Oswego Festival Chorus Concert Planned

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Festival Chorus, conducted by SUNY Oswego assistant professor Dr. Mihoko Tsutsumi, will present its spring concert on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 103 W. Seventh St.

Admission is by donation.

The chorus will be performing Felix Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42, featuring soprano soloist Nancy James, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rejoice O’ Virgin, Ola Gjeilo’s The Ground and Moses Hogan’s Ride On, King Jesus.

Psalm 42 was composed in 1837 for soloists, mixed choir, and orchestra.  It is derived from Martin Luther’s German translation from the Book of Psalms and set to music by the German composer.

Rachmaninoff’s Rejoice O’ Virgin, also called Bogoroditse Devo in Russian, was written in 1915 by the Russian composer.  It is part of the “settings” from the Russian Orthodox vespers service.

The Ground, which was composed in 2008, is based on a chorale from the last movement of Norwegian composer Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass for choir and string orchestra.

Hogan’s Ride On, King Jesus is a contemporary, upbeat, traditional African American spiritual work. Hogan is an American composer who was born in 1957 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The concert will also include Jon Hendricks’s Everybody’s Boppin’ sung by student members of the chorus and Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise sung by student, soprano soloist Morgan Rae Noone.

The Oswego Festival Chorus is a non-auditioned SATB ensemble comprised of singers from both the SUNY Oswego community and the greater Oswego area.

It has been presenting major chorale works each semester for decades to the local community.

The chorus rehearses at SUNY Oswego on Monday evenings during the college’s semester schedule.

New members are always welcome.

For more information, contact Dr. Tsutsumi at 312-2968.