Ithaca Community Chorus & Chamber Singers

Weekly Notes

February 23, 2015

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 2/25:  #3, 6
From the ICC&CS President
A German Treat from Soprano Franziska Dellinger
Hello everyone!
I hope you are all having a great time learning the music for the German Requiem. I currently am in Germany helping out at my family’s bakery since my mom had knee surgery and still can’t get back to work. If you’re curious about our German bread and pastries, I put together a little photo album with some pictures. I will also put new photos in there, so check back again if you’re curious.
I hope to be back in Ithaca soon. Happy Singing everybody!
All the best,
Franziska
Corrected E-mail Address for Attendance Officer Carol Skinner
Carol Skinner’s correct e-mail address is
carolbskinner@yahoo.com Please let Carol know (preferably by e-mail) if you plan to miss a rehearsal. (Her phone number is 607-387-3535.)
Last Chance to Contribute to Gibbons Scholarship
Thanks to everyone for your generous donations for the Gibbons Scholarship. Next Wednesday will be the last opportunity you will have to contribute before we send the collection jar over to Voices. If you prefer to write a check, please make the check payable to ICC and put Gibbons scholarship in the memo.
Learning your notes
If you need help learning your part, you can listen to rehearsal files online. One source is CyberBass.com. Although the movement titles are in German, the tone is electronic, with no words.
Another free source for rehearsal files is John Fletcher Music. The movement titles are in German here too. You can download these mp3 files to your computer or other device. Check out: John Fletcher Music German Requiem 

Happy note learning! (I REALLY hope these links work this time!)
IC Opera Tickets Available!
TWO tickets (great value at $9.00 each) for the Ithaca College Theatre production of Mark Adamo’s opera “Little Women” –  for Sunday, February 22 at 2:00 pm. The first person who claims them by email will get both tickets. I’ll meet that person in the Lobby of the Clark Theatre of the Dillingham Center at 1:50 pm to give them the tickets. A donation to the Chorus or to the Paul Gibbons Scholarship would be appreciated. Email me Diana Nathanielsz at <dnathani@twcny.rr.com>.
January Concert CD Orders
Our January concert CD is still for sale to chorus members, I believe. You can buy a 2 cd recording of the entire concert for $20. If you want only the Haydn, you can order that one cd for $15. If you are still interested, please email Joyce Morgenroth at jdm9@cornell.edu, or see her at rehearsal to make sure you can still make an order!
Spring Rehearsal Schedule
February 25
March 4, 11, 18, 25
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 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
Friday, February 20th at 7:00 pm
CHRISTUS FACTUS EST: Lenten meditations for Voice & Lute

Mignarda Lute Duo – Donna Stewart and Ron Andrico
Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel at Cornell University
548 College Avenue in Ithaca
Sponsored by the Cornell Catholic Community Lenten Arts Series

free admission; free parking in selected lots after 5pm
 

Lute song duo Mignarda will present a concert of sacred polyphony and Gregorian chant focusing on the contemplative and penitential texts leading up to Easter. Conceived as an extended meditation, this program offers the glorious music of Renaissance masters Cristobal de Morales, Esteban Morago, Francisco Guerrero and others, in historically-sensitive interpretations for solo voice and lute following the 16th century practice of adapting sacred polyphony for private devotions.
MUSIC AT GRACE TRIBUTE RECITAL
WHEN: Sunday, February 22, 4 PM
WHAT:  Organ recital honoring Fr. A. Richard Strauss, organ builder
WHERE:  Grace Episcopal Church, 375 West Church at Davis, Elmira, NY
WHO:  Organists Gerald Wolfe, Jonathan Biggers, Annette Richards, and David Yearsley
Gerald Wolfe, Jonathan Biggers, Annette Richards, and David Yearsley will perform a variety of organ works on organ builder Fr. Richard Strauss’s magnum opus, the magnificent Grace Church organ.  The concert honors the craftsmanship, accomplishments, and friendship of Father Strauss.  The organ contains 5 divisions, 54 independent stops, 73 ranks, and 4397 pipes.  It is one of the largest organs between New York and Chicago.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Detailed directions may be obtained from the parish website: www.grace-elmira.org or by calling the parish office at 607-732-0545.
Father Strauss will give a pre-concert lecture on the organ at 3:30.
The Department of Performing Arts at SUNY Cortland presents
A Faculty Recital
Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 110

