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Weekly Notes

October 25, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 10/29:  Haydn #6 and 7, Tippett #3,4,5
Learning Your Notes
Happily, I discovered a free website that can be used for BOTH of our pieces this term! The site is created and maintained by John Fletcher, out of the UK, but folks all over the world are able to use it. The website is JohnF’s Music Site.
You can click on “Composer and Arranger Index” or “Title Index” on the left side of the page to search for both pieces. It is super helpful! Poke around the site too, it’s interesting to see everything he has!
Advertisement Sales:  Penultimate pushy plea
Please bear down on the businesses you are selling ads to.  The deadline looms (31 OCTOBER).  Call, write, visit, sing to them, croon:  whatever it takes.  Many thanks for putting on this burst of pressure to complete the deals.  Send me any updates, questions, concerns (ldb4@cornell.edu or ads@ithacacommunitychoruses.org).  And bring any contracts and checks to me at next week’s rehearsal.  Ithaca Community Choruses thank you.  I thank you.  Lynda Bogel
Voice lessons with Marion Giambattista
The next voice lesson will be for the Alto section this coming Wednesday October 29th.  The Tenors will follow November 5th, then Basses, and so on.  Marion will meet with students from 6:15 to 6:45 just ahead of our normal rehearsals.  We will collect $5 per student per lesson to help cover Marion’s time and costs.  Ed has kindly provided sign up sheets by section and you are encouraged to sign up, but don’t worry if you have yet to sign up as walk-ins (from the right section of course) are welcome and encouraged.  If you have signed up but your plans change please be sure to email Brian because we want to make sure we have enough attending to warrant Marion’s time.  Please direct any questions to Brian Bauer (briantbauer@gmail.com).
Fall Workshop

“Smart & Speedy Sight Singing: Understanding What You Already Know.” A Workshop for Choral and Congregational Singers.
Open to All! Benefits the 4 projects of the Ithaca Community Choruses
Saturday, November 15, Location to be Announced
9:30 Registration and coffee; 10-12:30 workshop
Come for a lively morning of singing and learning with Gregory Austin!
  • How can I read those hymns, or new chorus pieces, faster?
  • What happens when a key changes?  Why do I care?
  • How can I catch the rhythm easier?
Greg is a Freeville native who returns to the Ithaca area with master’s degrees in vocal performance and choral conducting. The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers have welcomed him as a vibrant new member of the bass section. Here is more about Greg: http://www.gregoryaustinmusic.com/
Registration is $20 and will be online soon. Want to help that day? Contact Cindy Howell at cmchowell@yahoo.com or Susanne Morgan at morgan@ithaca.edu.
Now is the time to mark your calendar and invite your friends!
ICC Bylaws Project
The Ithaca Community Choruses, our umbrella organization, has been operating for many years with bylaws that applied to the Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers, the original chorus.  There is a thorough “reorganization agreement” that describes the current structure.
We need to integrate the elements of that document with the bylaws. Peter and Ann Martin have offered to help us with that task. Peter is a law professor and Ann is an organizational consultant and neither of them is a bylaws expert but they are confident that a small group of engaged singers can devote a bit of time over a few weeks and accomplish it.
How about you? Do you have experience with bylaws of a volunteer-based nonprofit like ours? Would you like to be part of that working group? No long chorus experience is necessary: Peter and Ann are relative newcomers to Summer Sing and ICC&CS. In fact, no chorus membership is necessary! Invite your supportive partner or friend to help with this!
Let’s talk! Write me and we will explore how you might be involved. I’m currently chair of our board. Susanne Morgan at morgan@ithaca.edu
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
October 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 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, November 15- Fall Workshop
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.
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.

October 18, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 10/22:  Tippett #3,4,5 and Haydn #5
Shared Roster in Easy-to-Print Format!
If anyone had trouble printing either of the shared rosters we sent out, try the attached one! Thanks to Annie Wall for providing it.
Voice lessons with Marion Giambattista
The next voice lesson will be for the Soprano section this coming Wednesday October 22nd.  The Altos will follow October 29th, then Tenors, Basses, and so on.  Marion will meet with students from 6:15 to 6:45 just ahead of our normal rehearsals.  We will collect $5 per student per lesson to help cover Marion’s time and costs.  Ed has kindly provided sign up sheets by section and you are encouraged to sign up, but don’t worry if you have yet to sign up as walk-ins (from the right section of course) are welcome and encouraged.  If you have signed up but your plans change please be sure to email Brian because we want to make sure we have enough attending to warrant Marion’s time.
Please direct any questions to Brian Bauer (briantbauer@gmail.com).
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
October 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 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, October 18 – IGMC Fall Concert
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
IGMC CONCERT
Saturday October 18, 2014
8:00 PM, First Baptist Church
Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus will perform their Fall Concert at 8:00 PM at the First Baptist Church, located in Ithaca’s historic Dewitt Park at 309 North Cayuga Street.  Tickets are $12 in advance and can be purchased by searching “Ithaca Events” at www.eventbrite.com or from individual chorus members.  Tickets will also be available at the door for $15.
“Shackleton’s Antarctic Dream: 
A Saga of Extraordinary Leadership and Survival”
A one-act, one-person play by Louise Adie
Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, 2014
7:30 pm
Trumansburg Elementary School Auditorium
$5.00 admission at the door
A fund-raiser for the Encore Players Community Theatre
(Special note to Chorus members: Louise was inspired to proceed with her
idea to write this one-person play after hearing this Community Chorus sing
Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony last spring)
Bluebeard’s Castle at CSMA
IGMC’s new Director Zachary James will be performing in Opera Ithaca’s first production ‘Bluebeards Castle’, at the third floor theatre of CSMA on October 18th and 19th (8pm).  For more info on the show please visit www.operaithaca.org.
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.

