The Oswego Festival Chorus, conducted by Dr. Mihoko Tsutsumi, will present its fall concert on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 103 West 7th Street, Oswego. Admission to the concert is free.
The chorus will be performing John Rutter's Gloria and, in celebration of the Christmas season, will also perform Rutter's Joy to the World.
Rutter was born in England in 1945 and studied at Clare College, Cambridge. He composes orchestral and instrumental pieces, but is primarily a choral composer whose compositions are comprised of anthems, Christmas carols, and extended works, such as, Gloria, the Requiem, the Magnificat, Psalmfest, and Mass of the Children.
The Gloria was composed in 1974 and was first conducted by Rutter in Omaha, Nebraska.
Joy to the World includes fifteen popular Christmas carols and Christmas hymns arranged and orchestrated by Rutter. Some featured carols are O Come All Ye Faithful, Joy to the World, Three Kings of Orient, and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentleman, and more.
The College Choir and the Oswego State Singers will be performing with the chorus on Joy to the World. The audience will be invited to participate in the singing.
The Oswego Festival Chorus is a non-auditioned SATB choir that performs classical, choral music. It was formed in 1960 under the direction of Dr. Maurice O. Boyd. The mission of the choir is to promote choral music and to share the joy of music with the community. The choir consists of students, faculty, staff, and community members. The repertoire focuses on master works, usually with orchestral accompaniment and also traditional choral music of many cultures and genres.