Harmonia Chamber Singers, one of Western New York's premier vocal ensembles, is celebrating the close of its 10th season with a concert and a commissioned work by American composer Steven Sametz. The event is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at St. Joseph Cathedral, 54 Franklin St., Buffalo. There is a $10 donation at the door.
Harmonia is noted for engaging the audience with a broad spectrum of choral works, from classics to rare gems to new commissions. This concert will feature favorite works from past seasons, as well as newly presented pieces. Also featured will be the world premiere of Steven Sametz's "Echo," commissioned by Harmonia to commemorate 10 years. Harmonia will welcome several guest musicians, including David Schmude, cellist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
In keeping with its mission of educational outreach, Harmonia hosts Dr. Sametz for a brief residency as he leads a choral workshop Friday, May 20, with singers from Niagara Falls and Sweet Home high schools. The day will culminate with a 7 p.m. "preview" concert at Historic Holy Trinity, 1419 Falls St., Niagara Falls. The workshop/concert will feature one of Sametz's well-known works, "I Have Had Singing."