Bach's B Minor Mass
Scott Tucker, conductor
Saturday, April 16, 7:30pm
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
401 North Aurora Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra closed its administrative offices on April 3, and its Board of Trustees voted to "proceed with the dissolution of the corporation" on April 5, with plans to enter bankruptcy proceedings as soon as possible (see www.syracusesymphony.org).
The SSO Board of Trustees' decision impacts the two premier choral groups on the Cornell campus. The Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club, under the direction of Scott Tucker, were scheduled to perform J. S. Bach's Mass in B Minor on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, at the Mulroy Civic Center in Syracuse with the SSO and guest soloists, with music director Daniel Hege. The SSO's closing was a debilitating blow to the singers who were "so excited to have the chance to perform it in this professional setting." As the Priscilla Edwards Browning Director of Choral Music, Scott Tucker has been working with the two ensembles on this work since the start of this semester (and before)—it is THE large spring project. Despite the closing of the SSO, the men of the Glee Club and the women of the Chorus remain committed to performing the work, and, with their director, are planning for one performance of the Bach B-Minor Mass with twenty-four of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra players, contracted by Heidi Hoffman, and conducted by Professor Tucker.
The concert is scheduled for Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 PM, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in downtown Ithaca (Aurora and Court Sts.). The soloists include sopranos Judith Kellock and Lianne Coble, mezzo-soprano Ivy Walz, tenor David Parks, and bass Jake Gardner. Both Ms. Coble and Mr. Gardner were to have sung the Syracuse performances.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available at Ticket Center Ithaca (607/273-4497), on line at IthacaEvents.com, in the Department of Music office (101 Lincoln Hall, M–F, 8:00-4:30), and at the door. (Note that prices do not include applicable Ticket Center service fees.) Additional income will be coming from Sponsors, primarily alumni of the Glee Club and Chorus. Any profits generated will benefit the Orchestra Members Association of the Syracuse Symphony, which has a web site at: http://ssomusicians.org/ssomusicians.org/Welcome.html.