University Chorus to Perform Holiday Concerts

By Lauren Weeks ’18

The St. Lawrence University Chorus will celebrate Christmas this semester with their holiday program, “Angels and Shepherds,” on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

The University Chorus – which is comprised of students, faculty and Canton community members – will be accompanied by a wind sextet, including students Chandler Turpin ’19 on oboe, Nicole Williams ’19 on flute and Professor of Philosophy Laura Rediehs on the flute.

The concert will feature holiday favorites such as William Billings’ “Shiloh,” various versions of
“While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night,” “Quem Pastores Laudavere,” and the Christmas classic, “Angles we have Heard on High.” Each features a vocal composition with an instrumental accompaniment by 20th-century Italian composer Ottorino Respighi.

Director Barry Torres included that the soloists for the Respighi numbers will be young singers who have North Country connections.

“Our own José Santelices Ormazábal ’17, who is now studying opera performance at the University of South Florida, will be the tenor soloist singing the part of the shepherd,” Torres said. “Mezzo-soprano Edith Grossman, a recent (SUNY Potsdam) Crane (School of Music) graduate, will sing the role of Maria. Soprano Liamna Pestana Roche, who appeared as guest soloist with the Laurentian Singers last Christmas, will sing the role of the angel.”

For more information regarding the concert, contact the Department of Music at 315-229-5166.