Celebrate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage and the 150th anniversary of an American icon, composer Amy Beach, including Congresswoman Louise Slaughter with opening remarks, with Rochester Oratorio Society’s performance on October 20, 2017 at 7:30PM at Hochstein Performance Hall.
Amy Beach, whose Grand Mass in E-flat set a new standard for American music at the turn of the 19th Century. The Rochester Oratorio Society, under the direction of Artistic Director Eric Townell, revives it in full splendor, with world-class soloists and orchestra, in collaboration with the Humanities Center of the University of Rochester. Special guests include; Concentus Women’s Choir, Gwendolyn Gassler, director; The Young Women’s College Prep Charter School Choir, directed by Chelsea Mang; The ROS Orchestra, led by Concertmaster David Hult; and supremely talented soloists including returning ladies Elena O’Connor and Katie Hannigan.
Established in 2015, the University of Rochester Humanities Center is committed to scholarly exchange and collaboration across the humanities and humanistic social sciences. “We are interested in fostering insight into the human experience for faculty, students, and general audiences,” says Joan Shelley Rubin, the Dexter Perkins Professor in History and the Center’s Interim Director. “We are delighted that the ROS concert gives us the opportunity to engage in our first programming for the public.” Information about UR’s Humanities Center may be found at www.rochester.edu/College/humanities/
The Rochester Oratorio Society, the region’s premier large mixed chorus for adults, presents 4-6 performances annually, sings with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and hosts the international vocal competition, CLASSICAL IDOL, each spring. ROS is set apart from other area groups as members are all auditioned adult community members from the nine-county region. Many acclaimed and world-renowned singers are the product of ROS, getting their start with the group and their education here in Rochester. Many alumni have gone on to perform in Europe and at professional operas throughout the country. Their professional engagements at ROS, along with the rich cultural life and family life of Rochester, keeps talent coming back to the group, including this concert’s distinguished soloists.
Information on the ROS and its productions may be found at http://ROSsings.org or by calling the office at (585) 473-2234. This is the 72nd season of ROS and its rich history in the Rochester Community.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts at the Livingston Arts Center, a member supported organization. Sponsored by a Humanities New York Vision/Action Grant.