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 7:30 pm

 

Marion Giambattista, soprano
Gary Moulsdale, tenor
Alan Giambattista, piano

Selections from song cycles by Francis Poulenc (Banalités), Hector Berlioz (Les nuits d’été), Samuel Barber (Despite and Still) and Richard Strauss (the Op. 32 wedding songs)

Grief Song:  
Building a Vocal Community in the Face of Loss
Sat, Feb. 28, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sun, March 1, Noon – 3:00 pm
Nina K. Miller Hospicare Center
172 E. King Road
Ithaca, NY
In this special, two-day week-end gathering, participants will explore song and sound, emphasizing emotional expressions of grief. The workshop recognizes that music and song can be healing, and creates an environment where those who are grieving can feel and move through feelings of grief at their own pace.
This workshop is lead by Kira Lallas, LCSW, and Hospicare’s Music Specialist, Jayne Demakos, CTHP. Songs are simple and will be taught and sung in sessions, and additional singers will be present as support. Participants need not be practiced singers or musically experienced; all are welcome and invited to join.
Grief Song is free for participants but pre-registration is required by February 23, 2015. To register or for more information, contact jdemakos@hospicare.org or call 607-272-0212.
Music’s Recreation Presents
Nocturnes: Music Inspired by the Night

THE CONCERT WAS POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER- STAY TUNED FOR NEW DATE!
Works by Bartok, Chopin, Debussy, Faure, Hagen/Rogers, Ives, Mendelssohn, Schnittke, and Schuman. Featuring: Laura Campbell, flute; William Cowdery, piano; Elisa Evett, cello; Rosalind Feinstein, piano; John Greenly, clarinet; William Hurley, violin; Beth Kelly, flute; Karen Melamed Smith, piano; Janine Willis, soprano.
Date TBA
Community School of Music and Arts
Hamblin Hall, Third Floor
330 East State St., Ithaca
Tickets at the door; $8 per person, $22 family pass.
Pärt Passeo at St. Luke Sunday March 22 7PM
St. Luke Lutheran Church
109 Oak Avenue in Ithaca
Connecting the worlds of ancient and modern music, Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s musical setting of the narrative of the trial and death of Jesus will be performed at .  The free concert of “Passio” will feature Steven Stull as Jesus, Andrew Hudson-Sabens as Pilate, and a quartet of Rebecca Leistikow, Lynn Leopold, Charles Burch, and Geoff Royal singing the narration.  An instrumental quartet, choir, and organ round out the performing forces, led from the keyboard by Erik Kibelsbeck. For more information, call 607 725-1334 or  email ekibelsbeck@ithaca.edu. St. Luke is next to Collegetown Bagels. Parking in the Dryden Road garage or on the street.
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
is incredible value for those who love
opera, theater, staging, etc, etc.
It’s a blast for the senses!
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.)
March 14 ~ La Donna del Lago, Rossini
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo
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.

February 10, 2015

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 2/11:  III, VI
From the ICC&CS President
WELCOME RECEPTION

Please join us in a gathering to celebrate another semester and welcome our new members at 6:30 before rehearsal this Wednesday. Returning members, please bring a snack to share. New members, please come so we can get to know you. Everyone remember to wear your name tags. Hope to see you there!!!
Learning your notes
One of the most satisfactory ways to learn your notes at home is to listen to the Cyberbass “electronic tone” version. And it’s free! Although the movement titles are in German, the tone is electronic, with no words.
Check out:
You can also listen to it on YouTube.
Facebook Page and Group! 
For those of you on Facebook, below are the two locations we were discussing last week.  You’ll be asked to log in to Facebook when you click on the links, but it takes you right to the correct pages. (Thanks to Allen Reed (tenor) for doing this handy synopsis for the newsletter!)
Here is the ICC& CS page. This is our public page-  a place where the general public can see us on Facebook. Click “LIKE” to promote the page- and invite your friends to “like” our page too! We are hoping to use this page to help build our audience base and also to potentially recruit singers to our ranks!
Here is the ICC Group. This is a “group” to join if you are a member (past or present). Your membership will be “Approved” and then you can post here, and it will only go to other members of the group – not to the general public.
January Concert CD Orders
Our January concert CD is still for sale to chorus members. You can buy a 2 cd recording of the entire concert for $20. If you want only the Haydn, 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 as soon as possible!
Spring Rehearsal Schedule
February 11, 18, 25
March 4, 11, 18, 25
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 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 our esteemed president, Mary Royer, (in advance when possible) of any absence. You can email her at mary@mroyer.com, or call and leave a message for her at 607-539-7681. Members with more than three absences should check with Gerald about eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events

