If you’ve been keeping an eye on the Capital District Choral Community Calendar, you know that this weekend will be a veritable feast of wonderful choral music!
First up, on Saturday at 7:30pm at First Reformed Church in Schenectady, are the Octavo Singers and their presentation of “Two Magnificent Magnificats” featuring Magnificats set by J.S. Bach and John Rutter. This concert, led by Curtis Funk, features a chamber orchestra and soloists Tess McCarthy, soprano; Ann Marie Adamick, mezzo-soprano; Joshua Bouillon, tenor; and John Demler, bass.
Q: Bach and Rutter – those aren’t names you often see on the same program!
A: I love the fact that this concert presents the same text in two completely different ways: Bach’s early 18th century composition and John Rutter’s work from over 200 years later. While they are very different musically, they are both extremely inspiring works. And it’s always wonderful to work with Curtis Funk and the Octavo Singers
Q: Which is more challenging to you, musically?
A: both pieces present their own challenges; Bach’s long melismatic passages vs. Rutter’s high, soaring lines. I have been very fortunate to be working with Anne Turner in preparing for this performance.
Two Magnificent Magnificats
Where: First Reformed Church, 8 North Church St., Schenectady NY
When: Saturday, November 22, 2014 7:30pm
Tickets: $25 General Admission, $20 Seniors, $15 Student (with ID)
Watch out for: Schenectady Christmas parade traffic! Best to approach from the north.
Next, on Sunday at 3pm at Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church is the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society, and their presentation of “Salieri and Mozart: Of Myths and Men“. Those who have seen the movie “Amadeus” remember the delicious tension between Salieri and Mozart. Were they rivals…and friends? Under the direction of Susan Hermance Fedak, BHOS will sing Antonio Salieri’s Requiem and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore accompanied by chamber orchestra and a stunning array of soloists including Christina Pickreign, soprano; Kara Cornell, alto; Timothy Reno, tenor; and Richard Mazzaferro, bass. This will be a dazzling concert for sure! Don’t miss it!
Salieri and Mozart: Of Myths and Men
Where: Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, 175 Fifth Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY
When: Sunday, November 23, 2014 3pm
For more information: call 518-416-4060 or www.bhos.us