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November 8, 2012

Choral Society concert set for December

Continuing a 44-year tradition, the 70-member Catskill Choral Society will present its Winter Concert on Saturday and Sunday, Dec.1 and 2. The concert will feature seasonal choral masterworks, according to a media release from the choral society.

Titled “Enchanted Mysteries of the Human Voice,” the program includes Vivaldi’s “Gloria in D Major,” Peteris Vasks’ “Dona Nobis Pacem,” Arvo Pärt’s “Magnicat,” Stephen Chatman’s re-harmonized choral arrangements of “Good King Wenceslas;” “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” Craig Courtney’s arrangement of “A Musicological Journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas” and Wilhousky’s arrangement of “Carol of the Bells.”

Led by Musical Director Timothy Newton, the Catskill Choral Society will sing with the Catskill Chamber Orchestra and local soloist Johana Arnold. The Catskill Choral Society Girl Choir will also perform a separate program. The society will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the First United Methodist Church, where seating is limited, and again at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at St. Mary’s Church on Walnut Street. A reception will follow Saturday night’s concert.

Tickets are available in Oneonta at Artware, Green Earth, The Plains at Parish Homestead; in Unadilla at Country Computers & Publishing; in Sidney at Corky’s Wine & Spirits and also at and from all CCS members. Prices: Advance tickets cost $17 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. Tickets at the door are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students.

The Catskill Choral Society is a community-based choral group singing a wide variety of music. From Bach’s “Mass in b minor” and the Mozart “Requiem,” to “Itaipu” by Philip Glass and “African Sanctus” by David Fanshawe, usually giving one or more concerts per semester, often with orchestra. More information available at

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