June 5, 2016
BCAS’s 50th Anniversary Season culminated in a once-in-a-lifetime concert featuring world-renowned composer and conductor Dr. Z. Randall Stroope as guest conductor. The concert featured the premiere performance of O Lux Beatissima, specially commissioned in honor of the chorus’s 50th Anniversary.
BCAS members perform with Foreigner live at Seneca Niagara Casino.
BCAS began its 50th Anniversary Season. True to founder Robert Schulz’s dream of creating an “everyman’s chorus”, Buffalo Choral Arts Society includes singers from all walks of life who share the love of coming together to make outstanding choral music.
The chorus embarked on a concert tour in New York City surrounding the July 4th holiday. BCAS performed at famous NYC landmarks, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the United Nations. They capped off the tour with a stirring performance at the Statue of Liberty on the 4th of July.
BCAS launched its first American concert tour with performances in Washington, D.C. The choir was the first secular chorus ever invited to sing a Choral Evensong Service in the Washington National Cathedral. The ensemble also had the privilege of performing for our wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Hospital, as well as on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.
The chorus traveled north to Quebec City on a Canadian tour that concluded with a concert at the world-renowned Basilica of St. Anne de Beaupré.
BCAS was invited, along with other choirs, to sing John Rutter’s Mass of the Children at Carnegie Hall under the direction of the composer.
BCAS toured in the Provence Region of France and in Barcelona, Spain.
The chorus performed in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria, as well as in Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic.
BCAS members toured in Europe, performing in Dublin, London, Paris and in Normandy at the American Cemetery and Memorial.
BCAS performed its first Christmas concert, a tradition that has grown in popularity through the years. BCAS now performs three separate Christmas concerts at different venues in WNY.
Marcia A. Giambrone was selected to be the new conductor and music director and continued the chorus’ commitment to performing great choral works and classic choral literature.
After the passing of Robert Schulz, the chorus was reorganized as a separate, not-for-profit community chorus and John Ricca became the conductor.
BCAS was founded by the late Robert F. Schulz, a native Buffalonian who was a teacher, musician and conductor of national renown.