‘The Many Moods of Christmas’ concert Dec. 15 in Utica

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The Mohawk Valley Choral Society invites the public to “get in the mood for the Christmas season” by joining them at their performance of “The Many Moods of Christmas”, one of the most famous collections of Christmas carols.

The concert will take place on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the church of Our Lady of Lourdes, 2222 Genesee St., Utica.

Arranged by the legendary Robert Shaw and Robert Russell Bennett, and first performed by the Robert Shaw Chorale, “The Many Moods of Christmas” takes the audience through an evening of Carols from many different cultures and eras.

Under the direction of Randy Davis, Artistic Director of the Choral Society, the chorus will be accompanied by a 40-piece chamber orchestra in this four-suite piece of 18 carols.

Joining the chorus for this event will be local teenage organist Dominic Fiacco. Dominic began his study of music at four years of age. At the age of eight, he started the study of organ. Since then, he has concertized on such famous organs as the Aeolian-Skinner organ at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, the Frobenius organ at the United Methodist Church in Saratoga Springs, and at United States Military Academy chapel at West Point, New York. He is a three-time winner of the Central New York Music Teachers’ Piano Competition, and has also won the Steinway Piano Competition in Syracuse, New York.

The Mohawk Choral Valley Society has been singing exciting classical and light classical vocal music in the Central New York region for 38 years.

It has appeared in cities, towns and villages throughout the Mohawk Valley. It has performed at the Episcopal Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, NY, at Hendricks Chapel on the Syracuse University Campus, at Hamilton College, at the Presidential Inauguration at Herkimer County Community College, at the 2009 Genesis Group’s 9/11 Commemorative Program, and with the Albany Symphony Orchestra at the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal.

Tickets for “The Many Moods of Christmas” are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. They are available at Center Stage Pianos at 12 Genesee St. in New Hartford, the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts in Little Falls, and Weisser’s Jewelers in Herkimer, and at the door.

Tickets may also be reserved by calling 315-826-3092 or by contacting the Choral Society at its website at www.mvchoral.org.

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