SUNY Cortland Choral Union

8pm Tuesday May 6, 2008
Dowd Fine Arts Building, SUNY
Cortland, NY


Choral Union Concert

On Tuesday evening, May 6, the Choral Union, under the direction of Stephen B. Wilson, will present a concert of music by the British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams in the Dowd Fine Arts theater at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

The program consists of three major works: the "Serenade To Music," The Mass in g-minor for double chorus and solo quartet, and the "Five Mystical Songs" for baritone and chorus.

The Serenade is a setting of a text from Act V of Shakespeare’s "The Merchant of Venice." Originally conceived for orchestra and sixteen soloists, this performance will feature soloists Marion Giambattista, Mary Frankel, Bonnie Hutchinson, Charlotte Wallace, James Ulrich, Charles Feiszli, Dominic Fantacone, and Ahilya Willis.

The Mass in g-minor will be performed by a double chorus, with each group spatially separated. The solo quartet, consisting of soprano Barbara Jo Williams, alto Judie Murphy, tenor William Sieling, and bass Emmanuel Sikora, will be placed at the center of the stage as a "sonic buffer" between the two choruses.

The final selection will be the "Five Mystical Songs," featuring baritone Steve Jones. This profound work is a setting of five poems by the British mystical poet George Herbert.

Alan Giambattista will provide the keyboard accompaniment. For further information, contact Dr. Wilson at 607-753-4615.