August 2009

The 2009-2010 season planning is nearing completion on the eve of our first rehearsal. Programming is complete for the season. Our Advent/Christmas program is built around the old traditional tune and words of 'O magnum mysterium'. The hymn is a favorite in many Christian holiday traditions and there are many extant settings by medieval and renaissance composers. We have chosen a motet setting of the text by William Byrd along with a motet and related mass setting by Tomas Luis de Victoria. Also included in the first half of the program are seasonal motets by Hassler and A. Scarlati.

The second half of our December program is centered around more modern settings inspired by and borrowing text from the renaissance masters. We will have settings of texts by William Walton, Zoltan Kodaly and Benjamin Brittain and even one by yours truly, Will Wickham. Our concert will also feature the traditional sing-along carols that our December audiences enjoy so much.
Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Elmira will be the venue for this all-a cappella program. We are looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, December 6, at 3:00 pm.