Catskill Choral Society will bring a touch of old and new to its spring concert this year. The group will perform Rachmaninoff’s Vespers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the First United Methodist Church at 66 Chestnut St. in Oneonta.
Soloists Steven Nanni and Kasey Stewart will be featured.
Making its debut will be the Catskill Choral Society Youth Choir. The group is composed of children ages 7 to 14 from local communities including Franklin, Otego, Oneonta, Cooperstown, Cherry Valley and Milford. The Youth Choir is under the direction of Catskill Choral Society Artistic Director and Conductor R. Colin Armstrong, and accompanied by Timothy Horne.
Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers,” also known as “All-Night Vigil, Op. 37,” is based on chants of the Russian Orthodox Church. The piece, written in 1915 during a time of war for Russia, will be sung in Rachmaninoff’s native Russian.
Tickets are available in Oneonta at The Plains at Parish Homestead, Green Earth and Artware; in Cooperstown at Augur’s Corner Bookstore; in Unadilla at Country Computers & Publishing; in Sidney at Corky’s Wine & Spirits; from any CCS members; and at www.catskillchoralsociety.org. For more information, call 431-6060.