Resonanz to perform at Festival of Lanterns

by ROS ~ September 11th, 2012. Filed under: Event, GRCC Announcements.

Rochester, New York – August 28, 2012   Song and light will fill the night air in Maplewood during the Festival of Lanterns, September 15th at 7:30 pm in the Maplewood Rose Garden, at the corner of Lake Avenue and Driving Park in Rochester. The Maplewood Neighborhood Association, with support from the City of Rochester, is sponsoring a special FREE event at sunset on the evening of the Historic Maplewood Home Tour (Saturday, September 15th).  The festivities begin at 7:30 with a Drum Circle and a Native American Flutist.  At 8:00, the lanterns suspended from trees surrounding the main gazebo in the park will be illuminated.  Then, Resonanz, a small vocal ensemble comprised of members of the Rochester Oratorio Society, will offer musical selections including music from the Rochester Songbook, familiar Americana and popular tunes from the 1940’s through the 1980’s.  Handicap Parking will be available in the Maplewood Park/Rose Garden.  General public parking will be available at the Maplewood YMCA and on neighboring side streets.

The event commemorates Rochester architect, graphic artist and musical pioneer Claude Bragdon. Special lanterns incorporating Bragdon’s brilliant graphic designs printed on Kodak Picture Kiosks, a thermal technology donated for the event, will be displayed after dark. Most of the lanterns will be powered by solar energy provided by Renewable Rochester.

“It’s our 21st century rendition of Bragdon’s 1915 Festival of Song and Light,” according to Cheryl Lenhard, one of the event coordinators. “Bragdon staged these events with community music performers from 1915 to 1918 in Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse and New York City, incorporating ornamental lanterns.  We will light up the night with 300 lanterns including some of Claude Bragdon’s original designs as well as designs from local artist, most powered by solar energy (with the help of our friends at Renewable Rochester), with music from the beautiful voices of our own Rochester Oratorio society’s Resonanz Choir. We are especially grateful to Kodak for their assistance in creating these incredible lanterns and to U of R’s Rush Rhees Library for assisting us in securing the original Claude Bragdon lantern designs.”

The Festival of Lanterns coincides with the ever popular Maplewood Home Tour, produced by the Maplewood Neighborhood Association on Saturday, September 15th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Serving as the home tour headquarters this year is the Claude Bragdon designed Maplewood YMCA, 25 Driving Park Avenue. Built in 1916, this handsome, historically significant structure sparkles again, after an extensive $9 million renovation by the YMCA of Greater Rochester.  Tour this beautiful facility that has embodied urban renewal and is a wonderful example of what can be achieved by preserving the past, while promoting the future.  And to take the experience even further, a photo exhibit featuring the architecture of Claude Bragdon, by a local photographer, will be on display inside the YMCA the day of the home tour.  Also on the tour this year will be 5 homes including the Vanderbeck house at the corner of Lake Ave and Magee.  This beautiful Second Empire style home, built in 1874 has been lovingly restored.  The tour includes an American Foursquare turned into a Bed & Breakfast, a charming Colonial Revival, a classic Tudor and a Georgian Revival. For more information or to buy Home Tour tickets call 458-3460 or

“People can enjoy visiting the stunning residences in Maplewood and then progress to the rose Garden for a pleasant and memorable evening,” remarks Lisa Cook, Chair of the 2012 Maplewood Home Tour.

Resonanz is now in the fourth season of appearances at private and corporate events, civic gatherings and concert performances around the region.  The ensemble has twice performed live on “Backstage Pass with Julia Figueras,” a production of WXXI Public Broadcasting.  All singers are volunteer members of the Rochester Oratorio Society. Information about Resonanz and about the upcoming season of the Oratorio Society may be found at or by calling the ROS office at (585) 473-2234.

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