This week brings two beautiful and unusual choral concerts to historic city churches.
At 7:30 p.m. Sunday,the Vocalis Chamber Choir celebrates its 10th anniversary with a concert at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (1080 Main St.). The evening features two choral masterworks with orchestra. One is Handel's Coronation Anthem "Zadok the Priest," popular in his lifetime and heard at every British coronation since 1727. The other is Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass," considered by many to be his masterpiece.
Joining Vocalis is the Camerata di Sant' Antonio and soloists. The assembled forces are also performing music by Tomas Luis de Victoria, John Tavener, James Whitbourn and Arvo Part -- as well as "Venite laudamus Dominum," commissioned by Vocalis from Norwegian composer Andrew Smith. Smith will be there. Admission is $15. Visit www.vocalischamberchoir.org.
At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the Hellenic Orthodox Church (146 West Utica St.) is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a centennial concert, a rare event featuring the Ars Nova Musicians, led by Marylouise Nanna and with the Harmonia Chamber Singers, performing Greek music.
One of the composers represented is UB graduate Christos Hatzis, now one of Canada's leading composers, with two Juno awards. Also on the program are popular songs by Manos Hadjidakis and Mikis Theodorakis. Soloists include flutist Susan Hoeppner and Bassam Bishara on the oud. Suggested donation is $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Call 882-9485 for more information.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman