Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ensemble and holiday concerts start Dec. 6

Dennis Maxfield
Singers and musicians based at Finger Lakes Community College will give seven performances, a mix of holiday, jazz and ensemble concerts, in December.

All concerts are free and open to the public.

Join the FLCC jazz ensembles for music that runs from traditional jazz to modern funk on Monday, Dec. 6, and Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. Three different jazz groups will play each evening in room B355 on the third floor at Finger Lakes Community College, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive. The ensembles are led by faculty members Geoffrey Smith, David McGuire, Robert Barbuto, Craig Snyder and Paul McArdle.

A Winter Concert featuring several musical groups will be held on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m., also in Room B355. The evening will feature a guitar ensemble directed by Mark Arnold and a percussion ensemble under the leadership of Jillian Pritchard. Maria Gillard will conduct the vocal jazz ensemble, and Dennis Maxfield will direct the College Singers.

“Signs of the Holidays" will be shared by the Camerata, a vocal group comprised of 24 semi-professional singers from Canandaigua and neighboring communities, including Bloomfield, Clifton Springs, Geneva, Manchester, Shortsville and Waterloo. The program will include secular and sacred music of the season. Dennis Maxfield directs the Camerata with Anthony D’Agostino accompanying on the keyboard.

The Camerata concerts will be held Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Farmington Friends Church, 187 County Road 8, Farmington, and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 15 Clark Street, Auburn.

“Gloria In Excelsis Deo” is the theme of a concert featuring the Finger Lakes Chorale, made up of almost 100 members from a tri-county area. Joining the Chorale will be the Camerata and FLCC College Singers. The music will include "White Christmas," the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's "Messiah" and "Gloria In Excelsis Deo" by Mack Wilberg. The Crosswinds Bell Choir will accompany. The Chorale, Camerata and FLCC College Singers are directed by Dennis Maxfield.

“Gloria In Excelsis Deo” will be performed Saturday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 183 N. Main St., Canandaigua, and Sunday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m. also at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

For information, call (585) 785-1905.

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