Battenkill Choral to Open its 19th Season of Performances
The Battenkill Chorale opens its 19th season with ‘Northern Lights,’ a program of evocative spiritual music from Norway, Latvia and Russia, on Sunday, January 19, at 3 p.m., at Zankel Music Center’s Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 518-692-7458 or emailing [email protected] There is also a free open dress rehearsal Saturday, January 18, at 2 p.m., at Zankel Music Center.
Featured works include Ola Gjeilo’s haunting ‘Northern Lights’ and his majestic ‘Sunrise Mass’ for chorus and string orchestra, as well as Eriks Esenvalds’ stunning ‘Northern Lights’ for chorus, tuned water glasses and hand bells. Russian liturgical music by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Chesnokov complete the program. Soloists in the Russian liturgical music are soprano Carol Poppe and baritone Nicholas Lasoff. Tenor soloist in the Esenvalds is Paul Lambert.
The Battenkill Chorale, founded by Artistic Director Janet McGhee in 1995, is a 110-voice unauditioned chorus from New York and Vermont with a wide and varied repertoir of choral music. The Battenkill Chorale has open enrollment, with auditions for vocal placement and solos only. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. at Hubbard Hall, 25 East Main Street, Cambridge, N.Y. There is a $25 membership fee per concert program, plus the cost of music.