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A Message from Our President The Genesee Valley Orchestra & Chorus is entering its 37th season – quite an accomplishment for any performing group. We thank you for supporting us by attending this concert. We also hope you will look at our listing of advertisers and let them know you saw their ad in the concert program. This season we will be under the direction of Edward Schell, an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Rochester Institute of Technology. Mr. Schell is well known in the Rochester musical community. We welcome him and look forward to an exciting season of memorable and inspiring concerts. We are happy you have come to enjoy one of our concerts and hope you will consider attending all three. They are exciting and diverse performances, featuring our singers and instrumentalists. The first concert on December 1st, entitled With Joyous Note, will include some of your favorite Messiah choruses plus music by Kirke Mechem and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. Look to the Rainbow, presented on St Patrick’s Day, will include a traditional holiday buffet followed by a musical journey through Ireland and beyond. Finally, on May 11th we present Love, Beauty, Laughter!, a selection of music from the 19th and 20th centuries including one by Grammy Award-winning composer Eric Whitacre. Thank you for joining us. We welcome your comments on the performance. You can contact us at or 585-223-9006. Enjoy the show!

Anne Rodgers President GVOC Board of Directors

2013 Season Look to the Rainbow A St. Patrick’s Day Entertainment Celebrate the season with favorite folk and popular music as well as Broadway hits. Sunday, March 17, 2013, 4:30 PM 4:30 PM - Open bar 5:30 PM - Dinner 7:00 PM - Concert Eagle Vale Country Club, Fairport

Love, Beauty, Laughter! Eric Whitacre Five Hebrew Love Songs Johannes Brahms Nänie, Op. 82 Ralph Vaughan Williams In Windsor Forest Saturday, May 11, 2013, 7:30 PM Perinton Presbyterian Church, Fairport

Plus! Fairport Gazebo Concert June 2013 Program details subject to change. Visit our website at for the latest information. Concerts sponsored, in part, by the Town of Perinton and the Rochester Area Community Foundation.

Save the Date: GVOC Garden Tour – Saturday, June 8, 2013 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Edward Schell, Music Director Helvi McClelland, Accompanist

Board of Directors – 2012-2013 Anne Rodgers, President Carol Weber, Vice President Frances Vedder, Treasurer Jim O’Connell, Bookkeeper

Members at Large Jared Hendrickson Pieranna Monaco Hope Quallo Bev Reynolds Barb Heiligman

Past Presidents Virginia Hogan (1976-1980) (deceased) Dave Burnett (1980-1981) Frank Wells (1981-1982) (deceased) JoAnn Yablin (1984-1985) Whit Matteson (1985-1986) Jack Muthig (1986-1987) Donald Culley (1987-1988) Louis Malucci (1988-1989) Mary Anne Guariglia (1989-1992) Lawrence Brunelle (1992-1993) (deceased) Bruce Anderson (1993-2001) William Wynne (2001-2002) Cheryl Utter (2002-2006) Susan Woodhouse (2006-2011)

Key Personnel Mary Anne Guariglia, Chorus Manager Jared Hendrickson, Orchestra Manager and Librarian Jim Dignan, Website Administrator Jana DiPiazza, Chorus Librarian Alda Knight, Office Manager/Box Office Sam Nicolosi, graphic design

GVOC Fundraising Chairs Mary Anne Guariglia, Jack Muthig, Subscription Drive Carol Weber, Program Ads Grace Obalis, Carol Ritter Wright, Garden Tour

In Loving Memory of: Charles Alletto Richmond Beach Lawrence Brunelle Marjorie Burger SSJ Daniel Castelein Carol Clark Tamara Crafts Helen Craven Herbert Craven William Dieck Richard Ellsworth Seth Fagerstrom Hal Farmer Ann Greenlaw Sybil Grominger John Guariglia Warren Heiligman Charles Hiscock Virginia Hogan SSJ William Jackson Raymond Lyman Bernadette McDonough Peter McDonough Mary Margaret Merkel SSJ James Neyhart William Noonan Fred Rodems Dayna Shaw Fred Sheldon Martha Skeet Rev. Jacqueline Thompson Frank Wells Jane Yaworski

In Memory of Ann Greenlaw In Memory of Bernadette McDonough Bernadette and her husband Peter served on the Board of Directors for many years and were great supporters of the organization. We miss their friendship and guidance.

