Choral music for the holiday season will be presented in concert by the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Community Chorus, starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 in St. John’s Chapel.
Brian Russell will conduct the group in singing Antonio Vivaldi’s “Magnificat and Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Christmas Oratorio. Russell is a doctoral student in conducting at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, where he received his master’s degree in 2004.
Soloists will include Annalise VanHouten ’09 and community members Susan Belding, Caris Burton, Matthew Craig, Murray Heaton, Ashley Love, Tom McClure, Marjorie McIntosh, Joanna Roelofs, Wendell Roelofs, Sandra Waelz and Chris Wertman.
“These pieces are two gems of a wealth of choral literature for the holiday season,” says Russell, the new director of the Colleges Community Chorus. “The ‘Magnificat’ is a musical setting of Mary’s canticle as she finds out she will bear a son. The second work tells the entire story, from the shepherds through the birth, ending with a rousing chorale of praise.
The Colleges Community Chorus is one of the most long-standing examples of the Geneva Partnership President Mark D. Gearan recently announced. Members of the community have been singing with the group for decades.
Parking for the concert is available in the Medbery lot, behind the chapel off Pulteney Street; and along South Main Street. Admission is free and the public is invited.