Thursday, April 19, 2012

Finger Lakes Chorale and Camerata to perform spring concerts

Finger Lakes Chorale with Dennis Maxfield directing
Two community choral groups based at Finger Lakes Community College, the Finger Lakes Chorale and the Finger Lakes Camerata, have scheduled spring concerts in late April and early May.

All concerts are free; however, donations will be accepted for the Dr. A. John Walker Music Award for FLCC music and music recording students.

For more information, contact Dennis Maxfield, director of the choral groups, at (585) 396-0027 or maxfiedc@flcc.edu.

Finger Lakes Chorale

The Finger Lakes Chorale will perform works by two early 20th century classical British composers: Sir Edward Elgar’s “From the Bavarian Highlands” and Gustav Holst’s “King Estmere.”

Concerts will be held at St John’s Episcopal Church, 183 N. Main St. in Canandaigua on Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m.

Director Dennis Maxfield, an FLCC music adjunct faculty member, said the chorus performed the music by Elgar several years ago.

“Some of the people in the group, including myself, thought it would be fun to sing it again,” he said. “As for Holst, I was looking for a work to complement the Elgar piece, something from about the same time period. I had never heard ‘King Estmere’ until I was searching online. I fell in love with it.”

Maxfield adds that “King Estmere” is a new experience for the Chorale. “In contrast to the Elgar, which is in five movements, the Holst is like nothing the group has ever done before,” he said. “It is very romantic sounding, like a cross between Brahms and Wagner. Also it is all in one movement. Once it starts, it doesn't stop until it's finished.”

A 30-piece orchestra comprised of area musicians will accompany the 60 Chorale singers who are from four surrounding counties.

Finger Lakes Camerata

The 23-member Finger Lakes Camerata will perform “Slices of Americana II,” Saturday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at St John’s Episcopal Church, 183 N. Main St. in Canandaigua and Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. at St. Francis Church, 12 Church St. in Phelps.

Director Dennis Maxfield, an FLCC music adjunct faculty member, said the concert will feature works by 18th, 19th and 20th century American composers.

Among the selections are “Modern Musik” by 18th century composer William Billings; “The Vacant Chair,” composed by George Root during the American Civil War; and 20th century favorites “At the River” by Aaron Copland and the music of George M. Cohan.

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