by Llewellyn Lafford

Goose…PIE">Plucking the Christmas Goose…PIE


The typographically clever title above is not my creation, but I did find this cool engraving on (normally my go-to source for classic Nook reading content). The image represents, best as any, the upcoming concert by the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, with which I am pleasantly associated. (It was they who combined with the Hobart & William Smith Chorale plus invited performers for the Carmina Burana concert this past October.)

This upcoming concert, with performances December 11th and 12th, contains an assortment of absolutely delightful Christmas carols from various sources, selected by Bob Cowles, who has been directing the SVE for some 15 years. Several pieces are arranged by Jeffrey Van and there is a suite by Conrad Susa. The singing is some of the most challenging I’ve encountered and the 24 ensemble members are all first-rate musicians. I highly encourage your attendance at one of the performances.

Perhaps most importantly for some, the Christmas Pie performance will be immediately followed by a “sumptuous reception boasting a wide assortment of delicious pies.” . . .Two of which, might I add, (chocolate-bourbon-pecan and mocha-walnut) will be created by my talented wife Laurel. Ahhhh, music to my palate.

Plucking the Christmas Goose…PIE: Music for Choir and Guitar

Saturday, December 11, 2010, 7:30 PM
United Church of Fayetteville
310 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville, NY

Sunday, December 12, 2010, 3:00 PM
Liverpool First United Methodist Church
604 Oswego St., Liverpool, NY

Our second program of the season also showcases local instrumental talent as Kenneth Meyer, classical guitar, Ursula Kwasnicka, harp, and Anthony Calebrese, marimba, join the ensemble for a lovely assortment of Christmas works for chorus and guitar. The group will present traditional as well as more recently composed music for the season. As always, the Christmas Pie performance will be immediately followed by a sumptuous reception boasting a wide assortment of delicious pies.

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