Cornell Savoyards presents: Jennie’s Will
 
Saturday February 7, 8:00PM
Sunday, February 8, 3:00PM
Barnes Hall, Cornell University
Admission is free (seats are first come, first served)
 
The Savoyards will perform this lovely operetta in celebration of the University’s Sesquicentennial. It tells the story of the love affair between Jennie McGraw, a local heiress and benefactress of fledgling Cornell University, and the University’s first librarian, Willard Fiske, their short marriage just prior to her death, and the subsequent battle between Fiske and Cornell over her estate. Starring Karen Wonder Dumont as Jennie McGraw, and Mark Lawrence as Willard Fiske.
A creative piece populated by characters from Cornell’s history dressed in finest Victorian style, underscored by gorgeous music, and accompanied by a talented chamber orchestra– it is an exciting way escape Ithaca’s winter for a couple of hours! For more information about the show, please read the article in Ezra Magazine.
Music’s Recreation Presents
Nocturnes: Music Inspired by the Night
Works by Bartok, Chopin, Debussy, Faure, Hagen/Rogers, Ives, Mendelssohn, Schnittke, and Schuman. Featuring: Laura Campbell, flute; William Cowdery, piano; Elisa Evett, cello; Rosalind Feinstein, piano; John Greenly, clarinet; William Hurley, violin; Beth Kelly, flute; Karen Melamed Smith, piano; Janine Willis, soprano.
Sunday, February 15th 2:00PM
Community School of Music and Arts
Hamblin Hall, Third Floor
330 East State St., Ithaca
Tickets at the door; $8 per person, $22 family pass.
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
is incredible value for those who love
opera, theater, staging, etc, etc.
It’s a blast for the senses!
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.)
February 14 ~ Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle, Tchaikovsky/Bartok
March 14 ~ La Donna del Lago, Rossini
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo
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.

February 2, 2015

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 2/4:  II, IV
From the ICC&CS President
It was great to see everyone on Wednesday night! A special welcome to our new members!
A fact sheet listing details of our rehearsal schedule, information about the Chamber Singers, and contact information for our president, treasurer, and director is attached. Also attached is an information sheet describing attendance requirements, concert week rehearsals, and concert dress.
A few reminders:
  • Please restrict announcements during our break to those pertaining directly to the Ithaca Community Choruses (which comprise our chorus—the Ithaca Community Chorus & Chamber Singers, Voices Multicultural Chorus, and the Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus [IGMC]). Submit announcements of all other music-related events (ready to copy and paste) by Thursday at 11:00 PM to Janine Willis (janineweber@mac.com), and she will put them in the newsletter.
  • Bring covered containers of water only into the rehearsal area (where the chairs are set up) and enjoy other beverages and food over near the snack tables.
  • Refrain from wearing scented products to rehearsals and performances since they are bothersome to some of our members.
  • Please do not tap your feet to count during rehearsals. It is distracting to some of our members and it is often at a tempo that does not match Gerald’s. If you need to count with your feet, please tap your toes inside your shoes only.
Thanks for your help in making our rehearsals as productive and enjoyable as possible!
See you Wednesday!
January Concert CD Orders
Our January concert CD is still for sale to chorus members. You can buy a 2 cd recording of the entire concert for $20. If you want only the Haydn, 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 January 31.
Spring Rehearsal Schedule
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 4, 11, 18, 25
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 25, 2015: ICC&CS Spring Concert
Saturday, May 2, 2015: VOICES Spring Concert
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify our esteemed president, Mary Royer, (in advance when possible) of any absence. You can email her at mary@mroyer.com, or call and leave a message for her at 607-539-7681. Members with more than three absences should check with Gerald about eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events
Music’s Recreation Presents
Nocturnes: Music Inspired by the Night
Works by Bartok, Chopin, Debussy, Faure, Hagen/Rogers, Ives, Mendelssohn, Schnittke, and Schuman. Featuring: Laura Campbell, flute; William Cowdery, piano; Elisa Evett, cello; Rosalind Feinstein, piano; John Greenly, clarinet; William Hurley, violin; Beth Kelly, flute; Karen Melamed Smith, piano; Janine Willis, soprano.
Sunday, February 15th 2:00PM
Community School of Music and Arts
Hamblin Hall, Third Floor
330 East State St., Ithaca
Tickets at the door; $8 per person, $22 family pass.
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
is incredible value for those who love
opera, theater, staging, etc, etc.
It’s a blast for the senses!
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.)
February 14 ~ Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle, Tchaikovsky/Bartok
March 14 ~ La Donna del Lago, Rossini
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo
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.

