2014-15 Season (our 51st!) at a glance
December 6 & 7, 2014, performances in Horseheads and Watkins Glen: Christmas in Story and Song featuring Hugo Distler's The Christmas Story, Daniel Pinkham's Nativity Madrigals with music by Dan Forrest, Hector Villa-Lobos and our traditional Christmas Carol Sing-along. Be on the lookout for a few surprises from PDQ Bach and Mozart!
March 8, 2015 we will be collaborating with the music department at Corning Community College in an all original program of music, dance, poetry, photography and art based on the theme of water.
May 16-17, 2015 the program, A Choral Celebration of Life features the new and gorgeous Requiem for the Living" by Breesport native and noted composer Dan Forrest. Also on the program will be music by James Whitbourne, Morten Lauridsen, and some new releases by Karl Jenkins.
Concerts are free, open to the public and handicapped accessible.
Our 50th year is now history as we begin chipping away at the next half-century!
50th anniversary Images provided by R.S. Perry and others.
The Cantata Singers wish to express our thanks and appreciation to you and all who made our 50th Golden Anniversary Year such a success! Below are images from our most recent performance of Bach's Mass in B Minor on June 1st.
Click here to download a full size Festival Bach, Golden Anniversary Edition poster!
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50th Anniversary Commemorative booklet available to order here $5 suggested donation
Cantata Singers Up to the Minute
The Cantata Singers 2013-2014 Anniversary Season Celebrating Five Decades of Choral Music in the Southern Tier
Our 50th anniversary performance season began with an amazing start with "The Festival of the Inn" featuring La Fiesta de la Posada by Dave Brubeck. With help from the Dan Paul trio and the Youth and Children's choirs of the Church of St. Mary Our Mother, the church was rockin'! A large and very appreciative audience braved our first big snow of the winter to help us launch our anniversary season.
The season continued on Saturday, March 1, at 7:30 pm with a wonderful performance before a large and very appreciative audience! The highlights of the Cantata Singers Celebration: Fifty Years of Concerts and Commissions concert were most certainly the first and most recent new music commissions. Warren Benson's Score of Praises received excellent reviews from singers and audience members alike and Will Wickham and Martha Horton's collaboration on Each Song is a Journey, dedicated to former singer Lou Sand, was a huge hit! A standing ovation brought the singers back for an encore of Franz Biebl's Ave Maria which is becoming a standard feature in the Cantata Singers repertoire!
Our season concluded wonderfully on Sunday, June 1st with a performance of the incomparable Mass in B minor by JS Bach accompanied by full orchestra. A large and very appreciative audience was moved to a standing ovation even as the final echoes of the Dona nobis pacem were fading. A truly excellent experience for all involved. What a great way to celebrate a 50th anniversary!