Battenkill Chorale presents 'Children of the Holocaust: Immigrants of Hope'

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SARATOGA, N.Y. — The Battenkill Chorale opens its 24th season with "Children of the Holocaust, Immigrants of Hope" featuring "Annelies" by James Whitbourn with English texts translated from Anne Frank's diary, soprano soloist Sylvia Stoner, and chamber ensemble. Also on the program are Ronald Perera's "The Golden Door," a cantata based on interviews with immigrants who passed through Ellis Island, and "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" by Charles Davidson, with texts written by children at Terezin concentration camp and performed by the Glens Falls Symphony Children's Chorus.

Performances are Jan. 19 and 20, both at 3 p.m., at Skidmore's Zankel Music Center. Tickets are $20, and may be purchased after by calling 518-692-7458 or emailing battenkilltickets@gmail.com.

Soprano soloist Sylvia Stoner, Artist-in-Residence at Skidmore College, is an award-winning versatile performer who has also appeared on stage with numerous American theater companies. She obtained her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Kansas.

The Glens Falls Symphony Children's Chorus is one of the region's finest children's choruses. Director Meredith Reed received her Masters in Music Education from Westminster Choir College and is devoted to training young singers to a high level of performance in a variety of musical styles.

These will be Janet McGhee's final concert as artistic director before she retires from the podium. The Battenkill Chorale — a 70-voice un-auditioned chorus from six counties in New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont — was founded twenty-four years ago by McGhee, and has matured into what is now recognized as one of the premier amateur choruses in the North Country and Capitol Regions.

A search for the next artistic director is in process, which will include a series of guest conductors. Qualified applicants should contact chorale president Linda Anderson at battenkillchorale402@gmail.com or 518-677-3544.

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