January 26, 2015

From the ICC&CS President
It’s Time To Register for the Spring Semester! 
It’s time to register for the ICC&CS Spring semester! This semester, we will be rehearsing the Brahms Requiem, which the chorus will perform on Saturday, April 25. The first rehearsal will be Wednesday, January 28. Registration will start at 6:15. Here is the information you need to be in the right place at the right time to start the semester with us:
Our online registration form is up and ready on our web site! Please register online and reserve your music at http://www.ithacacommunitychoruses.org/groups/icccs/join/. Please see the attached Fact Sheet for additional information.
You may pay online by credit card or PayPal. Due are $50, and scores are $10. Online registration is easy and you don’t have to pay using PayPal—you can pay with your credit card. During the online registration process, when you get to the “Choose a way to pay” page, fill in boxes with your personal information and then click on “Continue.” You will then be taken to a page where you can fill in your credit or debit card information. Online registration will close at 9 pm on Sunday, January 25.
Online registration has made the registration process much more efficient and has really helped us streamline our record-keeping. We hope that as many people as possible register online; however, if you choose not to, you can complete a paper registration form at registration before the first rehearsal on January 28 and submit it with a check. Rehearsals are held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church at 402 N. Aurora Street in Ithaca.

Scores for Brahms Requiem

We will be using the Schirmer edition of Brahms Requiem in English. We can guarantee that we will have a score for all those who have prepaid for one.

The Chorus Depends on Your Donations

Our community is most fortunate to have a professionally directed and accompanied chorus open to all who wish to sing. As shown in the charts below, our dues and the money earned through advertising sales and grants don’t cover the costs associated with the chorus. We depend on support from our singers and the community. Please consider adding a donation to the chorus when you register for the spring semester. Your gift is greatly appreciated and really does make a difference! Thank you.

Notes on the pie charts: As you can see, we have a budget shortfall of almost $3700. We are counting on donations to help us fill this gap. We also depend on income from fundraising (bed and breakfast, calendar sales, used CD sales), concert program ad revenue, and workshops. The success of our fundraising depends on each of our members’ taking an active role in our fundraising efforts.

January Concert CD Orders
Our January concert CD is still for sale to chorus members. You can buy a 2 cd recording of the entire concert for $20. If you want only the Haydn, 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 January 31.
Spring Rehearsal Schedule
January 28
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 4, 11, 18, 25
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 25, 2015: ICC&CS Spring Concert
Saturday, May 2, 2015: VOICES Spring Concert
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.
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.

January 17, 2015

From the Director
Look up from your music as often as possible. The audience wants to see your faces!
From the ICC & CS President
Concert Tickets
Please return ticket money and any unsold tickets to Denise at our dress rehearsals on Wednesday, January 14, or Friday, January 16. Unsold tickets and ticket money must be turned in by the end of Friday’s dress rehearsal.
Invite your friends! Janine created a Facebook Event to share- search for it under Ithaca Community Choruses!
Concert Dress
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!
Ithaca Times article about us!
Our own Jane Dieckmann (soprano section) has written a lovely article about our concert in the Ithaca Times this week. There are a number of quite interesting tidbits about our pieces in this gem, so be sure to check it out either in print or here: Power Play. Thanks Jane!
Spring Semester Registration is UP!
Rehearsals begin on Jan 28 for our April 25 performance of the Brahms Requiem. Thanks to those who worked tirelessly to get that running (Ed! Franziska! Anyone who I didn’t know about!). A more formal notice will go out to a wider audience in the coming week; so you will hear more about it (apologies for having to read it twice!)
Concert Week Rehearsal Schedule
Required dress rehearsals
Wednesday, January 14 6:30PM
Friday, January 16 6:45 PM
Concert
Saturday, January 17, 2014
St. Paul’s Methodist Church at 7:30 PM
(Chorus call 6:15 PM, Chamber Singers 5:45 PM)
Dates to Remember
Saturday, January 17- ICC&CS Concert
Sunday, January 18- IGMC Cabaret Fundraiser: 3 pm, First Baptist Church

