The 35 piece “Community Choir” is nearing the end of their Lenten Journey of learning the “Requiem” by John Rutter. Under the baton of John Wilder, the group has been rehearsing every Sunday afternoon since Jan. 31, alternating rehearsal sites between Salamanca and Ellicottville, since the members come from both areas, and even as far away as Bradford, PA.
The concert for this production will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 18 at the Holy Name of Mary Church on Jefferson Street in Ellicottville. A free will offering will be taken to support the food pantry of Western N.Y. housed in the United Church on Elizabeth Street, one of the rehearsal sites for the choir. The Holy Name of Mary Church is also a sponsor for the concert, providing funds to offset the costs of music rental for the small orchestra which will accompany the choir.
The upcoming concert is the brainchild of Annette Ieda, director of the Ellicottville Christmas Cantata. She was able to attend a production of the “Requiem” at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown, a couple of weeks before the Cantata Concert. She was so inspired that she wanted to do the same thing before Easter with singers from the Ellicottville/Salamanca area, so she invited her choir members to re-organize a few weeks later to prepare for the March Concert. About 20 pre-registered, and fifteen more singers joined the group in January.
Annette has been the “rehearsal pianist” for the choir, and has organized six other musicians to comprise a small orchestra to accompany the choir for their concert. She commented, “I can’t wait to hear the Requiem Choir accompanied by harp, tympani, flute, oboe, glockenspiel, cello, and organ! The acoustics in the Catholic Church will be perfect for this combination. The music is some of the best ever written and the choir is doing a great job It should be a meaningful and life-changing experience for us. Now all we need is an audience!
Please plan to attend on March 18 at 7 p.m. You won’t be disappointed!