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Alfred University Chamber Singers, Chorus to perform with Rochester Oratorio Society

The Alfred University Chamber Singers and University Chorus will perform with the Rochester Oratorio Society, Rochester’s leading choral ensemble, in two performances this spring in Rochester and the Alfred University campus.


ALFRED, NY – The Alfred University Chamber Singers and University Chorus will perform with the Rochester Oratorio Society, Rochester’s leading choral ensemble, in two performances this spring in Rochester and the Alfred University campus.

Eric Townell, ROS artistic director, has invited the Alfred University Chamber Singers and University Chorus to perform the Sacred Service, by the Swiss-born Jewish composer Ernest Bloch, with ROS Friday, April 24, at 7:30 pm in Hochstein Performance Hall in Rochester. The ROS will travel to Alfred for a second concert Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 7 pm in Miller Theater. Townell will conduct both performances.

Alfred University choir director Luanne Crosby notes the April 24 performance of Sacred Service for choir, orchestra and cantor commemorates the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps. It is an honor, Crosby says, for Alfred University’s Chamber Singers and University Chorus to be asked to participate in the performance. "It’s a great opportunity for our singers and a wonderful way for me to celebrate my final semester at AU.”  Crosby will be on sabbatical for the 2020-21 academic year and will officially retire in May 2021.

Cantor Isaac Assor will perform as the soloist with the ROS orchestra and chorus in this fifth annual collaboration with the University of Rochester Humanities Center. The Alfred University Choirs will also be featured in the concert, performing an Israeli folk song, Evening of Roses, as well as Eli Eli, a song of the Holocaust.

Members of the Alfred University Chamber Singers, pictured in the accompanying photograph, are: (front)  Jasmine Willard, Emelia Laraiso, Kala Farley, Justin Berry, Emelia Enke, and Emma Torrey; (middle) Dante Rynone, Justin Sun, and Nick Weikle; and (back) Carson Grover, Sam Parrish, Howard Lang, Elliott Safford, Morgan Paul, Rajaeana Stanley, Joslin Pettingel. Missing from the photo are Isabella Condorelli, Tiana Villanueva, Erin McCarthy.