Let Music Live concert May 22


ONEIDA  — Oneida Area Civic Chorale, now in its 55th season, will present, “Let Music Live,” a program illustrating the love of music and the emotions and memories it can evoke, at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Oneida High School auditorium.

Note the change in the concert location from previously published programs and patron passes.

The Chorale, an 80-voice community chorus under the direction of Mark Bunce, will be accompanied by Heather O’Connell on piano and joined by Amanda Yeoman on flute. Each piece will showcase a different style of music.

Selections will include the lively “Viva La Musica” by David Brunner, classical numbers, Handel’s “Music, Spread Thy Voice Around” and Shubert’s “An Die Musik,” which is sung in German. Other pieces will have a jazzy, or show tune feel, such as Kirby Shaw’s arrangement of the Gershwins’ classic “I Got Rhythm/Fascinating Rhythm” combo, Mark Hayes’ “Music Makes Me Feel Alive,” and Jerry Estes’ arrangement of the ABBA hit “Thank You For The Music,” and David Dickau’s lyrical, “If Music Be The Food Of Love” and Joseph M. Martin’s dramatic “The Awakening.”

Two of the numbers will focus on the works of women, Amy Bernon’s “Give Me Music” and Gwyneth Walker’s “How Can I Keep From Singing.” The highlight of the concert will be the world premiere of a commissioned piece by Andy Beck to honor Kimberly Nethaway, who retired in 2020 after 25 years as director of the OACC.

Tickets for the concert are $10 and are available from Oneida Office Supply, Callee 1945, and chorale members. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Refer to the OACC website (www.Oneidachorale.org) or Facebook page for additional information. The next concert will be on Sunday Dec 4 called, “An American Christmas” at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School auditorium.

Those interested in singing with the non-audition chorale in the future, should go to the chorale’s website and click on “Join.”


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