings by members of the Cornell community, and featuring Rachmaninoff’s Bogoroditse Devo.  Robert Isaacs, conductor, and organist Matthew Hall, with audience participation in the familiar Christmas hymns.
The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers (DCJS)  Concert
Sunday, Dec.13, at 3 p.m.
Hockett Family Recital Hall, Ithaca College’s School of Music
DCJS performs its most extensive concert to date on December 13. The mission of this primarily a cappella African American spirituals chorus is to preserve this soulful body of music and to help promote racial healing. The DCJS is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation.
DCJS, now in its sixth year, has more than 80 singers, including some of Ithaca College’s finest voice students soloing alongside community members of different ages (18 to 78), heritages and backgrounds.
 
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
 
December 12, at 12:30 ~ Magic Flute (Mozart)
January 16 at 1:00 ~ The Pearl Fishers (Bizet)
January 30 at 1:00 ~ Turandot (Puccini)
March 5 at 1:00 ~ Manon Lescaut (Puccini)
April 2 at 1:00 ~ Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
Aprill 16 at 1:00 ~ Roberto Deverax (Donizetti)
April 30 at 1:00 ~ Elektra (Strauss)

November 14, 2015

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 11/18:  #8, 12, 13, 14, 15.

Speak the text faster than we sing, especially #12 and #15.
Apologies to those who cannot make the January 10, 7 PM, concert in Elmira.  It’s important that we have our tenor soloist there.
From the ICC & CS President
Reminders:
  1. I hope you’ll take advantage of our workshop with John Rowehl this Saturday (November 14, 9:30-noon) at St. Paul’s, $20.00 fee.
  2. Calendars are going fast so please pick up yours at the next rehearsal.
  3. There will be an extra/voluntary rehearsal on Wednesday, November 25.
  4. The chorus has been invited to perform Rachmaninoff’s Vespers at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Elmira Heights on Sunday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m. A sign-up sheet for carpooling will be available on Wednesday.
  5. Please notify Ed Olmstead if the way you’d like your name to appear in the concert program is different from your registration form.
  6. This spring we will be performing the Robert Levin edition of Mozart’s Requiem (published by Carus, $15.00).  This is not the version last sung by the chorus in 1999 so we are ordering 110 copies.
Holiday Choir Members Needed!
The First Unitarian Society of Ithaca (FUSIT) is looking for some additional
singers to participate in their holiday services on 12/20 and Christmas Eve.
They are especially in need of sopranos this year.
Attached is the announcement from Jennifer Lawrence-Birnbaum,
(FUSIT’s choir director) which details the music and rehearsal schedule.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Jennifer at
fusitchoir@gmail.com or leave a message in the FUSIT office 273-7521.
PLEASE pass this on to any of your friends/colleagues who may be interested in participating.
Cornell’s Twilight Concert from 10/31
For those of you who love a capella music, click on to this feed of the Cornell University Chorus’ Twilight Concert given on Halloween.  As we work away on Rachmaninoff’s VESPERS, it is truly inspiring to hear Robert Isaacs lead the UC Chorus through an entire program of acapella music, all in perfect pitch!
Fall Workshop Notes
On-line registration for the workshop is now closed, but you can register in person at the workshop!  We will accept cash and check payments, but cannot process credit cards.
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
November 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.)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify the attendance officer, Marilyn Crooker, (in advance when possible) of any absence. You can email her at marilyncrooker@yahoo.com, or call and leave a message for her at 532-3484. Members with more than three absences should check with Gerald about eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events
Cayuga Vocal Ensemble Presents: “Celebrating 40 Years” 
Sunday, December 6, 2015, 4:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca
315 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY
 
Nearly 40 years to the day of our first performance as the “A Cappella Chamber Choir” (12/12/1975), we will peform some of the same music that was featured on that inaugural program. Music for Christmas by Gustav Holst, Healey Willan, Anton Bruckner, William Byrd, and many others.  Tickets are $15 in advance ($20 at the door).
 
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
 
December 12, at 12:30 ~ Magic Flute (Mozart)
January 16 at 1:00 ~ The Pearl Fishers (Bizet)
January 30 at 1:00 ~ Turandot (Puccini)
March 5 at 1:00 ~ Manon Lescaut (Puccini)
April 2 at 1:00 ~ Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
Aprill 16 at 1:00 ~ Roberto Deverax (Donizetti)
April 30 at 1:00 ~ Elektra (Strauss)

ICC&CS Events