Battenkill Chorale presents royal masterworks of Mozart and Handel

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — The Battenkill Chorale celebrates its 25th season with Coronation: Royal Masterworks of Mozart and Handel. The concert, which includes operatic soloists and full orchestra, will be performed on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. at the Arthur Zankel Music Center on the campus of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

This concert will be conducted by the Battenkill Chorale's new artistic director, Noah Palmer. He takes over from founding director, Janet McGhee, who retired.

To celebrate the Chorale's 25th anniversary, this concert features crowning masterpieces filled with festive energy and enthusiasm. The first half of the program features three of Handel's Coronation Anthems, which were composed to be played at the coronation ceremonies of kings and queens of England. The first half will open with the famous Arrival of the Queen of Sheba for strings and oboe duet.

The crown jewel of the program is Mozart's Coronation Mass, which closes out the concert. This is Mozart at his best — exquisitely gorgeous melodies paired with thrilling rhythmic drive.

Palmer, a conductor and pianist, is one of the Capital Region's most in demand collaborators. In addition to being artistic director of the Battenkill Chorale, he is assistant director and accompanist of Albany Pro Musica, assistant conductor of the Broad Street Chorale and Orchestra in Kinderhook, New York, and music director of the Skidmore College Opera Workshop. In 2019, he founded the Palmer Quartet, a piano quartet based in New York's Hudson Valley.

Palmer has served on the music staff at the Midwest Institute of Opera, the Merola Opera Program, Sarasota Opera, and Opera North. In April he debuted with the Battenkill Chorale as their guest conductor.

Tickets are $25, and can be purchased 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 25 years ago and is recognized as one of the premier amateur choruses in the North Country and Capitol Regions.

For more information visit battenkillchorale.org.

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