|Finger Lakes Choral Festival Performance at Chautauqua Institution
2013 Choral Festival – Grieg Peer Gynt and Dvořák
brilliant Peer Gynt Suites are known to virtually everyone, but many do not know that they are
taken from the seldom performed Incidental Music to Henrik Ibsen's dramatic poem Peer Gynt.
This is a musical fantasy that has it all: predation, betrayal, sex, humor, chicanery,
love, redemption, and the warm glow of a sappy ending.
Also on the program is Antonin Dvorak's stunning setting of Stabat Mater, a work so powerful that there will be few dry eyes in the audience, but far from being depressing, the
gripping conclusion of this mighty work will make you feel like you have visited the gates of Paradise.
2012 Choral Festival
– The Berlioz Requiem - Hailed as the "MEGA-CONCERT OF THE YEAR"In a unique partnership of over 300 singers and musicians from New York and San Francisco, the combined Finger Lakes
Choral Festival, Redwood Symphony and augmented San Francisco Lyric Chorus presented
a spectacular program, featuring
the Berlioz Requiem, on August 5, at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, the home of the San Francisco Symphony. The concert
was hailed by San Francisco Classical Voice as the "Mega-Concert of the Year. Or Years!" And further
added that the program "Exceeded all expectations."
Many singers and musicians reported that this performance
was the musical highlight of their lives, and even more are clamoring for another combined performance again, possibly next
time around at Carnegie Hall. Stay tuned!
|Rehearsal of the Berlioz Requiem at Davies Symphony Hall, August 4, 2012
Listen to the blazing conclusion
of the Dies Irae from the Berlioz Requiem
Dies Irae concusion
The Choral Festival makes
the New York Times. Click the following link to read the article and hear the NY Times Online performance of Mozart's
Ave Verum from our 2006 Choral Festival.
New York Times Online article
The Mission of the Finger Lakes Choral Festival
Finger Lakes Choral Festival, now in its tenth season, brings together singers each summer from more
than 50 Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes area communities, as well as visitors from other states and countries. The Choral
Festival has performed before over 30,000 concert-goers, with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at
the 5000 seat CMAC Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra at Chautauqua Institution's
Historic Amphitheater, with Redwood Symphony at Louise M. Davies Hall in San Francisco, and at Hochstein
Performance Hall in Rochester.
All singers with prior choral experience are invited to participate. For information
on how to join the chorus, visit the Registration Information link below. To be added to our mailing list, please send your
name and address--and also your voice part if you are interested in singing in future concerts.