Syracuse Chorale concert preview at First Presbyterian

Soloists of the Syracuse Chorale will preview their upcoming concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles by singing in the community worship service on Sunday morning, March 20 at 9:30 a.m. The soloists will offer a movement from Antonin Dvorak's Stabat Mater, a major 19th-century sacred choral composition that the full Syracuse Chorale will perform in concert at the church on Sunday afternoon March 27 at 3 p.m.

Premiered in 1880, the Stabat Mater by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak sets a medieval Latin devotional poem well suited to the season of Lent. The lush, emotional composition traces a dramatic journey from despair to hope in ten large movements for chorus, soloists, and orchestra.

The concert will mark the first appearance in Skaneateles by the Syracuse Chorale, a 50-voice community ensemble founded in 1953. During the past 14 years, the group has been directed by Warren Ottey and performed works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Brahms, and Bach. The group's accompanist, Steven Uhl, will render the orchestral portion of the Dvorak Stabat Mater on First Presbyterian's majestic 40-rank Casavant pipe organ.

The First Presbyterian Church, located at 97 East Genesee Street in the village of Skaneateles, is fully accessible and offers off-street parking. All are welcome to the worship service and concert preview on Sunday March 20; visit www.skanpresby.org for more information. The public is invited to the Syracuse Chorale concert on March 27. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors / students, and $8 for children. For more information, call 383-3807.

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