October 11, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 10/15:  Haydn #3, 4, and 5.  Tippett #3 and 4
 Please insert those markings into your scores:
From the ICC&CS President
A Few Reminders from the Rehearsal Police

Please

- Don’t talk during rehearsal. If you have a question, raise your hand and ask Gerald, or wait til the break or a sectional rehearsal and ask your section leader.

- 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.

- Be on time to rehearsal.

- 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.

- Sign in at each rehearsal and notify our attendance officer Marilyn Crooker (marilyncrooker@yahoo.com) if you’re going to be absent.

Thanks for your help in making our rehearsals as productive and enjoyable as possible!

Calendars Are Now Available!

If you haven’t already done so, please pick up the calendars you ordered next Wednesday. They are $13, so remember your check books or bring some cash. We have some extras, so if you didn’t order any or your didn’t order enough, we still havep plenty. Thanks for your great response on this–we are neck and neck with Voices!

Shared Roster in Easy-to-Print Format!
For those who would like to print the shared roster, attached is a version that will be more printer friendly. Thanks to Susanne Morgan for sending it along.
AD SALES UPDATE from Lynda Bogel
Would each of you who have volunteered (or been volunteered by me) send me an email update of your progress selling ads for the ICC program?  A quick note to ldb4@cornell.edu will let me know how we are doing with each business I’ve got you assigned to.  PLEASE.  Also any questions,  I’ll hurry to answer. (Alternate email:  ads@ithacacommunitychoruses.org)
Voice lessons with Marion Giambattista
The next voice lesson will be for the Bass section this coming Wednesday October 15th.  The Sopranos will follow October 22nd, then Altos, Tenors, and so on.  Marion will meet with students from 6:15 to 6:45 just ahead of our normal rehearsals.  We will collect $5 per student per lesson to help cover Marion’s time and costs.  Ed has kindly provided sign up sheets by section and you are encouraged to sign up, but don’t worry if you have yet to sign up as walk-ins (from the right section of course) are welcome and encouraged.  If you have signed up but your plans change please be sure to email Brian because we want to make sure we have enough attending to warrant Marion’s time.
Please direct any questions to Brian Bauer (briantbauer@gmail.com).
IGMC Names New Director!
The IGMC has announced that Zarchary James, Broadway actor and international opera singer, will be directing the IGMC beginning October 21st. Zachary (IC ’05) and his partner Tucker Davis moved to the Ithaca area this past year and are a welcome addition to our vibrant arts community.
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
October 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 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, October 18 – IGMC Fall Concert
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
FOUR PILLARS OF THE HIGH RENAISSANCE
Sunday, October 12, 2014, 4:00 PM
Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Rd., Dewitt
$15 ($10 students and seniors)
A cappella choral works of “The Big Four” of High Renaissance music: Palestrina, Lasso, Byrd, and Victoria.  Gerald Wolfe, who is one of the ensemble’s ten singers, will also play on harpsichord Byrd’s Kinborough Good Pavan and Galliard.
IGMC CONCERT
Saturday October 18, 2014
8:00 PM, First Baptist Church
Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus will perform their Fall Concert at 8:00 PM at the First Baptist Church, located in Ithaca’s historic Dewitt Park at 309 North Cayuga Street.  Tickets are $12 in advance and can be purchased by searching “Ithaca Events” at www.eventbrite.com or from individual chorus members.  Tickets will also be available at the door for $15.
“Shackleton’s Antarctic Dream: 
A Saga of Extraordinary Leadership and Survival”
A one-act, one-person play by Louise Adie
Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, 2014
7:30 pm
Trumansburg Elementary School Auditorium
$5.00 admission at the door
A fund-raiser for the Encore Players Community Theatre
(Special note to Chorus members: Louise was inspired to proceed with her
idea to write this one-person play after hearing this Community Chorus sing
Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony last spring)
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.

October 5, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 10/8:  Haydn #1,2,3 and Tippett #1,2
From the ICC&CS President
Shared Roster

Attached to this newsletter, please find our “shared roster,” which is a list of names and contact information of this semester’s chorus members who have agreed to be included in the roster. Please use the information in the roster only for purposes related to the chorus and please don’t share it with anyone outside of the chorus. Thanks to our registrar Ed Olmstead for preparing the roster.

