The Brockport Symphony Orchestra will present their “Erie Canal Bicentennial Concert” on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:30pm in the Eisenhart Auditorium at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue. This concert, held in conjunction with the World Canals Conference, will celebrate the opening of the museum’s new canal exhibit sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Admission and parking are free, and donations to the orchestra will be gratefully accepted at the door.
Under the baton of music director Jonathan Allentoff, this concert will showcase the talents of narrator Bill Andrews, Deputy Mayor of Brockport, nationally-acclaimed vocalist Mary Wojciechowski, and the Smithsonian Gold Medal Artists of the Golden Eagle String Band.
The program features the world premiere of Allentoff’s “Erie Canal Portrait” for Narrator & Orchestra composed in honor of the Erie Canal Bicentennial, and a new setting of “Songs of the Erie Canal” for Narrator, String Band & Orchestra by Allentoff and William Hullfish. Hullfish has also restored and arranged three works that were performed at the opening ceremonies of the Erie Canal, including “Dewitt Clinton’s Grand Canal March”, “The Grand Canal Waltz”, and “Meeting of the Waters.”
Highlighting the canal’s influence on Hollywood and Broadway, Wojciechowski will perform three concert selections from the 1953 Erie Canal themed movie musical entitled, “The Farmer Takes a Wife” by Harold Arlen and Dorothy Fields, as well as George M. Cohan’s “Down by the Erie Canal.”
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts at the Livingston Arts Center, a member supported organization.
For additional information, visit www.brockportsymphony.org.
Celebrate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage and the 150th anniversary of an American icon, composer Amy Beach, including Congresswoman Louise Slaughter with opening remarks, with Rochester Oratorio Society’s performance on October 20, 2017 at 7:30PM at Hochstein Performance Hall.
Amy Beach, whose Grand Mass in E-flat set a new standard for American music at the turn of the 19th Century. The Rochester Oratorio Society, under the direction of Artistic Director Eric Townell, revives it in full splendor, with world-class soloists and orchestra, in collaboration with the Humanities Center of the University of Rochester. Special guests include; Concentus Women’s Choir, Gwendolyn Gassler, director; The Young Women’s College Prep Charter School Choir, directed by Chelsea Mang; The ROS Orchestra, led by Concertmaster David Hult; and supremely talented soloists including returning ladies Elena O’Connor and Katie Hannigan.
Established in 2015, the University of Rochester Humanities Center is committed to scholarly exchange and collaboration across the humanities and humanistic social sciences. “We are interested in fostering insight into the human experience for faculty, students, and general audiences,” says Joan Shelley Rubin, the Dexter Perkins Professor in History and the Center’s Interim Director. “We are delighted that the ROS concert gives us the opportunity to engage in our first programming for the public.” Information about UR’s Humanities Center may be found at www.rochester.edu/College/humanities/
The Rochester Oratorio Society, the region’s premier large mixed chorus for adults, presents 4-6 performances annually, sings with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and hosts the international vocal competition, CLASSICAL IDOL, each spring. ROS is set apart from other area groups as members are all auditioned adult community members from the nine-county region. Many acclaimed and world-renowned singers are the product of ROS, getting their start with the group and their education here in Rochester. Many alumni have gone on to perform in Europe and at professional operas throughout the country. Their professional engagements at ROS, along with the rich cultural life and family life of Rochester, keeps talent coming back to the group, including this concert’s distinguished soloists.
Information on the ROS and its productions may be found at http://ROSsings.org or by calling the office at (585) 473-2234. This is the 72nd season of ROS and its rich history in the Rochester Community.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts at the Livingston Arts Center, a member supported organization. Sponsored by a Humanities New York Vision/Action Grant.
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October 19: 10am
October 20: 8pm
October 21: 8pm
October 22: 4pm