MOZART, BEETHOVEN AND FRIENDS OPEN ORATORIO SOCIETY SEASON
Date: September 12, 2013
Location: New York, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
The Rochester Oratorio Society and the Houghton College Choir join forces in a program of masterworks by Mozart and Beethoven on Sunday, October 6th, 7:00 P.M., at the Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 North Plymouth Avenue in Rochester, NY. Mozart's great Requiem Mass in D Minor, one of the best-known choral masterpieces, is the main work on the program, the first of the Oratorio Society's 68th year of concerts. Also featured is Beethoven's Choral Fantasia for Piano, which shares the familiar “Ode to Joy”theme from his Ninth Symphony. Dr. Kevin Nitsch, faculty artist at Nazareth College and Music Director at Rochester's Baptist Temple, is the piano soloist in the Beethoven. ROS Artistic Director Eric Townell conducts the ROS Orchestra and faculty vocal soloists from Houghton College.
Joining the ROS for the performance will be the Houghton College Choir, a 100-voice ensemble led by Dr. Brandon Johnson, Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Choral Conducting and Voice at Houghton's Greatbatch School of Music. The Choir is preparing for its debut in Carnegie Hall in March, 2014, in this same repertoire. The concert marks the local premiere performance of “Cantate Domino,” by David Horace Davies, Assistant Professor of Composition Studies at Houghton, which was commissioned for the occasion. Davies’s music has been performed across the United States and in Puerto Rico and in the Great Hall at Cooper Union in NYC.
The Houghton College Choir was well received during its last performances with the Oratorio Society in October, 2011. “We are delighted to have our distinguished guests and friends with us again,” Townell says. “This concert will be memorable for all who experience it.” General admission tickets are available by advance purchase ($20) through the ROS Office, (585) 473-2234, via its web site, http://rossings.org/tickets/tickets-ros.htm , and at the door ($25).