Sad News for one of our members
The chorus members wish to extend their deepest sympathy to Linda and Mike Duttweiler on the loss of their son, Christian, this past Sunday, September 28. Linda is a new member of the alto section, and also mother to Katie Duttweiler Waxman, who sang with us for several years. The obituary is online at the Ithaca Journal website if you wish more information.  Again, we extend our sincere condolences to the entire  family on this tragic and untimely loss, and hope they will find comfort from the love and support of those who surround them.  Linda hopes to be back to sing with us in the near future (reported  by Marilyn Crooker).
Learning Your Notes
Our usual websites for learning your notes do not have either of our pieces. You will find the Haydn here. You can also find complete performances on YouTube.
Ethel Vrana recommends Choraline.com for the Tippett spirituals.You’ll find MP3s, CDs and downloads (for a fee).
You can improve your vocal abilities by doing vocal warm-ups. Cyberbass has some.
If you find additional note-learning websites, do let me know. Thanks!
-Diana Nathanielsz (dnathani@twcny.rr.com)
Ad Sales
Please inform Lynda Bogel directly about which businesses you want to approach for ad sales. She can be reached via email at ldb4@cornell.edu, or just chat with her at rehearsal!
Singing Opportunity at Kendal of Ithaca
Katie Howell, the director of Summer Sing, is working with a singing group at Kendal of Ithaca that was formed some time ago but has lacked steady leadership.  She describes the group as “fun with some really interesting people.”  Some are highly experienced musicians and singers, some haven’t sung since their youth and are interested in singing again.
The challenge of working with the group is that of a small group.  Attendance goes up and down based on each person’s schedule, health, interest, etc.  Those who are there really want to sing in 4-part harmony, but often lack the people to really fill it out and will end up with one or two people on a part.  There was even a recent rehearsal lacking tenors.
Katie has asked that we reach out to the various ICC chorus members and ask if you might be interested in coming to sing with this group, turning it into an inter-generational choir.  It meets on Thursday afternoons fro 4 PM to 5 PM right at Kendal.   Katie would like to see this group take off if it can, and thinks some of the musical energy from ICC choral members would be a positive influence on the group and that if the residents heard and saw good stuff happening, those hanging back would join right in and make a real choir.
If this sounds interesting to you and you’d like to give it a try, please send Katie an email at katierohrhowell@gmail.com and she will send you a detailed description of where we meet.  There is no charge to participate – just bring your voice and enthusiasm for music!
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
October 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 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, October 18 – IGMC Fall Concert
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 “George & Ira, Noel & Cole”
2014 Gala Cabaret Fundraiser
Saturday, October 4 7:00 PM, First Unitarian Society of Ithaca
A fun evening of fresh and funny songs by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Noël Coward, and other Broadway and Tin Pan Alley greats. Accompanying the singers at the piano are Richard Montgomery and Marilyn Crooker, and Carl Johengen. Doors open at 7:00 pm for desserts, wine tasting and Silent Auction.
Tickets at Hickeys Music, corner of Dey/Adams streets; Pastimes Antiques in Dewitt Mall in Ithaca; at www.Cayuga-vocal.org and at the door.
DEEPLY INTO GRATITUDE: CHANTING MEDITATION WORKSHOP
Saturday, 11 October, 2014
10:00 to 1:00 pm
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

309 Highland Road, Ithaca, NY
Suggested fee: $35 – $50 (includes refreshments)
No previous experience with meditation or special singing ability required. To Register, email: chantingmeditation@yahoo.com or (607)592-2465 (please leave voice mail)
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.

September 26, 2014

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 10/1:  Tippett #5 and Haydn #4, #5, Il terremoto
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!!!
PROBLEMS WITH CORNELL ADDRESSES
As was announced at rehearsal, Cornell University has started to block the Voices newsletter to any member using a cornell.edu e-mail address. I’m not sure whether there will be a problem with our newsletters as well, but in case there is, here are some workarounds from Ed Olmstead:
  1. Provide us with an alternate e-mail address.  If you do not have one, gmail is easy to set up and it is free.
  2. The ICC&CS newsletters are posted to our website.
    You can always go there to get the latest edition of the newsletter.
Please let Janine know if you aren’t getting your newsletter so we can determine whether or not there really is a problem. Thanks!

CALENDAR SALES! HOW MANY WILL YOU BUY OR SELL? 

This year, we have to order Ithaca waterfall calendars in advance, so we need some idea of how many we’ll be able to sell. Please give this some thought between now and Wednesday. If you didn’t do it last Wednesday, would you please  let Sheila Reakes know during break next week how many calendars you would like to buy or sell. She will have a display copy at the table in the back of the room and will have a sign-up sheet on which you can indicate how many you anticipate needing; this will help us order approximately the right number of calendars. Many thanks for your help with this important fundraiser!
IMPORTANCE OF FUNDRAISING!
I know all the hoopla about fundraising is a bit annoying…but it’s a necessary evil. As shown by the pie charts below, our dues and the grants we receive don’t cover the costs of professional direction and accompaniment during rehearsals, rental space for rehearsals and concerts, orchestras and soloists, and posters and programs. So we all need to pull together to help raise money to support the chorus. If every member takes some responsibility for this, the burden won’t be too great for anyone. So please do your share. Many thanks!
Learning Your Notes
Our usual websites for learning your notes do not have either of our pieces. You will find the Haydn here. You can also find complete performances on YouTube.
You can improve your vocal abilities by doing vocal warm-ups. Cyberbass has some.
If you find additional note-learning websites, do let me know. Thanks!
-Diana Nathanielsz (dnathani@twcny.rr.com)
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 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, October 18 – IGMC Fall Concert
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
The Fifth Annual Little Apple Fall Follies – LAFF, a Family Friendly Event Benefiting Area Youth Performing Groups
WHEN: Saturday, September 27, 7:00pm
WHERE: Kulp Auditorium, Ithaca High School
WHY: To Benefit Local Youth Arts Programs
WHO: Featuring The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers; Running to Places; “Nate the Great,” Juggler Extraordinaire; James Warren, World-renown Magician; Circus Culture; Jazz; Rock; Broadway and the incomparable Ed Clute on piano.
TICKETS:  Just $12 and available at Pastimes Antiques in the Dewitt Mall, online at http://www.savageclubofithaca.com