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
MUSIC AT GRACE:   Sunday, January 25, 4 PM.
Yuri Ozawa on violin and piano, accompanied by Gerald Wolfe.  
Free admission.  Grace Episcopal Church, Church and Davis Sts., Elmira.
Currently a freshman at Elmira College, Ms. Ozawa has studied violin and piano since her childhood in Japan. She attended the Gnessin Special School of Music in Moscow, studying with Valentina Petrovna Korolkova (third grade), and has also studied with teachers at various Japanese universities. She began performing recitals in hospitals and nursing centers at age 7 and has also given benefit recitals for cyclone and earthquake victims. She received the Social Volunteer Award of Soroptimist International of Japan at age 17. Her repertoire includes standards of the (western) violin/piano repertoire—J.S. Bach, Kreisler, Mendelssohn, Chopin—as well as Japanese folk music and her own compositions.
SUNY Cortland’s Choral Union directed by Steve Wilson, accompanist Jackie Brown, is planning an all-Vaughan Williams program: Flos Campi (Flower of the Field) for small orchestra, viola solo, and wordless chorus; A Song of Thanksgiving; A Choral Flourish; Let All the World in Every Corner Singfrom Five Mystical Songs; Sine Nomine (For all the saints, who from their labors rest…). There will be opportunities to audition for short vocal solos.
Rehearsals are Monday evenings 7 to 9 pm, beginning Monday, January 26, 2015 in Room 111 in the Dowd Performing Arts Center, Cortland.  Dowd is at the corner of Graham Avenue and Prospect Terrace. See map: http://www2.cortland.edu/about/maps-and-directions/
The performance is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 8 pm in the Dowd Theater on the SUNY Cortland campus.
There is no fee to sing with SUNY College Choral Union. Scores are borrowed from the College at no charge.
Questions to Diana Nathanielsz dnathani@twcny.rr.com.
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
An incredible value for those who love
opera, theater, staging, etc, etc.
It’s a blast for the senses!
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.)
January 17 ~ The Merry Widow, Lehar
January 31 ~ Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Offenbach
February 14 ~ Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle, Tchaikovsky/Bartok
March 14 ~ La Donna del Lago, Rossini
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo
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.

January 10, 2015

Concert Announcement

The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Gerald Wolfe, will perform Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross, and Tippett’s a cappella setting of five spirituals from A Child of Our Time.  The Chamber Singers will perform When David Heard by Eric Whitacre.
Saturday January 17th 2015 7:30 pm
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Corner of Aurora and Court Streets, Ithaca
Tickets: adults: $15 in advance, $20 at the door;
students: $5; children under 12: Free
Haydn’s gorgeous setting of the Seven Last words of Christ was originally composed by Haydn in 1784 as a meditative instrumental piece for the Good Friday service in a Cadiz church.  In 1796 he adapted it as an oratorio.  He thought very highly of the oratorio, and it was the last piece he conducted in public before his death.  It will be sung in English, with solo quartet (Tamara Acosta, Ivy Walz, Gerald Grahame, David Neale) and full orchestra, from a new translation from the German by Gerald Wolfe.
Michael Tippett’s a capella setting of five spirituals are from his oratorio A Child of Our Time, written in 1941.  Tippett was much affected by the Nazi treatment of Jews, and his oratorio expresses the rejection of oppression wherever it occurs.  The five spirituals performed here function much as Bach’s chorales do in his Passions.  They are interludes of familiar music inserted between the main sections of the work.  These arrangements feature solos for soprano and tenor, which will be sung by chorus members.
The Chamber Singers will perform Eric Whitacre’s When David Heard, a beautiful, poignant setting of a verse from the bible describing David’s grief at the loss of his son, Absalom.
We hope you can join us for this special event!

