Music department to present Beethoven work

The SUNY Oswego music department will present a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Mass in C major at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, at St. Paul’s Church on East Mohawk Street in Oswego.

The combined forces of the College Choir and Oswego Festival Chorus, 140 singers, will join the 45-piece College-Community Orchestra under the baton of Juan Francisco LaManna of the music department. 

Featured soloists are Amanda Carnie, soprano; Stephanie Nixdorf, alto; Todd Graber, tenor; and Micah Graber, bass.

Carnie and Todd Graber, both members of the voice faculty at the college, are known to area audiences from their frequent solo appearances with the Oswego Opera Theatre and Festival Chorus. Carnie has sung several roles with the Syracuse Opera. Graber is one of the members of SATB, the vocal group that recently performed as part of the college’s new Ke-Nekt’ Chamber Music Series.

Nixdorf, of Fayetteville, has done solo work with the Festival Chorus and College Choir in performances of “Voices of Light,” Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Handel’s “Messiah.” She also performs frequently with the Syracuse Opera.

Bass-baritone Micah Graber, a cousin of Todd Graber, is from Bradner, Ohio. He studied voice at Bowling Green University as well as the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He has sung with many nationally recognized orchestras around the country and toured with the San Francisco Opera for several years.

Beethoven composed the Mass in C in 1807 at the request of Prince Nicholas Esterhazy. It was intended for liturgical use. As an early work of Beethoven, its musical style is more classical in nature than his later Romantic choral works. This setting is intimate, profoundly religious and full of drama. Music historians consider it some of Beethoven’s best choral writing.

Tickets to the concert are $5 and can be purchased at the door. SUNY Oswego students with a current ID may attend free of charge.

Persons with disabilities seeking accommodations to attend this event should call the SUNY Oswego music department at 312-2130 in advance.

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(Posted: Nov 03, 2004)