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Sounds of the Season
Before I went to the performance I actually attended the Holiday Light Parade and fireworks in the Village of Brockport on Sunday at 5 in the afternoon. Afterwards, I headed to the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on 152 Main Street. At the church the Brockport College- Community Chorus presented their Sounds of the Season concert. These events took place on Sunday, December 2, at 7:30 pm. The ticket cost 5 dollars, but it was a 5 dollars worth spending. The choral concert was preceded by selections of the Brockport Xylophone Ensemble that began at 7:15 pm.

John Rutter’s setting of the Magnificat, is the centerpiece of the concert. The text has been a part of Roman Catholic Vespers services for centuries. In the past, the canticle has been set by several classical composers, most notably Bach, Bruckner and Rachmaninoff. Rutter’s version, which had its premiere at Carnegie Hall in 1990, was intended to be reminiscent of “Mediterranean sunshine and celebration, evoking the spirit of the many exuberant festivals held throughout Europe in honor of the Virgin Mary.” According to musicologist John Bawden, “the work is full of energetic, syncopated rhythms and strong melodies, with more than a hint of the musical theatre from time to time.”  The Chorus’ program featured several additional holiday selections, including a setting of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Also, there was a performance by Mark and Diane DuPré who sung “Baby, It’s Cold outside.” Afterward, making a joyful noise, the Brockport Gospel Choir sung several rousing selections. At this concert you felt the great presence of the Brockport community, there was such a diverse audience from young to old, black to white, and student to residence of the village. In the beginning the Brockport Xylophone Ensemble was astounding as usual. I’ve heard them many times and at all their performances they have never let me down. They had many selections but...
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