Battenkill Chorale performs spring concert

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — The Battenkill Chorale continues its 24th season with "Te Deum: New American Songs of Nature and Praise." The concert will be performed on April 27 at 7 p.m. and April 28 at 4 p.m. at the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church at 81 East Main St. in Cambridge.

The theme of natural beauty in this program is a perfect antidote to fear in our unsettled times. This program celebrates the music of Dan Forrest, whose monumental "Requiem for the Living" was performed by the Chorale in 2017. Forrest is at the forefront of a renaissance in American choral music, which combines Christian liturgical music with the complexities of concert music to create a hybrid sacred music, suitable for the gamut of amateur, community, and professional choirs. Young choral superstar Jake Runestad and veteran choir director and choral composer Donald McCullough are also featured in shorter works.

Guest conductor Noah Palmer takes to the podium following the retirement of artistic director Janet McGhee. Palmer, conductor and pianist, is one of the New York Capital Region's most in demand collaborators. He is assistant director and accompanist for Alba-ny Pro Musica, the Capital Region's leading professional choral ensemble, and assistant conductor of the Broad Street Chorale and Orchestra in Kinderhook, New York. Palmer made debuts conducting both Albany Pro Musica and the Broad Street Orchestra in 2018.

Tickets are $20, and can be purchased in advance by calling 518-692-7458 or emailing battenkilltickets@gmail.com.

The Battenkill Chorale, an un-auditioned chorus from six counties in New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont was founded twenty-four years ago by McGhee and is recognized as one of the premier amateur choruses in the North Country and Capitol Regions.

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