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Weekly Notes

April 12, 2015

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

April 4, 2015

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

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

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

March 28, 2015

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

March 23, 2015

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 3/25:  #7, 1, 2, 3
From the ICC&CS President
Repertoire Selection: How we do it
Each spring, work begins on selecting repertoire for our next concert season. First, Diana Nathanielsz solicits suggestions from the chorus at large. She adds each suggested work, the person who suggested it, and any accompanying comments to a spreadsheet on which this information has been captured for the last 6 years. The spreadsheet shows how often a particular piece has been suggested and by how many different individuals. During March, a repertoire committee is formed comprising Gerald, Alan, our section leaders, and some of the members of the chorus with training in music. The committee meets to discuss the suggestions on the spreadsheet and to suggest additional choral works. Gerald then develops a proposal for pieces to be performed for the following year, which he then presents to the Steering Committee for approval. The decision is based on such considerations as affordability, length, difficulty, ability to draw an audience, and time since the piece was last performed either by our chorus or another one locally.
Ithaca City School District Variety Show
Attention ICSD retirees and ICSD staff: The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) is hosting a Staff Variety Show on Sunday, April 26 from 3:30 – 5 pm at Kulp Auditorium to help FABG start a scholarship fund for music activities for ICSD students.  Teachers, administrators, retirees, and staff are all invited to perform with other teachers, individually, or with people of your choice. Maybe some of us could do a little Brahms? For more information, please contact Jennifer DeLapp Birkett at jdelapp88@gmail.com, or 240-425-7677 by March 25.

Spring Rehearsal Schedule
March 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 18th, 2015: IGMC Concert (8PM at First Baptist Church)
Saturday, April 25, 2015: ICC&CS Spring Concert
Sunday, May 10, 2015: VOICES Spring Concert (3:00 pm at First Baptist Church)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify Carol Skinner, who has generously volunteered to serve as our attendance officer this semester, (in advance when possible) of any absence. If possible, please email her at carolbskinner@yahoo.com, or you may call her at 607-387-3535. Members with more than three absences during the semester should check with Gerald about their eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events
Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus at Temple Beth-El, 402 N. Tioga St., Ithaca NY
SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015 – 3:00 PM
The concert will benefit the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, a leading organization of LGBTQ people and their allies in the heart of Israel’s capital.  It directs services for Jerusalem and the surrounding coomunities and works to secure equal rights for LGBTQ individuals in Israeli society at large.  the organization transcends politial, ethnic and religious boundaries striving to build a community united in the pursuit of tolerance and mutual support.
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 St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. 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.
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.
March 22, 2015- 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.
MUSIC AT GRACE RECITAL:  Sunday, March 22, 4 PM
Grace Episcopal Church, Church and Davis Sts., Elmira
Ithaca organist (and pediatrician) Jeffrey Snedeker will give a recital on the magnificent Grace Church organ.  The program will include works by Bruhns, Bach, Franck, Liszt, and Vierne.  The concert is free and open to the public.
GERALD WOLFE, Organ Recital
Wednesday, March 25, at 12:30 PM
Gerald Wolfe will give a recital on the new baroque organ in Cornell’s Anabel Taylor Chapel.  The free forty minute concert will include works by Bach, Buxtehude, and Böhm.
Women’s Nature, Women’s Works Concert 
Sunday March 29 at 4:00 at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca
Tickets: $10; $5 (students); family pass $22.
Women’s Works will present a concert that combines science, meditation, classical, contemporary, and 70s protest music. “Women’s Nature, Women’s Works” celebrates women and the environment with music by Joni Mitchell, Shulamit Ran, Amy Beach and others, a new choral work by Ithaca composer Kathleen Ballantyne, and winners of the Women’s Works 2015 Young Composer Competition.
Special guest Katy Payne, founder of The Elephant Listening Project and expert in animal communications, will share her research on humpback whales’ songs and direct the audience to discover how whales’ songs develop, diverge, and converge.
Performers are Women’s Works members and friends:Katie Ballantyne, Bill Cowdery, Sarah Cummings, Jennifer DeLapp-Birkett, Karen Dumont, Beth Kelly, and Kristen Park.
MetOpera Live in HD at the Regal Cinema
Check the theater for broadcast time, most are at 1 pm
on Saturdays. (The encore performance usually takes
place the following Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm.)
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo

