Classical 91.5

Concentus

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In Unison

When singer and conductor Anna Atwater first sang in a Concentus Women’s Chorus in 2016 concert, she started at the top, singing in Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols," one of the pinnacles of the repertoire for women's voices.
     "It was spectacular," Atwater says. She immediately joined Concentus. Now, three years later, Atwater is its first new music director since its founding. The ensemble, currently with nineteen members, is devoted to exploring the wide variety of classical music, ranging from medieval chant through contemporary compositions, written specifically for women’s voices.

In 2011, Concentus Women's Chorus gave us the gift of music for our fourth Holiday Backstage Pass.  Eight years later, they return to our studios for another holiday performance, and with a new Music Director. Join our seasonal celebration Wednesday, December 18 at 1 PM. The show repeats on Sunday, December 22 at 1 PM.

You can read more about Concentus and the passing of the baton in David Raymond's City Paper article.  

O'Connor: Bel Canto Global Arts

Amy Beach: III. Credo, Grand Mass in E-Flat, op. 5

It was a full house at the Hochstein Performance Hall on October 20, 2017...both in the seats and on the stage. Rochester Oratorio Society music director Eric Townell gathered a host of talent to celebrate the centenary of women's suffrage in New York. In addition to the 130 member ROS, he brought in Concentus Women's Chorus, under the direction of Gwendolyn Gassler, the ROS Orchestra, and four soloists, including soprano Elena O'Connor.

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Daniel Pinkham: Christmas Cantata (Sinfonia Sacra)
    Quem vidistis pastores
    O magnum mysterium
    Gloria in excelsis Deo

Pinkham's Sinfonia Sacra with its Latin Christmas text is scored for chorus and either double brass choir or organ. The final movement, Gloria In Excelsis Deo, is a monument of 20th century choral expression.