, from any Savage or Rotary Club member, and at the door the evening of the Show.

Cayuga Vocal Ensemble presents “George & Ira, Noel & Cole” 
2014 Gala Cabaret Fundraiser
Saturday, October 4 7:00 PM, First Unitarian Society of Ithaca
A fun evening of fresh and funny songs by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Noël Coward, and other Broadway and Tin Pan Alley greats. Accompanying the singers at the piano are Richard Montgomery and Marilyn Crooker, and Carl Johengen. Doors open at 7:00 pm for desserts, wine tasting and Silent Auction.
Tickets at Hickeys Music, corner of Dey/Adams streets; Pastimes Antiques in Dewitt Mall in Ithaca; at www.Cayuga-vocal.org and at the door.
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.

September 20, 2014

From the Director

HOMEWORK FOR 9/24:  Tippett #4, Haydn #2 and #3

From the ICC&CS President
REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR THE ICC&CS SPRING SEMESTER! 
If you wish to join us and haven’t yet registered, it’s not too late. Registration will continue for one more week (this Wednesday will be the last opportunity).
We hope that no one will want to drop out—but if you decide that you do not wish to sing with us this semester, you may return your unmarked score to our librarian Clare Fewtrell by the end of the third rehearsal for a refund. Dues are refundable up until the fourth rehearsal by notifying me (mary@mroyer.com , 607-539-7681).
POSTER DESIGN NEEDED!
Help! We need a chorus member to design a poster to advertise our January concert. The poster will also serve as the cover for our concert program. Here’s a great opportunity to showcase your artistic talent! Please let me know if you’re interested in helping us with this! Thanks,
CALENDAR SALES! HOW MANY WILL YOU BUY OR SELL?
It’s never too early to start thinking about your list for gift-giving for the upcoming holiday season! What better idea to include on that list than a calendar of our beautiful New York Finger Lakes Waterfalls by local photographer Dewey Neild? These calendars make wonderful hostess and/or holiday gifts. When you purchase one from the Chorus, you have the added benefit of financially supporting our group. You buy or sell a calendar for $13 and the chorus gets to keep $8–what a great deal!
This year, we have to order calendars in advance, so we need some idea of how many we’ll be able to sell. Please give this some thought between now and Wednesday, and let Sheila Reakes know during break next week how many calendars you would like to buy or sell. She will have a display copy at the table in the back of the room and will have a sign-up sheet on which you can indicate how many you anticipate needing; this will help us order approximately the right number of calendars.
SCORES
We have ordered more scores for next week.

Voice lessons with Marion Giambattista

Our first voice lesson will be for the Soprano section this coming Wednesday September 24th.  The Altos will follow October 1st, then Tenors, Basses, repeat (you get the idea).  Marion will meet with students from 6:15 to 6:45 just ahead of our normal rehearsals.  We will collect $5 per student per lesson to help cover Marion’s time and costs.  Ed has kindly provided sign up sheets by section, but don’t worry if you have yet to sign up as walk-ins (from the right section of course) are welcome and encouraged.  If you have signed up but your plans change please be sure to email Brian because we want to make sure we have enough attending to warrant Marion’s time.

Please direct any questions to Brian Bauer (briantbauer@gmail.com).

Fall Rehearsal Schedule
September 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 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, October 18 – IGMC Fall Concert
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
Second Annual Feed My Starving Children Musical Variety Show
When: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, 7 pm
Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church 210 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca
Suggested Donation: $10/ individual, $20, family plus one non-perishable food item for the Tompkins County Food Distribution Network
Featuring the Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble; String Ensemble, Ithaca Talent Education; Bill Cowdery, piano and comedy; ephemera, Alice Ploss, director; Randie Blooding, vocalist; Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, Baruch Whitehead, director; Vitamin L, Janice Nigro, director; and much, much more . . .
Sunday, September 21st at 7:00 PM
Carriage House Hayloft, 305 Stewart Ave, Ithaca
Margaret Wakeley and Denice Karamardian In Cabaret: ‘Growing Up at the Movies’
Vocalists Margaret Wakeley and Denice Karamardian share their favorite movie memories in a single cabaret performance on Sunday, September 21st. ‘Growing Up At the Movies’, which also features Molly MacMillan, brings to life memorable musical moments from notable movies of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. “We had to narrow it down”, says Karamardian,“so we selected film songs that created the biggest impact on our childhood and teenage years. And though Margaret and I were not quite around in the 40s, those movies offered up the first songs that we heard as children from our mothers who sang them to us.” The mix of trios, duets, and solos will offer a nostalgic blast for any boomer as well as educational entertainment for younger generations. In addition to MacMillan on piano, the vocalists are also supported by Sue Terwilliger, guitar, and Doug Robinson, bass. Advanced tickets sales are available at the Carriage House Café or via the cast between September 1 and September 20 for $12, and at the door performance night for $15.
The Fifth Annual Little Apple Fall Follies – LAFF, a Family Friendly Event Benefiting Area Youth Performing Groups
WHEN: Saturday, September 27, 7:00pm
WHERE: Kulp Auditorium, Ithaca High School
WHY: To Benefit Local Youth Arts Programs
WHO: Featuring The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers; Running to Places; “Nate the Great,” Juggler Extraordinaire; James Warren, World-renown Magician; Circus Culture; Jazz; Rock; Broadway and the incomparable Ed Clute on piano.
TICKETS:  Just $12 and available at Pastimes Antiques in the Dewitt Mall, online at http://www.savageclubofithaca.com, from any Savage or Rotary Club member, and at the door the evening of the Show.
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.