March 16, 2015

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 3/18:  #4, 5, 6, 7
JANUARY CONCERT CDS READY!
See Joyce Morgenroth at rehearsal if you ordered one!
Spring Rehearsal Schedule
March 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 18th, 2015: IGMC Concert (8PM at First Baptist Church)
Saturday, April 25, 2015: ICC&CS Spring Concert
Sunday, May 10, 2015: VOICES Spring Concert (3:00 pm at First Baptist Church)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify Carol Skinner, who has generously volunteered to serve as our attendance officer this semester, (in advance when possible) of any absence. If possible, please email her at carolbskinner@yahoo.com, or you may call her at 607-387-3535. Members with more than three absences during the semester should check with Gerald about their eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events
Auditions for Gilbert & Sullivan’s Princess Ida
The Cornell Savoyards will be holding open auditions for principals and chorus for this summer’s production of Princess Ida– Gilbert & Sullivan’s burlesque on feminism, philanthropy, and higher education. This original adaptation is set in Upstate New York after the Civil War and investigates the social and political milieu of Cornell’s founding, reproduces the campus culture of such regional women’s colleges such as Vassar and Wells, and honors the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention.
Auditions are Sunday, March 15th from 6:30-9pm and Thursday, March 19th from 6:30-9pm. Please bring a song in English, accompanist provided. Please email Karen Dumont at kwd3@cornell.edu for an audition appointment.
Performances will be Tuesday and Wedneday June 23 & 24 at Cornell’s Schwartz Center, and Sunday June 28 in Montour Falls.
Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus at Temple Beth-El, 402 N. Tioga St., Ithaca NY
 SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015 – 3:00 PM
The concert will benefit the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, a leading organization of LGBTQ people and their allies in the heart of Israel’s capital.  It directs services for Jerusalem and the surrounding coomunities and works to secure equal rights for LGBTQ individuals in Israeli society at large.  the organization transcends politial, ethnic and religious boundaries striving to build a community united in the pursuit of tolerance and mutual support.
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 St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. 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.
Music’s Recreation Presents
Nocturnes: Music Inspired by the Night

RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 22!

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.
March 22, 2015- 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.)
March 14 ~ La Donna del Lago, Rossini
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo

March 9, 2015

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 3/11:  #1, 2, 3, 4
BRAHMS ORCHESTRA
Many generous souls have stepped forward to help fund a full orchestra.  We are close to our goal of $3,000 but not there yet.  If you would like to contribute, please contact Gerald at grwmusic@earthlink.net or call 272-7810.  Thank you.
From the ICC&CS President
Repertoire for Next Year
It’s time to start thinking about our repertoire for next year. There will be a box for suggestions at rehearsal on Wednesday, or you can send your suggestions to Diana Nathanielsz (dnathani@twcny.rr.com).
Reminder — Help with chairs.
Please arrive at around 6:30 pm on Wednesday to help with putting up chairs. Many thanks. ~ Diana
Spring Rehearsal Schedule
March 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 18th, 2015: IGMC Concert (8PM at First Baptist Church)
Saturday, April 25, 2015: ICC&CS Spring Concert
Sunday, May 10, 2015: VOICES Spring Concert (3:00 pm at First Baptist Church)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify Carol Skinner, who has generously volunteered to serve as our attendance officer this semester, (in advance when possible) of any absence. If possible, please email her at carolbskinner@yahoo.com, or you may call her at 607-387-3535. Members with more than three absences during the semester should check with Gerald about their eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events
The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble presents “Isn’t It Romantic?”
Sunday, March 8 at 4:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church (corner of N Cayuga/Court sts, Ithaca)
Featuring songs spanning four centuries on the subject of love. Featuring Johannes Brahms’ delightful Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52 as the centerpiece of the program. Joining CVE for the Brahms are duo-pianists Kerry Mizrahi and Susan Watkins.
Tickets: $15 preconcert & $18 at the door (adult); $5 (student); children 12 & under free
Available at: www.cayuga-vocal.org; Hickey’s Music (Dey/Adams sts) and Pastimes Antiques, Dewitt Mall, Ithaca, and at the door
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.
Music’s Recreation Presents
Nocturnes: Music Inspired by the Night

RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 22!

