Rochester Oratorio Society performs

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The Rochester Oratorio Society will present “A City Sings for the Season” Sunday, December 4 in the Sibley Building Atrium in Downtown Rochester.

The Artistic Director Eric Townell discussed the annual holiday concert Wednesday on News 8 at Noon.

“We’re 71 years in operation now for the Oratorio Society, and this is our way of saying thanks to the community for sustaining us,” Townell said.

The member of the ROS come from across the region.  “That’s right, really nine counties, and they drive for over an hour sometimes to come to rehearsal every Monday and perfect their craft,” said Townell. “It’s just a wonderful group.”

Members aspire to give the best performance, but always with the community in mind.  “They present the highest quality choral music concerts that they can, but they’re always mindful of the people who make that possible, you know, the mission of the community, to make everything better, float all the boats higher so to speak, through their singing, and through their art,” Townell said.

The Artistic Director said this coming Sunday is his favorite day of the year.  “It’s an event co-sponsored by the city, and the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, and the Clover Center for Arts and Spirituality,” Townell noted. “We all come together at the Sibley Building to present an afternoon of arts that the whole community can enjoy, and it will be with the Hochstein Youth Singers. They have a wonderful youth choir to sing, and then ROCMusic Collaborative, which is urban youth playing string instruments, and that’s a wonderful, just a joyful group of instrumentalists. And then the Dunwoody Dance Company, another urban dance company, very bright and energetic kids doing great stuff. So, and then Julia Figueras from WXXI Public Broadcasting will be doing some seasonal readings. We also have the Mount Vernon Male Chorus, the Mount Vernon Missionary Male Chorus will be joining us also. That’s a gospel choir of men. Although it’s an exciting day, you know there’s no fee to get in. Just come and enjoy either part of it, or all of it. It’s entry level, and the ROS will be singing some of its favorite music. It’s just a great day.”

“A City Sings for the Season” is free and open to all, although you can help give back by not coming empty-handed.  “We are giving back, and we are asking people if they’re so minded, to bring a donation of a charitable item – food, or a personal care item, perhaps some clothing, something like that,” said Townell. “And that will benefit the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network, and our charity partners in that is the Clover Center that I mentioned before.”

You can find more information about the Rochester Oratorio Society on their website, click here.


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