September 12, 2014

 

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 9/17:  Tippett #3, Haydn #6 and #7
From the ICC&CS President
It was great to see everyone on Wednesday night! A special welcome to our new members!
Please see this fact sheet listing details of our rehearsal schedule, information about the Chamber Singers, and contact information for our president, treasurer, director, and attendance officer. Also, this information sheet describes attendance requirements, concert week rehearsals, and concert dress. Please remember not to wear perfumes or other scented products to rehearsals. We are packed in pretty tight, and some people are very bothered by these products.
Since our rehearsal time is extremely valuable and we want to make the best possible use of it, announcements made at the break will be restricted to those directly pertaining to ICC. If you have music-related events you would like to publicize, send “copy and paste” ready text by Thursday at 10:00 PM to Janine Willis (janineweber@mac.com), and she will include the announcement in the newsletter.
See you Wednesday,
Mary
Scores
We have ordered additional scores for next week.
 
Links to This Semester’s Repertoire on Web Site
Visit our web site to find links to videos of the pieces the Chorus and the Chamber Singers are rehearsing this semester:
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
September 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 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, October 18 – IGMC Fall Concert
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
Ithaca College 10th Annual High School Gospel Music Invitational
September 13, 2014
8:15 PM | Ford Hall
Directors: Baruch Whitehead & Janet Galván
Featuring Guest Clinician: Dr. Raymond Wise
Soloists:
Anastasia Talley, Krista McKenzie, and Derrick Fox
“Celebrating Scotland” – Cayuga Vocal Ensemble Encore Performance
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 7:30 pm
St. James’ Church
112 6th St., Watkins Glen, NY
A reprise of our exciting March 2014 concert, featuring music from and about Scotland by composers as well-known as Schumann and Haydn, and lesser-known (Hamish MacCunn, James MacMillan), along with folksong arrangements. With Carl Johengen, conductor. Hear Carl’s March 2014 pre-concert interview on WSKG..
Second Annual Feed My Starving Children Musical Variety Show
When: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, 7 pm
Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church 210 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca
Suggested Donation: $10/ individual, $20, family plus one non-perishable food item for the Tompkins County Food Distribution Network
Featuring the Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble; String Ensemble, Ithaca Talent Education; Bill Cowdery, piano and comedy; ephemera, Alice Ploss, director; Randie Blooding, vocalist; Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, Baruch Whitehead, director; Vitamin L, Janice Nigro, director; and much, much more . . .
The Fifth Annual Little Apple Fall Follies – LAFF, a Family Friendly Event Benefiting Area Youth Performing Groups
WHEN: Saturday, September 27, 7:00pm
WHERE: Kulp Auditorium, Ithaca High School
WHY: To Benefit Local Youth Arts Programs
WHO: Featuring The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers; Running to Places; “Nate the Great,” Juggler Extraordinaire; James Warren, World-renown Magician; Circus Culture; Jazz; Rock; Broadway and the incomparable Ed Clute on piano.
TICKETS:  Just $12 and available at Pastimes Antiques in the Dewitt Mall, online at http://www.savageclubofithaca.com, from any Savage or Rotary Club member, and at the door the evening of the Show.
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.

