Thursday, July 26, 2012

Finger Lakes Chorale to sing in Canandaigua, East Bloomfield

Dennis Maxfield of Canandaigua directs the tenors and basses as they rehearse “House of the Rising Sun.”

Front row, from left, Robin Stein of Pittsford, Alexandra Dietz of Pittsford, and Evelyn Fleming of Rushville rehearse for the Finger Lakes Chorale summer concerts.
 The Finger Lakes Chorale, a community chorus based at Finger Lakes Community College, will perform “A Little Bit of Country, A Little Bit of Rock,” featuring songs from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, on Aug. 4 and 5.

The Saturday, Aug. 4, concert will begin at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 183 N. Main St., Canandaigua. The Sunday, Aug. 5, concert will begin at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of East Bloomfield, 10 South Ave. The public is welcome to attend the free performances.

Under the direction of FLCC adjunct faculty member Dennis Maxfield, the Chorale will sing country and rock hits and signature songs, including Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” “Annie’s Song” by John Denver, Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary,” and “A Horse with No Name” by the band America.

Sarah Lootens '07
of Canandaigua

Among the 100 singers from 35 communities are two Finger Lakes Community College alumni, Sarah Lootens ’07 and Craig Follette ’84.

“I love being in the Chorale,” says Sarah Lootens of Canandaigua, who has sung with the group for five years. “I was in the Chorale when I was a student at FLCC. Since I graduated, I’ve sung summers. It’s a lot of fun and Dennis is a great director.”

Craig Follette '84 of Oaks Corners

Craig Follette of Oaks Corners first joined the Chorale in 1973, his first year at FLCC. The following year he went into the Army. A few years after his military service, Follette returned to FLCC and the Chorale.

“I was very comfortable right from the beginning with Dr. Walker and the Chorale,” Follette remembers. “After I graduated, I continued singing until Dr. Walker retired.”

Dr. A. John Walker, FLCC professor emeritus, led the Finger Lakes Chorale for almost 30 years.

“When Dennis started directing the Chorale, I came back,” says Follette. “My wife, Cathy, and I have sung with the Chorale for several years now.”

Jo Ann Lampman of Webster, right, has sung with the Finger Lakes Chorale during the summer since 1996. The rest of the year she sings with the Rochester Oratorio Society. “Singing with the Chorale is a nice change,” Lampman says. “After singing classical music with the ROS, it’s a lot of fun to sing country and rock songs.”

Donations will be accepted at the door for the Dr. A. John Walker Music Award given to FLCC music and music recording students.

For more information, contact Dennis Maxfield at (585) 396-0027 or


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