Two Lost Musical Treasures are Rediscovered

Conductor Gerald Wolfe joins us to talk about the two rarely-performed choral masterpieces that will be on the program of the next Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers concert on May 12th at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

Gerald Wolfe Leads Music of Schubert and Rehnqvist

The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers and Chamber Singers led by Gerald Wolfe perform Franz Schubert’s final choral work, the profounc Mass in E flat, and the Chamber Singers sing ‘When I close my eyes, I dream of peace’ by Swedish composer Karin Rehnqvist.


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Choral Music by Vivaldi, Rejcha, and Husa is on the Program in Ithaca

The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers are joined by the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra for a program of three works: Antonio Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’, Antonin Rejcha’s ‘Te Deum’, and ‘Three Moravian Songs’ by the late Karel Husa.  The ‘Gloria’ is well-known, but the ‘Te Deum’ is not, and Gerald Wolfe talks about how it is an unjustly neglected masterpiece.


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An Unfinished Musical Work Gets a New Ending

The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Gerald Wolfe, are performing Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ in their spring concert.  Mozart died before completing it, so friends of Mozart’s pitched in to finish it.  Later scholarship has found sketches that Mozart might have intended as part of it.  The Community Chorus is presenting the Levin edition of it.  Gregorio Allegri’s ‘Miserere mei’ is also on the program, a work also associated with Mozart.


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The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers present Johannes Brahms' "A German Requiem"

Conductor Gerald Wolfe speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Ithaca Community Chorus’ performance of Johannes Brahms’ A German Requiem.  It is not a requiem in Latin in the traditional sense that Mozart’s, Verdi’s, or Faure’s are, but comforting words from scripture in a language that Brahms’ listeners would have understood. After the death of Brahms’ mother, he added an extra movement with a soprano solo.  It’s one of the most beloved works in the choral repertoire.  

Photograph courtesy of Zabowski via Flickr