September 5, 2014

From the director
I am very excited about the repertoire for our January 17 concert.  We’ll be doing Haydn’s gorgeous setting of the Seven Last Words of Christ with solo quartet (Tamara Acosta, Ivy Walz, Gerald Grahame, David Neal) and orchestra.
This work has an interesting history.  In 1785 Haydn received a commission to compose a meditative instrumental piece of music for the Good Friday service in a Cádiz church.  He also made a beautiful arrangement for string quartet, Op. 51. While traveling to England in 1794, he happened to hear in the German town of Passau an oratorio by the choirmaster Joseph Frieberth based on his work.  He is supposed to have said, “The voice parts, I think, I could have made better.”  He asked Baron van Swieten (later his collaborator for the libretto of The Creation) to help him with the project.  In the process he enriched the orchestration and added an interlude for wind instruments only.  He thought very highly of the oratorio, and it was the last work he conducted in public before his death.  We will be singing it in a new translation by Gerald Wolfe.
Complementing Haydn will be Michael Tippett’s a cappella setting of five spirituals from A Child of Our Time, an oratorio written in 1941 in response to the holocaust.  The spirituals are:  ”Steal Away,” “Nobody Knows the Trouble I See,” “Go Down, Moses,” “By and By,” and “Deep River.”  The arrangements, featuring a soprano and tenor soloist (chorus members), are exciting and beautiful, and in the oratorio function like the chorales in Bach’s Passions.
After a rousing semester with Eric Whitacare’s Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine, the Chamber Singers will be doing another piece by Whitacre, When David Heard.  This work is not as difficult as Leonardo but is very beautiful and exquisitely poignant.  There will be an information session after the first chorus rehearsal and brief, painless, auditions after the second.
See you on September 10!
Gerald
From the President
Registration begins!
It’s time to register for the ICC&CS Fall semester! The first rehearsal will be Wednesday, September 10. 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/.
You may pay online by credit card or PayPal. Due are $50, and the two scores are $19 total for both. 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, September 7.
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 September 10 and submit it with a check. Rehearsals are held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church at 402 N. Aurora Street in Ithaca.
What We Will Be Singing
Here are some links to performances of the pieces we’re going to be rehearsing this semester. The music is really lovely.
The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour On the Cross (German: Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze)  by Joseph Haydn
Michael Tippett’s ’5 Negro Spirituals’  performed by Bath Spa University Choir at the Bath International Music Festival 2011
Scores
Clare Fewtrell, the ICC&CS librarian, has ordered 85 copies of Haydn’s Last Words of Christ and Tippett’s five spirituals. We will have scores at the first rehearsal for those who pay for them in advance online. Remaining scores will be given out on a first come, first served basis. If we run out, we’ll order more. Scores are $19 total for both.
I hope to see you on September 10! Please arrive at St. Paul’s at 6:15 to complete registration and pick up your score.
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. Members who have come to us from outside of the area often remark that they were surprised to find such a wonderful choral opportunity here in Ithaca. Our director, accompanist, rehearsal space, concert space, orchestral accompaniment, and soloists, however, come at a price. 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 fall 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.
Voice lessons with Marion Giambattista
We are thrilled to announce that Marion will be available to offer voice training during the Fall semester.  She will meet with students from 6:15 to 6:45 just ahead of our normal rehearsals beginning September 24th.  To keep the class size down and focused we plan to rotate by section weekly beginning with Sopranos September 24th, followed by Altos October 1st, Tenors October 8th, Basses October 15th, and so on.   We will collect $5 per student per lesson to help cover Marion’s time and costs.
Although many of us know Marion, those who do not might appreciate a bit of background:  When Marion Giambattista moved to the Cortland area she began voice lessons with Shirley Wilson, a much loved Cortland resident.  She continued studying voice with Leslie Bennett and at Ithaca College and then she earned a masters in vocal performance at Syracuse University where she studied with Helen Boatwright.  While teaching as an adjunct at Ithaca College and Cornell University, Marion gave regular voice and chamber music recitals.  She sang solo roles in oratorios with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and other area orchestras before moving to Cortland High School where taught vocal and choral music for ten years.  Presently she teaches in the SUNY Cortland Performing Arts department and Cornell University and continues to sing in several groups (including soloing for the Ithaca Community Chorus!).
Please direct any questions to Brian Bauer (briantbauer@gmail.com).
Fall Rehearsal Schedule
September 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 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, October 18 – IGMC Fall Concert
Saturday, January 10- VOICES Concert: World Music and Gospel
Saturday, January 17- ICC&CS 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.
Ithaca Community Chorus & Chamber Singers
P.O. Box 622
Ithaca, NY  14850

July 1, 2014

Link to:
Newsletter:
Ithaca Community Choruses Newsletter, June 2014
Come to our ICC Annual Picnic/meeting!
This Wednesday, June 18, 5:30 pm, bring family, food to share, beverage, your own place setting to the Small Pavilion at Stewart Park! Our annual meeting is required for our status as a 501.c.3 tax exempt non profit organization. We hold our official meeting from 6 to 6:05 and the rest of the time we talk, eat, and enjoy the company of singers from our own and the other choruses.
Do come! The Small Pavilion is near the children’s playgrounds, and you turn left as you enter the park. See you there, even if you arrive after the meeting!
Summer Sing has another huge number!
You can still register for Summer Sing, on Mondays from 7-9 in the cool downstairs dining room of St Paul’s Methodist Church. Katie Howell selects varied, lively songs and understands that we will be absent sometimes. More at the ICC web page; or contact Ed Olmstead, our registrar.
Our Annual Report 2013-2014
The Ithaca Community Choruses enriched both the Ithaca community and the lives of over 150 singers once again during 2013-2014. Following are reports from each chorus and project, demonstrating the range and variety of our organization. Each chorus is governed independently by a steering committee, with hours of volunteer labor and professional music leadership.  The board of the ICC, our non-profit, tax-exempt entity, reviews the progress of the choruses, organizes special projects, works on fundraising, and prepares and monitors the budget.
Most of the work of the choruses is done by volunteers, from setting up chairs for rehearsals to professional graphic design and bookkeeping services to maintaining registration, music libraries, web presence, and special events. The treasurers, secretaries, and presidents of each chorus, in addition to the board officers, support the annual activities. New members are always welcome, and there is no need to belong to the steering committee of your chorus. Board members for the 2013-2014 year were:
·         Lynda Bogel, ICC&CS delegate
·         Ken Brown, ICC Financial Officer and Voices treasurer
·         Cynthia Howell, incoming Summer Sing delegate
·         Noemi Kraut, Voices alternate delegate
·         Joyce Morgenroth, ICC&CS secretary and delegate
·         Jackie Magagnosc, ICC&CS treasurer and delegate
·         Jack Miller, ICC General Secretary & IGMC delegate
·         Susanne Morgan, ICC Chairperson & ICC&CS delegate
·         Sherrie Norman, outgoing Voices president and delegate
·         Steve Nunley, IGMC President & delegate
·         Mary Royer, ICC&CS President & delegate
·         Matthew Stedinger, Webmaster
·         Carol Whitlow, incoming Voices president and delegate
 
