2003-2004 concert season

2003-2004 season

Our 2003-2004 season begins and ends with stirring concerts of fine choral repertoire. The first, in October, is half secular and half sacred. English madrigals by Weelkes and Wilbye, Italian balletti by Marenzio, and modern song cycles by Hindemith and Lauridsen are followed by a “quodlibet” mass – assembled from movements from different masses. This presentation juxtaposes the glories of Renaissance polyphony with settings by modern composers like colored panes in a cathedral window.

Our spring concert, in May, explores repertoire for choir accompanied on the keyboard – both piano and organ. The program will include Brahms’s Nänie, Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and Festival Te Deum, and John Corigliano’s impressionistic setting of Dylan Thomas’s poem Fern Hill.

The middle of our season features two fine period music collaborations with the New York State Baroque Orchestra, both with performances in Ithaca and Syracuse. In December, the paired ensembles will present Handel’s last major oratorio, the dramatic Jephtha, based on a story from the Old Testament book of Judges. In April, audiences will be treated to Bach’s sweeping St. John Passion, one of the most intricate and profound treatments of the Easter story ever composed.

We are thrilled to be bringing you this year full of excellent music, and we hope that you will share all of these transcendent sounds with us!

Lawrence Doebler, Musical Director

Saturday, October 25, 2003, 8:00PM
First Unitarian Church, Ithaca, New York

Fall Concert: Madrigals, song cycles, and a quodlibet mass. With Larry Doebler, musical director.

Saturday, December 6th, 2003, 8:00PM
St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Ithaca, New York

Jeptha. A collaborative performance of G.F. Handel’s oratorio, with the NYS Baroque.

Sunday, December 7th, 2003, 4:00PM
Congregation Beth Sholom Chevra Shas, Syracuse, New York

Jeptha. A collaborative performance of G.F. Handel’s oratorio, with the NYS Baroque.

Saturday, April 3, 2004, 8:00PM
Church of the Savior, Syracuse, New York

St. John Passion by J.S. Bach, performed with the NYS Baroque.

Sunday, April 4th, 2004, 4:00PM
First Congregational Church, Ithaca, New York

St. John Passion by J.S. Bach, performed with the NYS Baroque.

Saturday, May 22th, 2004, 8:00PM
First Congregational Church, Ithaca, New York

Spring Concert. Works for choir and keyboard. With Larry Doebler, musical director.