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 1/14:  Five Spirituals
From the ICC & CS President
Concert Tickets
By now you should have picked up your tickets to sell!
Please return ticket money and any unsold tickets to Denise at our dress rehearsals on Wednesday, January 14, or Friday, January 16. Unsold tickets and ticket money must be turned in by the end of Friday’s dress rehearsal.
Invite your friends! Janine created a Facebook Event to share- search for it under Ithaca Community Choruses!
Posters
Thanks to Elizabeth Mount for creating this semester’s beautiful colorful posters! Please begin distributing the small handbills as soon as you have them. NOW IS THE TIME TO POST THEM! Please take some posters and put them up around town: at work, coffee shops, doctor’s offices, health clubs, churches and temples, the laundromat, the market, etc etc. And don’t forget to put one in your car window! And send the attached e-poster to anyone who might be interested in the concert!
Dress Rehearsal
Attendance at both dress rehearsals is mandatory for all who are singing in the concert! This is because each singer will be placed on “stage” and arranged so that everyone can see Gerald. To do this effectively, the concert manager needs to have everyone there. You do not need to wear concert dress to the dress rehearsal, but do be sure the shoes you wear to the rehearsals have the same heel height as those you intend to wear for the concert. We will be packed in tight! So please don’t wear any scented products.
Concert Dress
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!
Gerald and Marty on the Air!
Gerald Wolfe and Marty Ginsburg will be guests on FM 88.1(WRFI) at 1PM on Wed. Jan 14th. They will be discussing our upcoming concert. Sample recordings will be played and the patter should provide even more context about our pieces.
Spring Semester Registration is UP!
Rehearsals begin on Jan 28 for our April 25 performance of the Brahms Requiem. Thanks to those who worked tirelessly to get that running (Ed! Franziska! Anyone who I didn’t know about!). A more formal notice will go out to a wider audience in the coming week; so you will hear more about it (apologies for having to read it twice!)
Concert Week Rehearsal Schedule
Required dress rehearsals
Wednesday, January 14 6:30PM
Friday, January 16 6:45 PM
Concert
Saturday, January 17, 2014
St. Paul’s Methodist Church at 7:30 PM
(Chorus call 6:15 PM, Chamber Singers 5:45 PM)
Dates to Remember
Saturday, January 10- VOICES Concert: World Music and Gospel
Saturday, January 17- ICC&CS Concert
Sunday, January 18- IGMC Cabaret Fundraiser: 3 pm, First Baptist Church

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
MUSIC AT GRACE:   Sunday, January 25, 4 PM.
Yuri Ozawa on violin and piano, accompanied by Gerald Wolfe.  
Free admission.  Grace Episcopal Church, Church and Davis Sts., Elmira.
Currently a freshman at Elmira College, Ms. Ozawa has studied violin and piano since her childhood in Japan. She attended the Gnessin Special School of Music in Moscow, studying with Valentina Petrovna Korolkova (third grade), and has also studied with teachers at various Japanese universities. She began performing recitals in hospitals and nursing centers at age 7 and has also given benefit recitals for cyclone and earthquake victims. She received the Social Volunteer Award of Soroptimist International of Japan at age 17. Her repertoire includes standards of the (western) violin/piano repertoire—J.S. Bach, Kreisler, Mendelssohn, Chopin—as well as Japanese folk music and her own compositions.
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
An incredible value for those who love
opera, theater, staging, etc, etc.
It’s a blast for the senses!
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.)
January 17 ~ The Merry Widow, Lehar
January 31 ~ Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Offenbach
February 14 ~ Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle, Tchaikovsky/Bartok
March 14 ~ La Donna del Lago, Rossini
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo
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.

