The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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November 27, 2013

Popular concert series returns

Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — The next Eastman at Albion Courthouse Square concert will be neighborly and festive, as holiday celebrations should be.

The Genesee Chorale, a top-notch amateur singing ensemble from the county due south, will traverse Route 98 - “over the river and through the woods” (past cornfields and mucklands, too) - to present a program of “Christmas Peace” at 3 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the First Presbyterian Church in Albion.

Familiar favorites such as “Jingle Bells,” “Star in the East” and “Go Tell It On the Mountain,” will mingle with newer selections, including “What Strangers Are These?” by Dan Forrest, and “The Yearning,” by Craig Courtney. Directing the choir will be another neighbor, Ric Jones, of Medina.

“We are excited and honored to be the featured group for this year’s Eastman at Albion Christmas concert,” Jones said. “Upon our founding in 1971, the Genesee Chorale was made up of primarily Albion and Batavia residents, so this is a ‘coming home’ of sorts for the group. Personally, I am so pleased to be able to share this fantastic group with my home area and county. Christmas-time is undoubtedly the best possible time to bring two fantastic communities together through music.” 

Concert organizers Diane Palmer and Maarit Vaga agreed. They recognized the Christmas concert has become a tradition for many in the area. “This is a wonderful time of year and we will celebrate the season together in this special concert,” stated Vaga. 

Joining the Chorale will be musical guests from the Albion High School instrumental ensembles, as well as Albionite vocalist Alec Sherman, who will present a special song in memory of loved ones who will be missed this holiday season. As tradition holds, an audience sing-along will be part of the program. 

Tickets cost $5 each. Proceeds will benefit Albion Alumni High School Foundation Scholarships. Find more information and tickets at A Lily and A Sparrow in Medina; Bindings Bookstore, Bloom’s Flower Shop, The Crooked Door Tavern and Fischer’s Newsroom in Albion; Roxy’s Music Store in Batavia; or online at

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