Music Notes: Singing for the Holidays

It'll be an ambitious Holiday concert for a local singing ensemble.

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Choral Arts Society presents its most ambitious Christmas concert yet. Good morning. I'm Bill Raffel with Music Notes.

One of Buffalo's largest choruses will present two major choral works in the Our Lady of Victory Basilica: Bach's Cantata Number 191, Gloria in Excelsis Deo, in addition to choruses from the Christmas portion of Messiah along with Hallelujah. Remember to stand when they reach that one.

Their past few Christmas concerts featured brass accompaniment, but Director Marcia Giambrone says they'll need more musicians for this one.

Hear how well those rehearsals pay off for Marcia Giambrone and the Buffalo Choral Arts Society Friday (12/12) and Sunday (12/14) nights at 7:30?p.m. in the Our Lady of Victory Basilica at the corner of South Park and Ridge in Lackawanna. The tickets are going fast. Reserve yours by calling (716) 832-4542.

Also this weekend, a more intimate vocal ensemble, the Freudig Singers, present its annual Christmas Pie concert, with lots of carols followed by plenty of pie, Saturday (12/13) at 7:30?p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in South Buffalo on McLellan Circle at McKinley, then Sunday (12/14) at 4?p.m. in the Niagara University Chapel. There'll be one more performance after Christmas in Saint Josephs University Church. This is the same group that presented the Heard in Buffalo concert we broadcast on Thansgiving.

The Baltimore Consort presents early music for Christmas Tuesday (12/9) at 8?p.m. in Kleinhans, with a pre-concert talk at 7:15. It's sponsored by the Buffalo Chamber Music Society.

The Divertimento Strings will feature Archanegelo Correlli's Christmas Concerto at a free half-hour recital, Friday at 12:30?p.m. in Saint Paul's Cathedral downtown.

The Buffalo Philharmonic presents Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel under the Baton of Assistant Conductor Ron Spigelman Saturday (12/13) and Sunday (12/14) afternoons at 2:30?p.m. in Kleinhans.

Cellist Bryan Eckenrode is taking over as Conductor and Music Director of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, consisting of top high school musicians from around Chautauqua County. He'll lead his first concert Sunday (12/14) at 4?p.m. in the First Congregational Church in Jamestown.

The Niagara Frontier Brass Quintet will have holiday selections at the Unity Church at the corner of Delaware and Auburn, Sunday (12/14) at 3:30?p.m.

The Cheektowaga Community Chorus presents the first performance of "Madrigals to Merriment" Sunday (12/14) at 7?p.m. at the Cleveland Heights Christian Church, 4774 Union Road near Cleveland Drive.

A Choral Group from Saint Christopher's Roman Catholic Church presents "A Christmas to Remember," Sunday (12/14) at 7:30?p.m. at 2660 Niagara Falls Boulevard in Tonawanda.