December 21, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 1/7:  All, especially Haydn #7 and Tippett #3
TALES OF HAYDN:  At 6:40 PM on January 7 our own Marty Ginsburg will regale us with tales of Haydn, so please come early if you can.
From the ICC & CS President
Concert Tickets
By now you should have picked up your tickets to sell!
Please return ticket money and any unsold tickets to Denise at our dress rehearsals on Wednesday, January 14, or Friday, January 16. Unsold tickets and ticket money must be turned in by the end of Friday’s dress rehearsal.
Attached is an announcement about our concert and a poster pdf you can e-mail to friends and family who may be interested in attending our concert.
Posters
Thanks to Elizabeth Mount for creating this semester’s beautiful colorful posters! Please begin distributing the small handbills as soon as you have them. We should wait to post the posters, however, until 2 weeks before the concert. Please take some posters and put them up around town: at work, coffee shops, doctor’s offices, health clubs, churches and temples, the laundromat, the market, etc etc. And don’t forget to put one in your car window! And send the attached e-poster to anyone who might be interested in the concert!
Dress Rehearsal
Attendance at both dress rehearsals is mandatory for all who are singing in the concert! This is because each singer will be placed on “stage” and arranged so that everyone can see Gerald. To do this effectively, the concert manager needs to have everyone there. You do not need to wear concert dress to the dress rehearsal, but do be sure the shoes you wear to the rehearsals have the same heel height as those you intend to wear for the concert. We will be packed in tight! So please don’t wear any scented products.
Concert Dress
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!
Rehearsal Setup Help Needed
HELP needed putting up chairs! Do consider arriving at around 6:30 pm to assist Diana putting up rehearsal chairs in the Dining Room. Many thanks.
January Concert CD Orders
As always, our January 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 Haydn, 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 January 31.
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
January 7
Required dress rehearsals
Wednesday, January 14 6:30PM
Friday, January 16 6:45 PM
Concert
Saturday, January 17, 2014
St. Paul’s Methodist Church at 7:30 PM
(Chorus call 6:15 PM, Chamber Singers 5:45 PM)
Dates to Remember
Saturday, January 10- VOICES Concert: World Music and Gospel
Saturday, January 17- ICC&CS Concert
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
Lecture Encore: Mozart and his librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte
Wednesday, December 24th from 1-2PM    
Broadcast on 88.1 FM!
In case you missed Marty’s talk at Lifelong last week, you are in luck! He will be continuing his in depth discussion of Mozart, da Ponte, and the opera Don Giovanni on FM Radio! Tune in on Christmas Eve from 1-2PM at 88.1 FM.
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
An incredible value for those who love
opera, theater, staging, etc, etc.
It’s a blast for the senses!
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.)
January 17 ~ The Merry Widow, Lehar
January 31 ~ Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Offenbach
February 14 ~ Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle, Tchaikovsky/Bartok
March 14 ~ La Donna del Lago, Rossini
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo
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.

