Oswego Festival Chorus seeks singers from community

The Oswego Festival Chorus at SUNY Oswego is looking for additional singers for the 2007-08 season. Rehearsals will begin Monday, Sept. 10.

The chorus, directed by Dr. Julie Pretzat of SUNY Oswego’s music department, will perform John Rutter’s “Gloria” and other holiday carols with the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble in December.

The group also will help prepare a newly commissioned piece, “The Origin,” to premiere March 14 and 15 in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

“The Origin” is a large oratorio based on Charles Darwin’s life and his landmark work on evolution, “The Origin of Species.” It is being composed by Richard Einhorn, composer of the “Voices of Light” oratorio. Based on the legend of Joan of Arc, “Voices of Light” featured the international artists Anonymous 4 at SUNY Oswego in 2005.

“Origin” will feature the Bulgarian women’s chorus Kitka, along with large chorus, orchestra and additional soloists, including Jacqueline Horner of Anonymous 4.

Oswego Festival Chorus rehearsals will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays in Room 41 of Tyler Hall at SUNY Oswego. Free parking is available close to the building.

Participants should come 15 minutes early to register on Monday, Sept. 10. The cost for participation is $10. Music is available for purchase or to borrow for an additional (refundable) $10.

For more information, call Pretzat at 312-2983.

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(Posted: Aug 15, 2007)