The Keuka College Chorale and the Chinese Choral Society of Rochester (CCSR) will be featured in a concert Sunday, March 16, at 3 p.m. in Norton Chapel.
The concert, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and will be followed by a reception in the Alumni Lounge in Ball Hall. Authentic Chinese food will be served.
“The Chorale is two-thirds Chinese and Vietnamese students, and I was thinking about how hard they have to work to learn, understand, and sing in English,” said Hamilton. “I wondered how our American students would fare learning a piece of music in Chinese.”
Enter CCSR, which promotes the appreciation of Chinese culture through chorus practices and concert performances. The group has been invited to perform in Ottawa, Toronto, and New York City, and has received grants from the Arts & Cultural Council of Greater Rochester.
“I contacted the choral society and wanted to know if they would come for a combined concert,” said Hamilton. “David Chin, the conductor and music director, thought it was a great idea.”
According to Hamilton, the Chorale will sing three selections, and she will perform a solo. Then, CCSR will take the stage. Their performance will feature Chinese soprano soloist, Ai-Ze Wang. The concert will end with both groups combining on two Chinese pieces—“Moon” and “Rasa Sayang,” conducted by Chin, and the final musical selection “Blessing,” sung in English and conducted by Hamilton.
A native of Beijing, China, Wang received her bachelor’s degree from Coe College, a master’s degree in voice from Kansas State University, and a master’s degree in opera from Temple University. She taught voice at Coe College, performed with the Coe Baroque Ensemble, and has studied and performed in Italy. A recording artist, Wang has sung with the Central Opera House of China in Beijing and performed leading roles with the Opera Theatre of Rochester.
Chin serves as adjunct professor of music at Roberts Wesleyan College, where he is the director of choral activities and conducts the Roberts Wesleyan Chorale.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in choral and piano performance from Liberty University and was awarded both Outstanding Music Student and Keyboard Student of the Year in 2010. He earned his master of music degree in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and completed his Piano Associate Diploma (ATCL) at Trinity College in London. Chin was awarded the Charles W. Kennett Scholarship and the Herman Genhart Choral Conducting Scholar Award by the Eastman School of Music.
Chin has served as the guest conductor of the International Christian Choral Conductor Society, and conducted the opening concerts of the new Eastman School Bach Cantata Series and the Hong Kong Bach Cantata Lecture Concert. He taught at the World Sacred Music Conferences in Auckland, New Zealand and Medan, Indonesia, and was selected to attend the Sarteano Chamber Music Workshop in Italy and Helmuth Rilling’s Masterclass in Hong Kong.
Recent highlights include conducting performances of Bach’s St. John Passion; Handel’s Messiah; Vivaldi’s Gloria; and Mozart’s Missa Brevis in G, among others. He has also conducted selections by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Duruflé, Sibelius, and Samuel Barber; and recently performed piano works by Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and Debussy.
Currently a member of the renowned Christ Church Schola Cantorum in Rochester, Chin also sings with the Voices ensemble, Eastman Chorale, and Eastman-Rochester Chorus. He has conducted the Eastman Repertory Singers and Eastman Chorale, and served as the accompanist of the Eastman Women’s Chorus.
While the concert is free, donations will be accepted for purchase of new music, instruments, and other items needed for the advancement of the music program.