December 15, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 12/17:  Haydn #5-7, Il terremoto; Tippett #3-5
Attached are the program notes for our concert pieces. Give ‘em a read!
From the ICC & CS President
Concert Tickets
At our rehearsals on December 10 and 17, our tickets coordinator Denise Coyle will be distributing concert tickets for chorus members to sell. Denise has an envelope containing four concert tickets for each chorus member to try to sell. Let Denise know if you need additional tickets. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, so concert goers save money by purchasing tickets in advance! Advance ($15) tickets are also available on our web site (www.ithacacommunitychoruses.org ). Student tickets are $5 and tickets for children 12 and under are free. Let Denise know if you need students’ or children’s tickets.
Please return ticket money and any unsold tickets to Denise at our dress rehearsals on Wednesday, January 14, or Friday, January 16. Unsold tickets and ticket money must be turned in by the end of Friday’s dress rehearsal.
Attached is an announcement about our concert and a poster pdf you can e-mail to friends and family who may be interested in attending our concert.
Posters
Thanks to Elizabeth Mount for creating this semester’s beautiful colorful posters! Please begin distributing the small handbills as soon as you have them. We should wait to post the posters, however, until 2 weeks before the concert. Please take some posters and put them up around town: at work, coffee shops, doctor’s offices, health clubs, churches and temples, the laundromat, the market, etc etc. And don’t forget to put one in your car window! And send the attached e-poster to anyone who might be interested in the concert!
Dress Rehearsal
Attendance at both dress rehearsals is mandatory for all who are singing in the concert! This is because each singer will be placed on “stage” and arranged so that everyone can see Gerald. To do this effectively, the concert manager needs to have everyone there. You do not need to wear concert dress to the dress rehearsal, but do be sure the shoes you wear to the rehearsals have the same heel height as those you intend to wear for the concert. We will be packed in tight! So please don’t wear any scented products.
Concert Dress
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!
Rehearsal Setup Help Needed
HELP needed putting up chairs! Do consider arriving at around 6:30 pm to assist Diana putting up rehearsal chairs in the Dining Room. Many thanks.
January Concert CD Orders
As always, our January concert will be recorded, with cd’s available for sale to chorus members. You can buy a 2 cd recording of the entire concert for $20. If you want only the Haydn, 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 January 31.
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
December 17
January 7
Required dress rehearsals
Wednesday, January 14 (Time TBA)
Friday, January 16 (Time TBA)
Concert
Saturday, January 17, 2014
St. Paul’s Methodist Church at 7:30 PM
(Chorus call 6:15 PM, Chamber Singers 5:45 PM)
Dates to Remember
Saturday, January 10- VOICES Concert: World Music and Gospel
Saturday, January 17- ICC&CS Concert
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 Chamber Orchestra presents Messiah
with Cayuga Vocal Ensemble
Sunday, December 14, 2014 4PM
First Presebyterian Church, Ithaca
Come enjoy this timeless classic! With soloists Rebecca Leistikow, soprano; Dawn Peirce, mezzo-soprano; Carl Johengen, tenor; and Marc Webster; bass. Featuring guest conductor Miriam Burns. Tickets are $30
Lecture: Mozart and his librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte
Wednesday, December 17th at 10am    
Lifelong(Cayuga and Court)
Marty Ginsburg will give an in depth talk on Mozart and his librettist,Lorenzo da Ponte.The opera Don Giovanni will be discussed thoroughly as an example of their magical collaboration. Music from the opera will be played.
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
is incredible value for those who love
opera, theater, staging, etc, etc.
It’s a blast for the senses!
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.)
December 13 ~ Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Wagner
January 17 ~ The Merry Widow, Lehar
January 31 ~ Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Offenbach
February 14 ~ Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle, Tchaikovsky/Bartok
March 14 ~ La Donna del Lago, Rossini
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo

December 8, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 12/10:  Haydn #1-4, Tippett #1-3
Rehearsal Setup Help Needed
HELP needed putting up chairs! Do consider arriving at around 6:30 pm to assist Diana putting up rehearsal chairs in the Dining Room. Many thanks.
January Concert CD Orders
As always, our January concert will be recorded, with cd’s available for sale to chorus members. You can buy a 2 cd recording of the entire concert for $20. If you want only the Haydn, 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 January 31.
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
December 10, 17
January 7
Required dress rehearsals
Wednesday, January 14 (Time TBA)
Friday, January 16 (Time TBA)
Concert
Saturday, January 17, 2014
St. Paul’s Methodist Church at 7:30 PM
Dates to Remember
Saturday, January 10- VOICES Concert: World Music and Gospel
Saturday, January 17- ICC&CS Concert
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: A Holiday Bouquet
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 4:00 pm
First Unitarian Society
306 N. Aurora St., Ithaca, NY
Holiday music on themes of flowers (especially roses), plants, and nature. Repertoire to include Samuel Barber’s “Twelfth Night,” two versions of “Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen” by Praetorius and Vulpius, Robert Young’s “There is no Rose of Such Virtue,” and Kenneth Leighton’s “Of a Rose is All My Song,” plus familiar carols and holiday favorites. $15 advance ticket price, $18 at the door. Students are $5 and kids 12 and under are free.
Tickets available at Hickey’s, Pastimes Antiques, and at the door. You may also purchase tickets online at: http://www.cayuga-vocal.org/tickets.shtml#dec
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
is incredible value for those who love
opera, theater, staging, etc, etc.
It’s a blast for the senses!
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.)
December 13 ~ Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Wagner
January 17 ~ The Merry Widow, Lehar
January 31 ~ Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Offenbach
February 14 ~ Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle, Tchaikovsky/Bartok
March 14 ~ La Donna del Lago, Rossini
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo
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.

ICC&CS Events

Sat., 04/25/2015
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
ICC & CS
ICC&CS spring concert
St. Paul's Methodist Church
402 North Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

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