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Southtowns residents to perform with Orchard Park Chorale

HAMBURG — Two Southtowns residents will sing featured solos with the Orchard Park Chorale, during its “Christmas Cheer & Carols” concert on Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, located at 4369 S. Buffalo St., in the village of Orchard Park.

Marlene Gullo of Derby has been a member of the Orchard Park Chorale for 13 years. She has also performed with Buffalo Opera Unlimited and on stage with the Hamburg Little Theater, Aurora Players and Ghostlight Theatre.

Hamburg resident Rebecca Boyle studied voice with Ronald Cox at William Smith College. In addition to the Orchard Park Chorale, she has performed with the Community Messiah Chorus and Opera Sacra.

The concert will feature J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat,” a choral tour de force, accompanied by Solisti of Western New York, a group of local musicians.

“Bach’s ‘Magnificat’ is a glorious, stirring piece of music, in which Bach exploits both the power of the full ensemble and the personal expression of solo voices,” said Artistic Director Kathleen Keenan-Takagi. Selections from Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” are also on the program, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Britten’s birth.

The chorale will also sing traditional carols arranged by John Rutter; the audience will be invited to sing along.

“This is one time of the year where we bring music from our cherished memories into our present and share it in our community,” Keenan-Takagi said. Joanne Hollenbeck will be the accompanist.

Visit www.orchardparkchorale.org for information about how to purchase tickets, or call 983-5446.

The Orchard Park Chorale is supported, in part, with cultural funding from the 2013 adopted Erie County budget.
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