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Rehearsal of the Berlioz Requiem at Davies Symphony Hall, August 4, 2012

2017 Choral Festival – When Love Goes Wrong – Romantic Tragedies in Opera

  "When Love Goes Wrong" was probably the best received concert in the history of FLCF, and arguably one of the most exciting choral/vocal concerts to be performed locally in years.  We have heard from so many in attendance in such stunning superlatives, that posting them here would dilute their eloquence.  Suffice it to say that it all came together in a way few of us could have imagined.  "Stoked" is a word that come to mind.  We performed some of the most exciting and memorable music of Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, Saint Saens, Purcell, Grieg, Bizet, and even Wagner, featuring selections from Lucia di Lammermoor, Samson, Tosca, Aida, Il Trovatore, Otello, Carmen, Dido & Aeneas, Faust, and as a respite from the heart-wrenching drama of end-to-end love disasters, we added the glorious and redemptive final scenes of Turandot and Tannhauser.  Every selection was met with thunderous applause, standing ovations and shouts of bravo.  Many of our participants and audience members are still humming tunes weeks after the concert!


2016 Choral Festival – Verdi Requiem
Full house, extraordinary soloists, great orchestra, brilliant chorus, soaring performances, totally stoked audience, musicians and singers--many in tears.  Absolutely and unequivocally, this was our best concert ever! 
Words seem inadequate, so listen to the dramatic conclusion of our Saturday, July 23 performance.

Listen to the ending


2015 Choral Festival – Mozart Grand Mass in C Minor

We performed the sublime and mysterious Grand Mass in C Minor at Hochstein Performance Hall on July 19, at 4PM,  then members of the chorus flew to Hawaii to join forces with the Maui Chamber Orchestra and the Maui Masterworks Chorale for a repeat performance on August 2, at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.
Many have asked about our trip.  It was an incredible experience that none of us will soon forget. We had it all! Sun and surf, trips to Iao Valley, Maui Ocean Center, Lahaina, Haleakala's 10,000 ft. summit, the Road to Hana, snorkeling, a ukelele welcome at the airport, more leis that you can imagine, an incredible concert with incredible people before a gorgeous concert hall filled with a wildly enthusiastic audience, followed by an outdoor dinner with nearly 200 singers, musicians and our generous and welcoming hosts. You couldn't buy this experience for any amount of money. Just the luau on our last night would have been worth coming for.
To hear the reprise of the Cum Sancto chorus that was used to end our July 19 performance at Hochstein Performance Hall in Rochester, click on the following link.

Cum Sancto from 7/19 performance


2014 Choral Festival – Brilliant Bach

Our concert on Sunday, July 27, was a rousing success.  Hochstein Performance Hall was filled to near capacity with the largest audience seen for a choral concert in recent years, and the chorus, orchestra and soloists were spectacular!
We performed the magnificent Magnificat, joyous Cantata #191 (Gloria in Excelsis), Jauchzet frohlocket from the Christmas Oratorio, and the lofty final chorus from B Minor Mass (Dona nobis pacem) l -- and again were able to offer this concert free to the community, thanks to the generosity of our singers and donors.  The concert was sponsored in part by Wegmans.


2013 Choral Festival – Grieg Peer Gynt & Dvořák Stabat Mater - The consensus:  Our best concert yet! 

Edvard Grieg's 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.  Our adaptation of this musical fantasy had it all:  predation, betrayal, sex, humor, chicanery, love, redemption, and the warm glow of a sappy ending.

Also on the program was Antonin Dvorak's stunning setting of Stabat Mater, a mighty work with the power to transport the listener to the gates of Paradise. 

Listen to the thrilling last movement of the Stabat Mater from our 2013 performance

Stabat Mater last movement


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.

Listen to the blazing Dies Irae from our 2012 performance of the Berlioz Requiem in San Francisco.  As you do, look at the picture above to get a visual sense of of the full scope of the performance.

Dies Irae from 2012 SF performance


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

The 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  Registration Information. 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.