The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers (ICC&CS) is the original chorus of the three choruses that comprise the Ithaca Community Choruses. With many other arts and cultural organizations in Ithaca, the Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers grew from the hard work of eager volunteers and talented professionals. Now it includes many long-term members, as well as newer members, who are often students or their spouses or folks who are new to the area. In both cases, the chorus provides a ready set of music-loving friends to introduce the newcomers to the many wonderful musical offerings here in Ithaca and its surrounding towns The ICC is a non-audition chorus.  Chamber Singers, a smaller and auditioned group of singers within ICC, presents shorter pieces as part of the larger concerts.
For their fall concert, which was performed in memory of long-time member Maggie Goldsmith, director Gerald Wolfe selected Gioachino Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. The chorus performed the work as scored with the unique accompaniment of two pianos and harmonium (reed organ).  The mass recalls the composer’s beautiful lyrical operatic style, incorporating as well magnificent baroque style fugues whose dramatic endings harken back to opera overture style. At the April concert, ICC performed Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony.  The composer selected the text of the symphony from several poems in Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass to illustrate both the natural majesty and splendor of the sea itself and the sea as metaphoric setting for the soul of man’s voyage into eternity.
In the fall, Chamber Singers sang Two Motets, by Johannes Brahms, and in the spring, Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine.
VOICES Multicultural Chorus has a tradition of expressing their love of the rich heritage of world music through major concerts and musical community outreach; thus began their second decade with creativity and innovative musical work.  Baruch Whitehead began his eleventh season as Artistic Director, Lorrene Adams began her third year as Associate Director and Josh Condon continued as Piano Accompanist. It was a bittersweet year with him, as this was his fourth and last year since he graduated in May, 2014. VOICES singers have all loved his vitality and genius. Several new members joined the group to sing. Their nine-member Steering committee welcomed a few new members, meeting four or five times a semester to review budget, concerts, singing venues and other administrative issues. Susan Crowell designed beautiful posters for concerts and recruitment cards each semester.
VOICES ushered in the season of joy with a winter concert, “A Feast of Carols,”
In fulfillment of their mission to provide community outreach they offered two performances at First Unitarian Church, given in gratitude for the use of their annex for VOICES rehearsals. Outreach activities also included a Kendal concert and a fundraiser for Lansing High School chorus, in a joint concert with Lorrene Adams’ students.   VOICES sponsored Josh Condon’s senior project, “A Tale as Old as Time: A Disney Concert,” at Ithaca College on February 16, 2014. This was a very inspirational and exciting event for all ages.
VOICES’ spring concert, “A Mother’s Love,” featured an original oratorio, Moses from the Qur’an, written and composed by VOICES member Sora Jederan Shpack. As the first oratorio ever composed based on stories from the Qur’an, Moses from the Qur’an endeavors to raise understanding, present common themes, and foster greater love among Muslims, Jews, Christians, and other religions and cultures.
This year the Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus and director Thom Baker had their largest audience-to-date for their Fall 2013 concert!  The chorus made three appearances at Kendal: two performances and one very special appearance to sing at a wedding. Their second wedding appearance of the season was at the First Baptist Church. Porchfest in September and the Ithaca Festival on May 31 fleshed out their outside performances for the 2013-14 season.  The spring 2014 concert included yet another musical challenge: an Islamic Chant.  Their director, Thom Baker, completed his Masters in choral conducting and will be off to the U. of Illinois to pursue his doctorate.
The IGMC also sang at the memorial service for Maggie Goldsmith, a wonderful spirit, who was a volunteer for their concerts from their first performance five years ago.  We all miss her.  Maggie sang with both Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers, and regularly served VOICES as stage manager for concerts. She was a steadfast supporter of IGMC. The VOICES fall concert was dedicated to her.
Singers in all three Ithaca Community Choruses contributed to the Gibbons Scholarship, a vocal scholarship established in 2001 by the Ithaca Community Choruses to honor the choruses’ founding director, Paul Gibbons, and to provide a promising high school voice student with the means for musical training. This valuable scholarship is administered by the Community School of Music and Arts.
The 2013 Summer Sing, an informal eight-week chorus singing wonderfully varied short pieces, which is directed by Katie Howell, with returning piano accompanist Lisa Winans, had over seventy members, meeting at St. Paul’s Methodist church and performing a small end-of-season concert for family and friends.
The Community Sings workshop series presented a workshop led by Deborah Rifkin, Associate Professor, School of Music, Ithaca College, on Saturday, April 12. “Singing Games for Health, Harmony, and Happiness” was open to the entire community as a fundraiser for the Ithaca Community Choruses. The varied crowd enjoyed singing, learning about improvisation, and laughter.
Funding the Ithaca Community Choruses relies on volunteers, professionals, and donors, large and small. None of the choruses generates with dues enough funds to produce the concerts we all enjoy. Fundraising efforts include the sale of ads in the program shell into which is inserted the specific program for each concert. Ads are seen, then, by six very different audiences. Additional projects include calendar sales, workshops, Summer Sing, and ad hoc events organized by an individual or chorus.  In addition, the broad list of people who have expressed an interest in one or more of the choruses are solicited for donations annually, and individuals are encouraged to donate when paying their dues. Some donations are designated in memory of a member who has passed away. Finally, the Ithaca Community Choruses have been fortunate to receive grants from a number of local and national foundations and endowments.
A summary of the year-end finances suggest that, for a variety of reasons, the income of ICC was almost $4500 more than budgeted, providing an unexpected boost to all three choruses. Though ad sales were well under budget, and despite particular challenges in each chorus, all ended the year in the black. The choruses do have modest funds in savings, but all proceed with conservative budgets and active fundraising.
Gratefully,
Susanne Morgan, chair and Lynda Bogel, incoming chair, Ithaca Community Choruses
Ithaca Community Choruses, Inc. P.O. Box 622 Ithaca NY 14851