Memorials and Honorariums Memorial Gifts ~ A very special way you can honor a loved one. An acknowledgment will be sent informing the family of the gift. Honor Gifts ~ The perfect way to recognize a special occasion or achievement of a friend, relative or family member. Bequests ~ As you update your personal will, consider designating a gift to the Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus. We are grateful to those who support our organization through one of these tax-deductible gifts. To participate, please call our office at 585-223-9006

GVOC is a member of the Greater Rochester Choral Consortium, whose mission is to enrich the Rochester community’s cultural environment by fostering the choral arts. Amadeus Chorale Bach Children’s Chorus Bowties The Chorus of the Genesee Concentus Women’s Chorus pages/Concentus-WomensChorus/148641301849374 Eastman-Rochester Chorus ensembles/erc/ Empire State Lyric Theatre Finger Lakes Choral Festival Genesee Harmonic Society php?note_id=118125871555611 Genesee Valley Orchestra & Chorus Greece Choral Society choralsociety/

Irondequoit Chorale The Lyric Chorale Madrigalia Musica Spei Oasis Community Chorus Rochester Boys’ Choir Rochester Chorus Sweet Adelines rochesterchorus/ Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus Rochester Oratorio Society Rochester Rhapsody Rochester Women’s Community Chorus Spencerport Community Chorus The Taiwanese Choral Society of Rochester Treble Clefs Voices Women of Note

Mission Statement The Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus is dedicated to providing opportunities for musical growth for its members and enriching the lives of area residents by presenting high quality musical performances throughout the Genesee Valley.

Our Vision The Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus aspires to be: A thriving, diverse organization that reaches out to audiences of all ages, races, religions, cultures, and geographic regions within the Genesee Valley. A model community performing group, committed to the highest standards of performance, collaboration with community partners, and sound organizational management.

With Joyous Note Ave Maria, Op. 37. No. 6................................................................ Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,now and at the hour of our death. Amen O Magnum Mysterium............................................................................... Sally Herman O great mystery, and wondrous sacrament, that animals should see the new-born Lord lying in their manger! Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to bear the Lord Jesus Christ. Alleluia! MESSIAH ............................................................................................. George F. Handel (1685-1759) Recitative: There were shepherds Recitative: And Lo! The angel of the Lord came upon them Recitative: And the angel said unto them Recitative: And suddenly there was with the angel Chorus: Glory to God in the highest Aria: Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion

Debbie McCullough, soprano

MAGNIFICAT......................................................................Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)

I. Magnificat

II. Et Misericordia

My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden; for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty hath done to me great things ;and holy is His name.

And His mercy is on them that fear Him from generation to generation. He hath shewed strength with his arm; He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

Carol Weber and Leslie Weber, soloists III. Deposuit

He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent empty away.

IV. Suscepit Israel

He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy.

David Weygandt and Scott Griswold, soloists

V. S icut Locutus Est

VI. Sicut erat in Principio

As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to His seed forever. Glory be to the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Intermission Concerto in D for Two Trumpets ................................................ Francesco Manfredini Allegretto (1688-1748)

Leslie MacDonald and Michelle Kellaway, soloists

Shepherds’ Christmas Music................................................................. Clark McAlister NoÍl nouvelet! Silent Night Il est ne, le divin enfant!  Emily Pranis, Lisa Silverstein, Pat Kinney, Barb Robinson, Jared Hendrickson Woodwind Quintet SEVEN JOYS OF CHRISTMAS, Op. 25b..................................................Kirke Mechem (b. 1925) Barbara Dechario, harp I. The Joy of Love: This is the truth (English)

D. McCullough, C. Weber, L. Weber, K. Whitman, soloists

II. The Joy of Bells: Din don! Merrily on high (French)

III. The Joy of Mary: Joseph dearest, Joseph mine (German)

IV. The Joy of Children: Patapan (Burgundian)

V. The Joy of the New Year: New Year song (Japanese)

VI. The Joy of Dance: Fum, fum, fum! (Spanish)

VII. The Joy of Song: God bless the master of this house (English)

MESSIAH ............................................................................................. George F. Handel Chorus: Hallelujah!

Guest Soloist: Barbara Dechario is a member of the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra and principal harpist with the Utica Symphony. A frequent soloist with area orchestras and a member of Rhapsodie, a trio for flute, viola and harp, Ms. Dechario has appeared throughout the United States, Mexico and Central and South America in chamber music concerts. Recently she was guest artist with the Catskill Chamber Players in a performance of 20th century music at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Dechario holds degrees in harp performance from the University of Illinois and the University of Iowa. Her highly acclaimed CD Timeless Jewish Songs features Cantor Martha Rock Birnbaum. Her latest CD, Christmas With Harp and Voice features Madrigalia, Rochester, New York’s premiere choral ensemble in a varied selection of harp solos and works for chorus and harp. Recipient of Mu Phi Epsilon’s Outstanding Chicago Area Musician’s Award while still a student, Ms. Dechario holds a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from the University of Illinois and a Master of Music degree from the University of Iowa.

