Now in its 29th season, the Eastman-Rochester Chorus (= ERC) is Rochester’s symphonic chorus, presenting choral masterworks in collaboration with the orchestras of the Eastman School of Music and the
Recent performances of the ERC have included the premiere of Dominick Argento’s Four Seascapes, Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Requiems of Mozart, Verdi and Johannes Brahms, Schumann’s Scenes from Faust, Lili Boulanger’s Psalm 130, and L.v. Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. Critic John Pitcher wrote that the L.v. Beethoven performance “was terrific in every respect…the chorus sang full-throttle, sending vocal sparks throughout the concert hall.” Pitcher’s review of the chorus’s performance of Alexander Nevsky stated that “the Eastman-Rochester Chorus performance of the of the Prokofiev cantata is the most powerful and satisfying thing I’ve heard in the city all year…The Chorus sang with unforgettable emotion.” The 2011 ERC performance of J. Brahms’ Requiem was reviewed by Stuart Low: “The Eastman-Rochester Chorus sounded well-blended and meticulously rehearsed by director William Weinert, with spot-on intonation and diction. Not even the intricate double fugue concluding Brahms’ Judgment Day portrait poised any terrors for the 150-plus singers.”
The 2011-2012 season the ERC performs Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Schubert’s Mass in A flat major and Schumann’s Transfiguration of Faust with Eastman Philharmonia.
The Director of Eastman-Rochester Chorus is William Weinert.