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2014-11-19 / Local News

Clarence singer excited about holiday performances


Parker Parker While seasonal music may not be playing on the radio yet, the snowflakes in the air and dipping temperatures mean one thing: The holidays are just around the corner.

Clarence resident Maria Parker sings with Vocalis Chamber Choir, a select ensemble of dedicated professionals based in Western New York, committed to performing great a cappella music of all eras and to cultivating an awareness of the art of choral singing. Parker and Vocális will ring in the holidays with two concerts full of the warmth and spirit of the season.

A Vocális Christmas will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at SS. Peter and Paul Church, 5480 Main St. in Williamsville. A second performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 220 North St., Buffalo.

Parker, who sings alto in the group, said the choir’s diverse portfolio of music selections is what she enjoys most about it.

“I am truly grateful to be a member of Vocalis,” Parker said. “I am afforded the opportunity to sing a vast array of musical repertoire with wonderful people who share a love of a cappella music.

“As a choir, we focus on our musicality to appropriately convey the feelings and meanings of the music we sing; that is something I truly value about Vocalis.”

In addition to being a member of Vocalis, Parker is also a full-time adult mental health therapist for Mid-Erie Counseling and Treatment Services. She also serves as a vocal lead for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Choir.

On the program during the choir’s performances next month will be selections by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten, Eric Whitacre and Sir John Tavener. Traditional and contemporary arrangements of holiday favorites including “Silent Night,” “What Child is This” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem” retell the Christmas story with Vocális’ signature a cappella style.

Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students. The doors open one half hour before the performance. For more information on the group and the 2014-15 season, visit www.Vocálischamberchoir.org.

(Story ideas for this feature can be sent to Clarence Bee Editor Steve Jagord, Bee Publications, 5564 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14221-5410 or call 204-4921.)

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