The Composers & Compositions Pergolesi 1710-1736 Giovanni Battista Pergolesi was an important early composer of opera buffa (comic opera), and it was his first love. Many scholars believe the Magnificat was actually written by his teacher, Francesco Durante. Regardless of who composed it, it is richly melodic and imaginative music in the ‘gallant’ style. The Magnificat, also known as the Canticle of Mary or Song of Mary, is frequently sung liturgically in the Christian church the fourth Sunday of Advent. The text is taken directly from the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:46-55) where it is spoken by the Virgin Mary upon the occasion of her visit to her cousin Elizabeth. In the narrative, after Mary greets Elizabeth, who is pregnant with the future John the Baptist, the child moves within Elizabeth’s womb. When Elizabeth praises Mary for her faith, Mary sings what is now known as the Magnificat in response...“My soul doth magnify the Lord...” Kirke Mechem 1925Kirke Mechem has been called the “dean of American choral composers”. He has more than 250 published works in almost every form. In 1964 he composed the Seven Joys of seven days...with later additions for orchestra and harp. He dedicated the work to his teacher, Randall Thompson, for a lifetime devoted to the joy of song. He chose Christmas music from England, France, Germany, Japan and Spain. 1. This is the Truth 2. Din Don, Merrily on High 3. Joseph Dearest 4. Patapan 5. New Year’s Song 6. Fum, Fum, Fum 7. God Bless the Master (quodlibet) Quodlibet is an old musical term for a piece that uses many different tunes together...not one after another like a medley...but in counterpoint, against each other. See how many familiar tunes you can pick out in this piece. Composers have fun with this kind of music.

GVOC has an exciting year of musical selections in store for you! There is something for everyone this season and we hope you will join us and be inspired! For details, Visit us at

Contributors The support of our advertisers and sponsors makes a critical difference to our ability to provide great music at affordable prices. You can help thank them by patronizing their businesses and mentioning GVOC by name when you do. If you would like to advertise in our program or become a sponsor, please contact us. We would be happy to discuss opportunities with you!

Introducing the Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus Sopranos: Karen Crummins Lucy Farmer Betty Fleischacker Mary Anne Guariglia Donna Hahn Marty Henkel Janet Holmes Sue Knauf Alda Knight Debra McCullough Betsy McGee Arlene Monte Helen Moore Grace Obalis Hope Quallo Bev Reynolds Dolores Rodems Mary Ann Virgo Leslie Weber Carol Weber Kathryn Whitman

Altos: Lita Boudakian Jana DiPiazza Marga Fischer Barbara Heiligman Ronnie Hill Elaine Jacobsen Elsa Kohl Anne Matuck Pieranna Monaco Pam Munn Mary Petrie Carolee Powers Anne Rodgers Marla Schweppe Edie Steele Mary Stephens Frances Vedder

Judith Walter Leonore Wiltse Susan Woodhouse Jeong Yoon




Bruce Anderson Ken Anderson Tamar Greene Daniel Halbstein Don Kurtz Dick Moore Jim O’Connell Ron Salladin David Weygandt Peter Yoon

Basses: Vyt Burkunas Scott Griswold John Hahn Lou Malucci Peter Meyer Jack Muthig Ray Obalis Bob Powers Al Saia Roy Szelewski Larry Teel David Williamson

Emily Pranis


Lisa Silversteiin

Pat Kinney


Jared Hendrickson


Barb Robinson


Leslie MacDonald Michelle Kellaway


Patty Van der Sloot, concertmaster Miriam Kruppenbacher

Violin II

David Lane Elizabeth Mourer Christel Hirschauer


Keiko Vann, principal David Swinton


Elizabeth Kinney, principal Marian Claus


Bruce Goldman, principal

Support GVOC Community music groups are cornerstones in the community’s cultural life and a key element in its overall quality of life. Through the generosity of area individuals, businesses, foundations and the Town of Perinton, the Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus has grown and flourished for over 30 years. GVOC performs four major concerts each year with two performances of each program, keeping prices for our programs at affordable levels. We are reaching out to audiences in nursing homes and assisted living facilities and developing strategies to involve youth in the joy of making music. There are a number of ways that you can help in these efforts: • Purchase a season subscription • Become a Friend of GVOC • Buy an advertisement in our program • Become a corporate sponsor • M  atch your gift through your company’s matching gift program (consult your Human Resources department) • L  eave a musical legacy by including GVOC in your estate planning • V  olunteer to help in our office, to usher at concerts, to help us plan special events and fundraisers, to help with publicity and more! • Join us to make music as a singer or instrumentalist Gifts like yours, in any amount, are essential to GVOC and each donor becomes a partner with us in making great music available and accessible in our community. Your gift can be unrestricted to help relieve general operating expenses or can be directed to a specific activity or concert (for example, underwriting the cost of a guest artist or our outreach program). We would be happy to meet with you to discuss these opportunities in person. Contact us at 585-223-9006.