April 26, 2014

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!
Tickets
Please turn in your unsold tickets and money to Vivian Goldsmith before the end of tonight’s rehearsal.
Post Concert Party
Thanks to Annie Wall for offering to host the post concert party. Everyone is invited, including orchestra and soloists. The parties are always wonderful, so please do come and join the fun. We’ll pass out directions to Annie’s house tonight or at rehearsal on Saturday. Chorus members, please bring a beverage and/or snack to share. (The food at these things is always GREAT!)
Spring Rehearsal Schedule
Friday, April 25 (6:45 PM, chamber singers at 6PM)
Dates to Remember
Saturday, April 26, 2014: ICC&CS Spring Concert
Sunday, May 11, 2014: VOICES Spring Concert:  Singing “Moses from the Qur’an” by local composer Sora Jederan Shpack.
Community Events
NYS BAROQUE DUO:  Sunday, April 27, 4 PM, at Grace Episcopal Church, Church and Davis Sts., Elmira
The Music at Grace Series at Grace Episcopal Church will present Laura Heimes, soprano, and Deborah Fox, lutes, in “Love’s Unending Spell,” featuring English and Italian songs, and lute solos by Dowland, Purcell, Lawes, Strozzi, and others.  The performance 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.
Cornell Chamber Singers Concert
Friday, May 2, 8 pm.
First Unitarian Church of Ithaca (corner of Buffalo and Aurora Streets).
Free admission.
The Cornell Chamber singers, conducted by John Rowehl and including  ICC members Clare Fewtrell and Alan Giambattista, present a concert of Palestrina and Arvo Pärt. Featured works include Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli and Pärt’s Magnificat, Cantate Domino canticum novum, Da pacem Domine, and The Beatitudes.
Cornell Gamelan Ensemble Concert
Saturday, May 3, 3:00 PM
Barnes Hall Auditorium, Cornell Campus
Franziska Dellinger (soprano) would like to invite you all to the concert of traditional Indonesian music performed by the Cornell Gamelan Ensemble on May 3rd, 3 pm at Barnes Hall Auditorium. This time you can enjoy not only the sounds of this Indonesian orchestra itself, but also their two highly appraised guest singers, Peni Candra Rini from Java, Indonesia and Jessika Kenney, from Seattle, USA. Admission to the concert is free and it’s a family-friendly event. Please get in touch with Franziska if you have questions.
SCHOLA CANTORUM OF SYRACUSE:   AVE REGINA CAELORUM
Schola Cantorum of Syracuse, a twelve voice (including Gerald Wolfe) early music vocal ensemble directed by Barry Torres, will present varied Renaissance choral settings of this medieval Marian antiphon, including DuFay’s great last mass, Missa Ave Regina Caelorum,  on Saturday, May 3, 7:30 PM, at Grace Episcopal and Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 13 Court Street, Cortland.  For more information, call (607) 753-3073 during business hours or visit the web site: ScholaCantorumofSyracuse.org
Cayuga Vocal Ensemble presents Spring Writes: Poetry and Song

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 4:00pm
First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca
315 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY

Inspired by the success of our 2013 concert in conjunction with the “Spring Writes” Festival, we will revisit the theme of American choral music based on American poetry. This year’s installment will feature music by living composers whose settings include poets such as Sara Teasdale, Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe, e.e.cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and others. Joining the Ensemble will be poet and local radio host Tish Pearlman, who will read from her poetry. Local student poets from Ithaca High School will also read from their work. With Carl Johengen, conductor.
Newsletter Items?
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402 North Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

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