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.
March 22, 2015- 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.)
March 14 ~ La Donna del Lago, Rossini
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 3/4:  # 5 and #7
From the ICC&CS President
Gibbons Scholarship
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Gibbons Scholarship. We collected $600! According to Annie Wall our bookkeeper, this is the most we’ve collected since 2004, when we started keeping a record! Our contributions will be added to donations from members of IGMC and Voices, and the grand total will be made available to a promising high school voice student for private instruction in voice or for participation in the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) Ithaca Children’s Choir. Many, many thanks for your very generous contributions to this very worthwhile cause!
Shared Roster

Attached to this newsletter, please find attached 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. Thanks to our registrar Ed Olmstead for preparing the roster.

Repertoire for Next Year
It’s time to start thinking about our repertoire for next year. There will be a box for suggestions at rehearsal on Wednesday, or you can send your suggestions to Diana Nathanielsz (dnathani@twcny.rr.com).
Spring Rehearsal Schedule
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 18th, 2015: IGMC Concert (8PM at First Baptist Church)
Saturday, April 25, 2015: ICC&CS Spring Concert
Sunday, May 10, 2015: VOICES Spring Concert (3:00 pm at First Baptist Church)
Need to miss a rehearsal?
Please notify Carol Skinner, who has generously volunteered to serve as our attendance officer this semester, (in advance when possible) of any absence. If possible, please email her at carolbskinner@yahoo.com, or you may call her at 607-387-3535. Members with more than three absences during the semester should check with Gerald about their eligibility to sing in the concert.
Community Events
Grief Song: Building a Vocal Community in the Face of Loss
Sat, Feb. 28, 10:00 am4:00 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.
The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble presents “Isn’t It Romantic?”
Sunday, March 8 at 4:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church (corner of N Cayuga/Court sts, Ithaca)
Featuring songs spanning four centuries on the subject of love. Featuring Johannes Brahms’ delightful Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52 as the centerpiece of the program. Joining CVE for the Brahms are duo-pianists Kerry Mizrahi and Susan Watkins.
Tickets: $15 preconcert & $18 at the door (adult); $5 (student); children 12 & under free
Available at: www.cayuga-vocal.org; Hickey’s Music (Dey/Adams sts) and Pastimes Antiques, Dewitt Mall, Ithaca, and at the door
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.

 

Music’s Recreation Presents
Nocturnes: Music Inspired by the Night

RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 22!

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.
March 22, 2015
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.)
March 14 ~ La Donna del Lago, Rossini
April 25 ~ Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Mascagni/Leoncavallo

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 Seriesfree 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

February 14, 2015

From the Director
HOMEWORK FOR 2/18:  #3
From the ICC&CS President
Rehearsal at Kendal on February 18!
Don’t forget that rehearsal will be held at Kendal (2230 North Triphammer Rd, Ithaca) this Wednesday. Go here for a map
You can type in your address in the box at the top left of the page, and the site will give you driving directions to Kendal.
Once you get to the entrance to Kendal, drive in and turn left. Look for a parking lot on the right and find a spot there. If you can’t find a spot, you can park on the drive–you’ll probably see other people doing the same thing. Come in through the covered drive-through and go into the lobby past the front desk. Hang your coat in the coat room to the left. Continue on a bit and then turn left into the auditorium. Or just ask at the front desk where the auditorium is.
I believe that we are not permitted to have refreshments at Kendal, so please make sure to eat something before you come to rehearsal. There is a drinking fountain right out side of the auditorium.
The parking lot by the entrance to Kendal is small, so consider carpooling. See you there!
Gibbons Scholarship
 
The Gibbons Scholarship was 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 Scholarship Fund is available to high school students for private instruction in voice or for participation in the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) Ithaca Children’s Choir. We will be collecting donations for the scholarship again at rehearsals on February 18 and 25. Please look for the donation jar on the sign-in table and chip in if you can.
BUTTON FOUND at the end of rehearsal in the alto section. It’s a beautiful and almost unique metallic button. The button will be at our next rehearsal next to the sign-in sheets.
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!)
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 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 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 carolskinner@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
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.
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.
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

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.

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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