Music Notes: Busy Vocal Groups

Bill Raffel notes that more local groups will be performing in Carnegie Hall.

Buffalo, NY – Fans of choral and vocal music have too many hard choices this week. Good morning. I'm Bill Raffel with Music Notes.

The Eton College Choir from England sings in Saint Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday (3/30) at 7:30?p.m. That's also where Sue Fay Allen will lead the Amherst Bel Canto Choir in a free half-hour recital Friday (4/2) at 12:30?p.m.

Baritone Jubilant Sykes solos with the Buffalo Philharmonic and local gospel choirs Friday (4/2) and Saturday (4/3) nights at 8?p.m. in Kleinhans.

The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus Chamber Singers are in concert at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum at 435 Porter Avenue on Tuesday (4/30) at 7:30?p.m. to coincide with a special exhibit of musical manuscripts there.

The Buffalo State Chamber Choir, Chorale, and Orchestra visit Saint Casmir's Church, 160 Cable Street, for a free concert Wednesday (3/28) at 7?p.m.

But our featured ensemble is coming from the Big Apple to perform in UB's Slee Hall. Harold Rosenbaum flies to Buffalo every week to direct the UB Choir and Chorus. This time, his professional ensemble, the New York Virtusoso Singers will join him. Their speciality is works of 20th century American composers.

On Wednesday, April 14, the UB Choir and Chorus will join Rosenbaum's New York City groups for a joint performance of the Verdi Requiem in Carnegie Hall.

So actually, I misspoke a couple of weeks ago when I said three Western New York ensembles were going to Carnegie Hall. Now, make that five with the UB Choir and Chorus. Then six when Flutist Cheryl Gobetti-Hoffman brings three other UB Faculty Members there. Boy, the Carnegie Deli better start serving Sahlen's Hot Dogs.

And see the New York Virtuoso Singers in Slee Hall on UB's North Campus Tuesday (3/30) at 8?p.m. Also in Slee, Organist David Fuller gives a recital Friday (4/2) at 8?p.m. Jazz Percussionist Bobby Previte joins UB Music Students for a free performance Thursday (4/1) at 8?p.m. And Flutist Matthias Ziegler features works of contemporary composers on different kinds of flutes Sunday (4/4) at 3?p.m. in Slee.

Members of the Buffalo Philharmonic feature works for strings and winds Tuesday (4/30) at 7:30?p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center of Canisius College. Then JoAnn Falletta leads an Intimate Portraits concert Sunday (4/4) at 2:30?p.m. in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans. Schoenberg's Transfigured Night and Mozart's Serenade No. 10 "The Grand Partita" are on the program.

That's Music Notes. I'm Bill Raffel. Have a great week!