Vt. soloists at Battenkill Chorale concert

Friday May 4, 2012

GREENWICH, N.Y. -- The Battenkill Chorale will feature soloists Carol J. Poppe, Paul Lambert and Nicholas Lasoff in a program titled "To Everything There is a Season!" scheduled for Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m., and May 6, at 4 p.m., at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

The 80-voice Chorale celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the cycle of life as we are born, move through childhood to adulthood, fall in love, age, and die. Lorna Cooke deVaron, one of the pre-eminent choral conductors of the 20th Century, will be the guest of honor at the May 6 concert. She will speak of her close professional relationships with many of the composers on the concert, including Aaron Copland, Randall Thompson, Irving Fine, Samuel Barber and Daniel Pinkham.

Poppe, Lambert and Lasoff have all appeared as soloists with the Bennington County Choral Society and the Battenkill Chorale. Poppe has participated in the Berkshire Choral Festival for several seasons, studies voice with Kerry Ryer-Parke, and is a speech-language pathologist in Bennington. Lambert has been guest conductor of the Bennington County Choral Society and is the former choral director at Mount Anthony Union High School, the Bennington Children's Chorus, and First Congregational Church, in North Adams, Mass. Lasoff is a former instructor of German at Bennington College.

Featured works include Daniel Pinkham's "Wedding Cantata," Irving Fine's "Choral Settings from Alice in Wonderland," Randall Thompson's "Alleluia," and William Schuman's "Carols of Death," along with music by Samuel Barber, Alfred Fedak, and Morten Lauridsen.

Music celebrating British royalty includes excerpts from Henry Purcell's "Queen Mary's Birthday Ode," plus music sung at Princess Diana's funeral and Prince William's wedding. Additional soloists are Amy Clark, Susan Alancraig, Mallory Joy Donnelly, and Paula Sawyer.

DeVaron was the founder and director of the New England Conservatory Chorus for over 40 years. She premiered choral works by leading composers including Barber, Copland, Fine, Britten and Pinkham. For 34 years she prepared choruses for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, working with Leonard Bernstein, Erich Leinsdorf, Charles Munch, Seiji Ozawa, William Steinberg, Sir Colin Davis, Robert Shaw, and Michael Tilson Thomas. DeVaron, now in her ninth decade, continues to conduct in the Boston area.

Photographer Dona Ann McAdams will have several silver gelatin photographs for sale at the concerts, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Battenkill Chorale.

St. Joseph's Catholic Church is located at 35 Hill St. Tickets are $15. For tickets and information call 518-692-7458.


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