Corning Community College and the Cantata Singers invite members of the community to “Beyond Any One Life,” a concert that features Corning Community College’s performing ensembles, the Cantana Singers, poetry of Edward Dougherty, music of Will Wickham, and more. The performance celebrates the College’s 60th anniversary and will be held at the Corning Museum of Glass (1 Museum Way, Corning, N.Y.) on April 29, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. Admission is complimentary.
“Every piece performed in this concert is a premiere,” said Wickham. “We are excited to showcase instrumental, choral, and read poetry for our guests and even more excited that the works will be presented by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the community. The collaboration with the Cantata Singers makes this performance an incredibly special event.”
Song writers and musicians have been working on this performance for nearly a year. According to Wickham, guests can expect to be treated to an eclectic selection of works that range from dreamy to energetic and have been influenced by genres including country pop, jazz, and celtic.
The Cantata Singers, a community-based choral organization, was founded in Elmira, N.Y., in 1964. Its repertoire includes both sacred and secular music from Bach to the Renaissance to the works of contemporary composers. The organization was invited to sing in the Distinguished Concerts International New York North American premier performance of a work by Sir Karl Jenkins, "Cantata Memoria," at Carnegie Hall in January 2017.
Wickham, part-time professor of Music Theory at CCC and music director for the Cantata Singers, has regularly served as music director of annual CCC spring musicals since 2010. A composer by training, Wickham enjoys creating a wide variety of music, specializing in choral works. He has written purely concert works for choir, orchestra, and various combinations of instruments and voices, including some works for theater and for a short movie.
Dougherty is a full-time professor of English at CCC. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University and has published four collections of poetry and five chapbooks. In 2015 he published Everyday Objects (Plan View) and House of Green Water (FootHills Publishing).