A Heartfelt Thank You to our Donors GVOC Guild (contributing talent and services) Jim Dignan Bob & Pat McJury Carol Ritter Wright Conductor’ Circle ($500+) Tom & Carol Elliott Anne Rodgers Chorus Angels (250+) David Burnett Bob & Elaine Jacobsen Connie Leary Elizabeth McGee James O’Connell Edward Schell William & Frances Vedder Carol Ritter Wright Orchestra Ring (150+) Anonymous Susan Abbott John & Donna Hahn Barbara & David Swinton GVOC Subscribers Anonymous Lita Boudakin David Burnett Rev. Frederick Bush Diane Cocilova Richard Crummins Mary Lou & Don Culley Chrystal & John Dudley Tom & Carol Elliott Betty Fleischacker & Rudy Barbara Green Scott & Meghan Griswold Mary Anne Guariglia

Roseanne Hazzard Barbara Heiligman Veronica Hill Jennifer & Adrian Horn Elaine Jacobsen Grace Kavaliunas Sue Knauf Louis Malucci Ann & Ed Matuck Janice Metcalf Raymond Miller Dick & Helen Moore Don Munn Jean M. Murphy Jack & Peg Muthig Sue & Rich Portland Beverly Reynolds Barbara & Maurice Robinson Dolores Rodens Anne Rodgers Charles Roemer Mary Rowan Dr. L. Louise Rozwell Nancy Schreiber Mary & Clyde Stephens David Swinton Marilyn Teel Mary Ann Virgo Kathleen Wagner GVOC Donors Anonymous (2) Bruce & Jean Anderson Carol Boyle Vyt Burkunas Karen Crummins Thomas & Frances Collier Terry Davis Richard & Joyce Gilbert Christal Hirschauer Veronica Hill Karen Kral Alda Knight Leslie MacDonald Dan McInerny

Rosemary McNitt Dick & Helen Moore Pamela Munn Jack Muthig Therese O’Brien Dawn Pierson Sue & Rich Portland Emily Pranis Beverly Reynolds Dr. L. Louise Rozwell Hope Quallo Nancy Schreiber Harold Stock Judith Walter Leslie Weber Micki Wesson Leonore & Lee Wiitse In Memoriam Ann Greenlaw Lucy Farmer Betty Fleischacker Donna & John Hahn Alda Knight Betsy McGee Margaret (Peg) McGee Ray and Grace Obalis Cheryl Utter Mary Ann Virgo Leslie Weber Leonore Wiltse In Memoriam Bernadette McDonough Nancy Hessler Mary Koch John McMahon Leslie Weber Leonore & Lee Wiltse Donna Yawman

Edward Schell III

Helvi McClelland

Edward Schell has been a member of the Rochester community for thirty-four years, he is an Associate Professor of Music at RIT. His university responsibilities have included teaching courses in music theory and music history, serving as the director of RIT’s choral program and advisor for RIT’s six a cappella groups and holding various administrative positions in the College of Liberal Arts, including Fine Arts Department Chair, Science and Humanities Division Chair and Music Program Director. He also served as Minister of Music at First Unitarian Church in Rochester, retiring in June 2012, where he was the organist, directed the Adult Choir, the Bronze Handbell Ringers and Orchestral Musicians. A founding member of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network, he has served as the organization’s national president. Most recently, he has been a member of the UUMN’s Leadership Development Board, creating a professional credentialing program for musicians in the denomination. Schell is also a member and past-Dean of the Central New York and the Rochester Chapters of the American Guild of Organists, the American Choral Directors Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.

Helvi McClelland received a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, where her teachers were Orazio Frugoni and Maria Luisa Faini. Currently, she is the pianist for Grasshopper Productions, an artistic eurythmy group directed by Jeanne SimonMacDonald and based in Copake, New York. She also accompanies singers and instrumentalists and performs 2-piano music with colleagues here in Rochester. From 1989 until mid-2012, she worked as an attorney-mediator.

Join us and make a difference. On 12.12.12, the Rochester community will come together to ROC the Day and we need YOU to join us. It’s 24 hours of unprecedented community giving. And it’s your chance to make a real difference right here in the Greater Rochester region. Join us in supporting our community and ROC the Day on December 12. Find out more and commit to give at GeneseeValleyOrchestraandChorus

Thank you for joining us tonight. All of us at the Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus wish you a happy holiday season.

December 14 and 15, 2012

8 pm Hochstein Performance Hall Tickets available on line at

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Holiday Program. With Joyous Note December 2012. Perinton Presbyterian Church. Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus.

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