The Westchester Chorale, an auditioned, avocational chorus of 50 men and women, is marking its 45th concert season with a Celebration of American Song on Saturday, December 12th at 4:30 pm at the Larchmont Avenue Church. The Chorale, under the direction of Douglas Kostner, will be presenting works by Aaron Copland, Morten Lauridsen, and William Dawson, including the spirituals “There is a Balm in Gilead” and “Ezekiel Saw de Wheel.”
The Chorale is also celebrating its first season as the chorus-in-residence at the Larchmont Avenue Church, and will be performing works from the choral repertoire every fall and spring at the church.
“We are very happy to be here,” said Tony Coretto, president of the Chorale’s board of directors. “LAC’s Board of Trustees has welcomed us with open arms and we are looking forward to a long association with the church. Being the chorus-in-residence provides the Chorale with a formal home, access to a great rehearsal space and a fantastic concert space, as well as the use of the church’s magnificent new pipe organ. We also complement Douglas Kostner’s artistic vision of establishing LAC as a center of musical excellence and outreach in the Sound Shore area, and we are thrilled to have his guidance as our new music director.”
The chorale welcomes new members who share its love of music and desire to be part of the artistic community of the Sound Shore at LAC. For further information, please contact the Chorale’s membership director, Marge Manber, at 914-725-7507, or visit their website at www.westchesterchorale.org. Rehearsals for the Chorale’s spring 2010 concert on Saturday, May 8th will commence on Tuesday January 12th in Russell Hall at Larchmont Avenue Church. Singers are welcome to sit in and sing with the Chorale at their open rehearsals before arranging for an audition with the music director.