Granite State Choral Society and
Interim Music Director Daniel Roihl
River Stones, Rails & Renaissance:
A Rochester Retrospective
March 28, 2015 • 5 pm – 9 pm
The Governor’s Inn, Rochester, NH
A musical celebration of Rochester’s history commissioned by the Granite State Choral Society and composed by Concord, NH based, Grammy-nominated composer Nicholas White, “Rochester” is a five-movement musical piece that will highlight historic persons, events, and landmarks of Rochester – even as it presents the steady growth and renewal the city is known for, using original text written specifically for the work by Elizabeth Tonkins-Agea and Diane DeVries.
GSCS is celebrating its Ruby or 40th Anniversary during the 2014-2015 season. What began in 1974 as a choral group to present the musical work Handel’s “Messiah”, has changed, grown and matured into the group we now know as the Granite State Choral Society. Under the tutelage and direction of a half a dozen directors, the group has presented two concerts series a year for every season. Works presented have not only been classical but also contemporary, folk, popular, operatic as well as music from Broadway.
In keeping with the goal for excellence and diversity, GSCS has contracted with Grammy-winning composer Nicholas White, current Chair of the Arts and Director of Chapel Music at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire to compose a brand new musical work especially for GSCS. This five movement composition will celebrate Rochester’s History and not since the early 1900’s has a musical piece been created to honor Rochester.
GSCS is also excited to announce the appointment of Daniel K. Roihl as Interim Director for the 40th Anniversary season. With a Doctorate in Choral Music, as well as extensive choral directing and performing experience, Mr. Roihl will direct GSCS as they premier their new commissioned piece “Rochester” at this Gala event.
The event will be MC’d by renowned magician and entertainer BJ Hickman, and begins with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner, 50/50 raffle, live auction, and a concert to premiere the newly commissioned work. The evening is perfect for client and social entertainment, and the proceeds help sustain our diverse range of choral music performances and community outreach.
Limited Tickets available
Entrance to the Gala
Live Concert debut of “Rochester”
A Fabulous Meal with your choice of entree (be sure to indicate how many of each during checkout):
Chicken Provencal with Tomato, Garlic, Olive Oil, Mushrooms and Onions
Grilled Filet Mignon with Garlic Demi-Glaze
Vegetarian entree available
And Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Whipped Cream
$60 pp until February 28, 2015
$65 pp starting March 1, 2015
Black Tie Optional
**Your $60/65 ticket is non-refundable and the date is not exchangeable. The event goes on even in inclement weather, but if GSCS or Governor’s Inn cancels due to severe weather or other circumstance, there are no refunds.
The Governor’s Inn Restaurant & Tavern
Foster’s Daily Democrat
Frisbie Memorial Hospital
Sweaty Turtle Entertainment
BJ Hickman Magic Shows
The Rochester Trustees
Holy Rosary Credit Union – HRCU
Donna and Ken Downes
Mr. and Mrs. Graczyk
Mark and Tina Overmyer
Special Thanks to:
Master of Ceremonies, BJ Hickman, magician and entertainer
Table Centerpiece Artist, Renda Brooks