CORTLAND CHAMBER SINGERS present “Spring Returns: Music to Celebrate the Merriest of Seasons” – 4/26


Stephen B. Wilson, conductor/pianist


“Spring Returns:  Music to Celebrate the Merriest of Seasons”

On Friday, April 26, the newly-formed CORTLAND CHAMBER SINGERS will present a concert of music for spring, drawn from the 13th century to the present. Included on the program will selections by Debussy, Shearing, Britten, Marenzio, Morley,Tichelli, Snyder, and Orff.

The featured works will be Claude Debusy’s “Trois Chansons de Charles d’Orleans,” “Ecce gratum,” from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, “The Succession of the Four Sweet Months” from Britten’s Five Flower Songs, Op. 47, Three Songs and Sonnets bycomposer/pianist George Shearing, and “Sumer Is Icumen In,” the earliest known work for six independent voices

The performance will at the Center for the Arts in Homer at 7:30 p.m.  There is no admission charged, but donations benefiting the Center will be gratefully accepted.

The Cortland Chamber Singers will be presenting only its third performance since the ensemble was formed in 2017.  Stephen Wilson, Professor of Music Emeritus from SUNY Cortland, hand-selected 12 accomplished singers—three on each voice part (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass)—to present seasonal music for the first annual Madrigal Dinner at the Homer Center.  They sing primarily unaccompanied choral works in a wide range of styles.  The group consists of sopranos Judie Murphy, Barbara Jo Williams, and Emma Cleary; altos Lisa Hoeschele, Haley Georgia, and Gail Behrenfeld; tenors Jim Ulrich, Chuck Feiszli, and Tom Beattie; and basses Armand DiScenna, Douglas Hatch, and Fred Lutz.

Until his retirement in 2016, Dr. Wilson for 31 years directed the Choral Union and the College Singers in the Music and Performing Arts Departments at SUNY Cortland.  In Cortland he is most notable for having conducted full performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in 2010 and Verdi’s Requiem in 2012.  These concerts were sponsored by The Arts At Grace, David Neal artistic director.