These are some of the events going on at congregations around Western New York in the next few weeks.
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Fredonia – Concert (November 16)
Trinity Masterworks Choir will present a concert of Kim Andre Arnesen’s Requiem on Friday, November 16 at 7 p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church (11 Day St. in Fredonia). Featured performers include: Lucille Susan (soprano), Mariami Bekauri (mezzo-soprano), and Phillip McMullen (conducting).
Jamestown – Choral Masterwork Concert (November 16)
St. Luke’s Festival Choir will present its eighth annual Choral Masterwork Concert, on Friday, November 16th. The community is invited to attend the free performance, which will begin at 8pm in the church sanctuary.
The Festival Choir consists of St. Luke’s regular church choir combined with additional singers from the community. The group presents the special Masterworks program each year on the Friday before Thanksgiving, featuring a major choral work for a special evening performance.
Andy Schmidt, St. Luke’s Director of Music is excited to welcome his former student Matthew Myers, as an additional accompanist for the event.
This year’s selections include the world premiere of a choir anthem by Thomas C. Thompson entitled “Let Saints on Earth in Concert Sing” and “Te Deum” by Franz Joseph Haydn.
Andy Schmidt, St. Luke’s Director of Music is excited to welcome his former student Matthew Myers, as an additional accompanist for the event. Myers will accompany the choir for the Hayden piece.
“It’s a very challenging accompaniment part, and Matt plays it magnificently.” Schmidt says.
Schmidt has also invited Danica Olson-Walter to be guest conductor for the Thompson piece. Ms. Olson-Walter studied choral conducting at Otterbein University, and is the Director of Children’s and Youth Ministry at St. Luke’s. The concert will also feature a performance by acclaimed local violinist Cody Hiller along with some of his musician friends.
“I am grateful that all of our past choral concerts have been stunning successes.” Schmidt says. “This concert also promises to be a very enjoyable evening of great music. Please plan to attend and bring a friend!”
St. Luke’s is located at 410 North Main Street, Jamestown. Known for its long history as a venue for musical performance, the church hosts many of the Jamestown Concert Association events as well as their own public offerings. For more information about the Choral Masterwork presentation or any of the church’s other musical offerings, please contact Schmidt at 716-483-6405 or visit the website at www.stlukesjamestown.org.
Batavia – Thanksgiving Pie Sale & Backet Raffle (November 17)
St. James’ Episcopal Church (405 E. Main St. in Batavia) will hold a Thanksgiving Pie Sale & Basket Raffle on Saturday, November 17, from 10 am to 2 pm. Yummy pumpkin and apple pies made by the bakers of St. James for only $8 each and a variety of baskets! Free admission. Pre-order pies by texting 585-356-5359; pay at pickup on November 17.
Cheektowaga – Community Thanksgiving Dinner (November 17)
Join St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church (1395 George Urban Blvd. in Cheektowaga) for a Community Thanksgiving Dinner. This delicious turkey dinner with all the usual trimmings will be at 5pm on Saturday, November 17. Join us as we celebrate all for which we are thankful! Bring a dish to pass if you’d like, but it is not necessary.
Williamsville – Concert (November 18)
Calvary Episcopal Church (20 Milton St. in Williamsville) will hold a concert on Sunday, November 18 at 4 p.m.
This concert features Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem,” works by Roland Martin with text by George Herbert, and the premiere of Roland Martin’s new anthem “The Call.”
The concert will be performed by the Choir of Calvary Church, the Buffalo Chamber Players, soprano Jill Neuhaus, baritone Tyler Mecklenberg, with music director Kevin Durkin.
A free-will offering to support Great Music at Calvary will be accepted. A reception will follow the concert.
Buffalo – Concert (December 1)
St. John’s-Grace Episcopal Church (51 Colonial Circle in Buffalo) will hold a Concert, featuring selections from “The Last Five Years” by Jason Robert Brown, on Saturday, December 1 at 2 p.m. Bernard Holcomb, tenor, Johanna Moffitt, soprano, and James Welch, piano, will perform. A free will offering will be taken.