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Mohawk Valley Chorus to perform Christmas concerts

Mohawk Valley Chorus with accompanist Bradley Gregg, left, and director David M. Rossi, right, will perform in early December. (Photo submitted)

AMSTERDAM — Mohawk Valley Chorus will kick off its 84th season with its annual Christmas concert series in Scotia on Dec. 6, Galway on Dec. 7 and Amsterdam on Dec. 8.

The concerts will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Scotia Reformed Church, 224 N. Ballston Ave.; 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Galway High School; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Amsterdam High School.

David M. Rossi will direct the chorus in Sing a Merry Christmas, a celebration of holiday standards and contemporary tunes, with Bradley Gregg as accompanist. Guest performers include Elizabeth Hanan on bass and Andy LaCoppola on drums.

The concerts feature performances by the MVC Kids choir, directed by Theresa Jackson, and the Mohawk Valley Chamber Ensemble, directed by Stephanie Boice. Amanda Grab is the MVC Kids accompanist.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for senior citizens and students but free for children ages 12 and younger. Tickets are available in advance from chorus members and at the door before each performance.

Doors open 30 minutes before each concert. Santa Claus will be greeting guests at the door.

The Mohawk Valley Chorus was established when two organizations combined in 1948 — the Mohawk Mills Glee Club was first conducted in 1935 by John A. Gillies, and the Mohawk Carpet Mills Ladies’ Glee Club was formed by director Reginald Harris in 1941. Early financial support came from Mohawk Carpet Mills, which became Mohasco Industries. The group incorporated as the Mohawk Valley Chorus in 1962, financially self-sufficient and directed by Carl M. Steubing. Subsequently the chorus was directed by Henry F. Sullivan.

John H. Nethaway took over in 1979 and served until his retirement made way for its current director, David M. Rossi, now in his 10th year with MVC. Gregg is accompanist. This year the chorus has about 70 members from Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady and Saratoga counties.

Three student performing groups are affiliated with the Mohawk Valley Chorus: MVC Kids and the MVC Youth Chorale, directed by Theresa Jackson and Patricia Valiante and managed by Grace Frederes, and the Mohawk Valley Chamber Ensemble, directed by Stephanie Boice.

MVC’s mission is to present musical performances and to encourage cultural activities. It also affords membership to those people interested in performing — vocally, instrumentally, and/or dramatically — and makes available training opportunities under professional directors. The goal is to provide audiences an opportunity to hear a wide variety of music and to help contribute to the overall artistic and cultural development of the community.

For more information, contact Cathy Roberts at cmmeroberts@gmail.com or (518) 573-7799.

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