The Genesee Chorale is pleased to invite the community to two upcoming Christmas concerts: one on Saturday, December 2 at St. James Episcopal Church at 405 East Main Street in Batavia and the other Monday, December 4 at First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Medina. Both performances begin at 7:00 PM. Presale tickets cost $8 and can be purchased at www.geneseechorale.com or from a chorale member. Tickets will also be available at the door for $10.
Stories of favorite Christmas memories and traditions will be shared throughout the concert. These holiday tales will be paired with old Christmas favorites like White Christmas or fresh, new takes on a familiar text like Silent Night, by local composer and teacher, Stephen Shewan. "I think it will be a magical walk down memory lane," says chorale president, Heather Lovelace. "Nothing triggers old holiday feelings like Christmas carols, except perhaps the smell of those favorite Christmas cookies."
The performance will feature a new arrangement of "Silent Night" arranged by Medina composer Stephen Shewan. The new arrangement transports the well-loved lyrics into a twenty-first century musical setting. Stephen is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College and Ithaca College, and received his DMA from the Eastman School of Music. Now the director of bands at Williamsville East High School, he is active as a guest conductor, pianist, and clinician. Winner of the 2011 Choral Composition Festival at Ithaca College and recipient of the 2011 Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts from the College Board, Shewan has had performances of his music from orchestras and ensembles across the United States and Europe. His music has been called imaginative and infectious by critics.
While there won't be Christmas cookies, there will certainly be music for all to enjoy. Let the Genesee Chorale jump start your holiday season with Christmas Memories, December 2 and 4.