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Community Chorus Performs Dramatic Mass

Colleges Community Chorus to perform spring concert

(April 11, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.—The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Community Chorus will present Joseph Haydn's “Nelson Mass” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at the Presbyterian Church in Geneva, at 24 Park Place. The chorus, conducted by Mark Bartel, will be joined by a guest orchestra, soprano Holly Bewlay, mezzo soprano Marina Voronina, tenor Pablo Bustos and bass Robert Cowles. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Haydn himself dubbed this work “Mass in Time of Affliction,” reflecting the spirit of Europe during Napoleonic Wars. Widely considered to be the composer's most dramatic Mass setting, the concert will also include lighter fare including several favorites from the English madrigal and folksong traditions.

The 50-voice Colleges Community Chorus performs works from a wide range of eras and styles. The group is comprised of students, faculty and staff at Hobart and William Smith and members of the surrounding community.

Bartel is a baritone who has been a member of several top Canadian chamber choirs. He has been on the faculty of Canadian Mennonite University and has conducted choirs at the University of Western Ontario. The recipient of several Canada Council for the Arts awards in conducting, Bartel holds master's degrees in music and sacred music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Cowles is an associate professor of music at the Colleges, and is the chair of the HWS music department.