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SHENANGO VALLEY Chorale sets show with orchestra



Published: Thu, September 1, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



A busy season is planned for the music group.

SHARON, Pa. -- Shenango Valley Chorale will celebrate the Christmas season with a holiday performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 19 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle.

The chorale, directed by Edgar S. Groves, also is planning its annual Messiah songfest in November, and its popular Madrigal dinners in early December, in addition to Christmas concerts in New Wilmington and Sharon later that month.

Just before Christmas, Daniel Meyer, resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, will lead the orchestra and the voices of the Shenango Valley Chorale in traditional carols, holiday favorites and surprises.

It's the first time in its 33-year history that the chorale has performed with the world-renowned symphony.

Subscribers only

Tickets for the Pittsburgh Symphony holiday performance are available only to those who buy a subscription to the Pittsburgh Symphony at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. For more information, go to the symphony Web site at: http://www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

The chorale again has a busy fall-Christmas season.

The 100-voice chorale will make is fourth appearance at the Gymantha Ganu Welsh Song Fest Oct. 2 at the McKinley Memorial in Niles.

Its annual performance of Handel's "Messiah" will be at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the First Presbyterian Church, Sharon.

The chorale's Madrigal Singers will give four performances on "An Olde English Feaste" at 7 p.m. Dec. 1-Dec. 4 at Tara, A Country Inn, in Clark, Pa.

Two Christmas concerts sponsored by the chorale will be featured during the holiday season this year. The first concert is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Wallace Chapel, Westminster College, New Wilmington, and the second is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at First Presbyterian Church in Sharon.

Both concerts will include the Shenango Valley Chorale Chamber Orchestra and the Youngstown Fine Arts Brass. The Shenango Area Youth Chorus also will perform. Go to www/shenangovalleychorale.com for more information.

Groves, in his 11th year as chorale director and conductor, will meet with people interested in joining the chorale from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Penn State Forum. Reserve a time by calling (724) 301-7832.

Rehearsals begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Forum, with registration at 6:30 p.m.




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