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Sounds of autumn Harmonia plans a 'Fall Benediction'

The Harmonia Chamber Singers tackle Gregorian chant to gospel, Byrd to the Birds. Well, they say Byrd to the Beatles. But the point is the same: Harmonia, one of the latest additions to Buffalo's rich choral scene, recognizes no boundaries.

This weekend, the choir and its intrepid director, Robert Pacillo, have dreamed up a concert called "A Fall Benediction." Featured is the Creed from Palestrina's Pope Marcellus Mass. The piece means a lot to Pacillo. "The first time I heard Palestrina, the 'Pope Marcellus Mass,' it inspired me to sing," he says.

Also on the program: the Swingle Singers' version of Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," Bruckner's "Os Justi," three songs by Francois Poulenc, Eric Whitacre's "Water Night," and more.

Harmonia sings at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John the Baptist Church, 168 Chestnut St., Lockport. And the concert repeats at 3 p.m. Sunday in Buffalo at Holy Angels Church, 348 Porter Ave.

A $10 donation is requested. For information, visit www.HarmoniaCS.org.

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