Oneida Area Civic Chorale to present holiday concert

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CANASTOTA — The Oneida Area Civic Chorale will present the opening concert of their 2021-2022 season, “Rejoice”, a collection of music celebrating the Christmas Season, on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m. at St. Agatha’s Church.

The Chorale, an 80 voice community chorus under the direction of Mark Bunce, will be accompanied by piano, organ and a brass quartet. This is the first formal concert since the 2020 “intermission” due to Covid-19. The program will consist of 11 songs including well known ones like “O Holy Night”, “Still, Still Still” and “Christmas Gloria”, which is a compilation by Lloyd Larsen of “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing”, “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, and “Angels We Have Heard on High”.

It will also include lesser known melodies such as “Every Valley” and “Winter Comes,” both by John Ness Beck, as well as 2 arrangements by John Rutter, “Angels Carol” and “I Wish You Christmas” and Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata,” which will be sung in Latin. Another special number will be an arrangement by Craig Hella Johnson combining “Lo, How A Rose” with “The Rose.”

The audience will be asked to sing-along with the chorale on “Angels From The Realms of Glory” and “Joy To The World”. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Heather O’Connell on piano and organ and a brass quartet consisting of Chuck Penfield and Henryk Lotyczewski on trumpet and Mark Case and Martin Hollister on trombone, who will offer instrumental versions of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “What Child Is This.”

The concert will be recorded and CD’s will be available for sale from Chorale members at a later date. Future concerts are scheduled for March 13, 2022 called Great Is The Faithfulness and May 22, 2022 titled Let Music Live.

Tickets for the concert are $10 and are available from Chorale members. Masks will be required by all audience members and attendees ages 12 and over will be required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test. Please refer to the OACC website (www.Oneidachorale.org) or Facebook page for additional information.

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