THANKSGIVING SERVICE NOV 18, 2018
The Oneida Area Christian Churches Council will hold the annual community-wide ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at the Oneida First United Methodist Church, corner of Main and Grove, on Sunday, November 18, at 7:00 PM. Representatives from area churches will conduct the service, which is open to all area residents. Members of the Oneida Area Civic Chorale, under the direction of Kimberly Nethaway, of Rome, will provide special music for the service, including “Let All Creation Sing His Praise”, by Joseph M. Martin, “Hymn for America”, by Stephen Paulus and “Prayer” by Arthur Frackenpohl. A free-will offering will be taken at the service, and those attending are asked to bring donations of boxed and canned goods for the area food pantry.
"International Carol Suites" Dec. 2018
The Oneida Area Civic Chorale will present "International Carol Suites", a brand-new collection of carols from around the world by composer Mark Hayes, on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 4:00 PM at Oneida High School. The Chorale, a 108-voice community chorus under the direction of Kimberly Nethaway, of Rome, will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra and joined by professional soloists Janet Brown, Soprano, and David Kolb, Baritone.
"International Carol Suites" contains thirty carols representing twenty countries, arranged in geographically themed suites. The carols from Europe, the British Isles, and North, South and Central America are all traditional pieces that have been set to arrangements by composer Mark Hayes, who appeared as a guest artist and conductor at the Chorale’s 2017 “50th Anniversary Spring Concert”. Traditional favorites including “Angels We have Heard on High” (France), “What Child is This?”(Germany), and “Go, Tell It on the Mountain”(African-American Spiritual) are woven together with lesser-known carols such as “O, Come Rejoicing” (Poland), “Song of the Wise Men” (Puerto Rico), and “The Journey” (Venezuela) in “a thrilling and multicultural celebration of the season”, in the words of Mark Hayes.
Janet Brown of Syracuse will join the Chorale as guest soprano. She has performed roles with the Syracuse Opera Company and the Boston Early Music Festival, and major oratorio roles with the Syracuse Symphony and the Albuquerque Symphony, to name a few. Ms. Brown is also a frequent recitalist with the Skaneateles Chamber Music Festival, and has performed several times with the Chorale, most recently in 2012. She received her Bachelor of Music from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, and her Master of Music from Syracuse University. Ms. Brown is a Professor of Practice in Voice at the Setnor School of Music, Syracuse University.
David Kolb, guest baritone, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College and has studied voice with Lauralyn Kolb and Timothy LeFebvre. He has been a soloist for the Hamilton College and Community Masterworks Chorale, the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, and performed with the Chorale last December in “Golden Christmas”. Kolb is currently the Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church of Rome, and resides in Utica.
The Chorale will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra composed of twenty-two musicians from Central New York, co-ordinated by Margaret Jevens of Rome. Chorale pianists Heather O’Connell, Oneida, and Bernadette VanValkenburg of Sherrill will join the orchestra for the concert.
Tickets for the concert are $10, available from Chorale members, at W.J. Hinman Jewelers, 115 Main St., Oneida, and by calling 315-655-3007. For more information, call 315-761-9701 and visit www.oneidachorale.org.
DISNEY CONCERT MAGICAL!
A full house was invited to “Be Our Guest” as the Chorale presented “The Musical World of Disney”, a program of Disney favorites on May 20, 2018. Musical numbers ranged from “Lavender Blue”, from the 1949 film So Dear to My Heart to the 2018 Academy-award winning “Remember Me” from Coco, with all kinds of “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah” and “Bibbidy Bobbidy Boo” in between. Several Chorale soloists were highlighted, and special guests All In barbershop quartet, the Durhamville and North Broad Elementary Singers, and 2018 Senior Scholarship Recipient Rebecca Matte added to the Disney magic. Disney characters Captain Hook, Elsa, Snow White, Cinderella, Tinkerbell, and Belle made cameo appearances to lead the audience in a sing-along and appear in photos after the concert. The Chorale magically became a chorus of kazoos in the song “Spirit of Adventure”, and all the performers joined to present “How Does a Moment Last Forever” as the magical, musical afternoon came to a close. The Chorale thanks all who participated and attended the final concert of the 2017-2018 season. (Visit us on Facebook for more concert pictures.)
FOR US THE LIVING EMOTIONAL, UPLIFTING
An audience of about 400 enjoyed the concert, "For Us The Living", on Sunday, March 11. The beautiful St. Patrick's Church in Oneida provided a perfect setting for the special concert that focused on expressing grateful affirmation of the gift of life, as well as expressing comfort, consolation and hope to all who have suffered loss. The traditional words of Alfred Fedak's "For Us the Living: A Requiem" and other pieces, combined with his masterful organ accompaniment and the beautiful solos by Juliane Price presented the audience with a healing and emotionally uplifting afternoon. Director Kimberly Nethaway and the 95 community chorus singers were proud of their performance as they continued their tradition of presenting live choral music in the Oneida area.