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Rochester Oratorio Society Re-creates Centennial Community Sing

Location: New York, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
Rochester, NY - April 27, 2012 - There will be plenty of community pride to celebrate in song in Rochester Sings! On Thursday, June 7, at the Hochstein Performance Hall at 7:30 P.M., the Rochester Oratorio Society (ROS) and some of its best musical friends mark the centennial of the Community Sings in Rochester, a musical tradition promoting positive values of respect, tolerance and civic pride.

“People are really connected to this tradition,” says ROS Artistic Director Eric Townell. “Them last Community Sing took place on June 7, 1912, and it’s this event we intend to restore.” Mayor Tom Richards will be on hand to commemorate the occasion.
“Loyal love of home and city is a proper sentiment, and song gives it expression,” declared the editors of the original Rochester Songbook, last printed in 1910. With titles like “The New Genesee,” “Sam Patch” and “I was born in Rochester,” the tunes in the Rochester Songbook evoke pride and affection for the natural splendor of the region and the achievements (or notoriety) of some of its inhabitants. “The Rochester Songbook is warmly remembered to this day by many long-time Rochesterians,” Townell comments.

Music by Rochester and New York composers will be featured in the program. The ROS will perform classics by Aaron Copland, Robert Nathaniel Dett, and by Stephen Foster,who resided in New York from 1860 until his death. With an eye toward the future of music in Rochester, the ROS has asked student composers from the School of the Arts to submit pieces for the program. The best piece will receive its premiere at Rochester Sings! Accompanying the production will be Gibbs & Main, the Rochester string chamber ensemble known for its energetic, edgy performances, engagement in the community and
educational outreach efforts. Diego Garcia, cellist and composer for the ensemble, has written a new work entitled “Lulu,” which will also receive its premiere at Rochester Sings!)

Along with the history comes a hearty dose of fun. The audience will have the chance to join in with several of the tunes, which are easy to learn and enjoyable to sing with many a laugh along the way. The Golden Eagle String Band starts the evening with a presentation on Erie Canal heritage and music.

Rochester Sings! presented by the Rochester Oratorio Society on Thursday, June 7, 2012, 7:30 P.M., at the Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 Plymouth Avenue North in Rochester, is open to the public by general admission. Tickets ($25, $10 student with I.D.) are available from the ROS web site: or by calling the office at (585)
Rochester Oratorio Society, Inc.
1050 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607  (585) 473-2234
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