The Oneida Area Civic Chorale will present "Dvorak Mass in D Major" on Sunday May 23 at 4 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church, 347 Main Street. The 100 member non-audition community chorus, under the direction of Kimberly Nethaway of Rome, will be accompanied by guest organist Alfred V. Fedak of Albany.
Composer Antonin Dvorak is perhaps the Czech nation's best known personality. In a national tribute commemorating the centennial of his death in 2004, it was written that his music excels in rich and original melodic invention, often referring to folk roots, marked rhythm and colorful instrumentation.
Dvorak composed the Mass in D Major in 1887 at a patron's request for the consecration of a new chapel near a castle in Luzany. According to Sarah B. Miller in the "Opera News", "It is a lovely score, full of beautiful tunes, written from a simple and devout faith."
The Mass was originally scored for chorus, organ and soloists, although in 1892 an orchestral accompaniment was added. The Chorale will perform the piece as originally scored, with the solo sections being sung by a semi-chorus of 17 chorale singers.
Organ accompaniment for the concert will be provided by organist and composer Alfred V. Fedak, who is a graduate of Hope College, holds a Master's degree in Organ Performance from Montclair State University and has done additional study at Westminster Choir College, Eastman School of Music, and in Austria and England. He has performed and lectured widely throughout the U.S., including at national and regional conferences of the American Guild of Organists, of which he is a Fellow, and the Hymn Society, of which he is a Life Member.
The May concert will mark Fedak's return to the console of St. Patrick's 22-rank 1898 Morey pipe organ, recently restored by Carey Organ Company. Last March, he appeared as guest organist at the Chorale's "Morning Has Broken: A Symphony of Hymns," concert.