Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 13, 2015

4:00 p.m.

The Clemens Center, Elmira, NY 

Featuring Amanda Kohl, Ivy Walz,

and the Chorus of the Southern Finger Lakes!


Single Tickets: $45 - $30 - $15

Students with ID: $10

Children under 18: $8

See below for programming and guest artist bios!

Holiday Concert Guest Artists

 Amanda Kohl, soprano 

Amanda Kohl, lyric soprano, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School
of Music and a Master’s of Music degree from Indiana University. In August of 2010 Ms. Kohl attended V.O.I.C.Experience, singing the role of Mimi under the direction of Tito Copobianco. Also in 2010, she appeared in Hartford Opera Theatre’s “New in November”. Being a strong advocate for new music, she has premiered several works including commissions by ASCAP and the Society for Composers, Inc. In 2012 Ms. Kohl was featured on the 'Parma' record label with renowned Julliard String Quartet violinist, Joseph Lin, in ‘Wing Over Wing’ by award winning composer Eric Nathan. Ms. Kohl also appears on Navona Records newly released (Jan. 2014), ‘Polarities,’ singing ‘Vox dilecti mei,’ a chamber piece for Soprano, Flute, Oboe and Cello by Katherine Saxon. In January 2013, she traveled to Italy to perform for ‘Broadway in Ravello,’ a series of broadway reviews on the Almafi Coast. Additionally, in November of this year she will be joining several artists in ‘Bountiful Broadway,’ a concert conceived of and conducted by Phantom of The Opera conductor Tim Stella. She has maintained a thriving voice studio in the greater Hartford area and was appointed to the Adjunct Faculty at Connecticut College in Fall of 2013. 


Ivy Walz, mezzo soprano

Ivy Walz, mezzo soprano, is a performer of dramatic intrigue and musical sophistication. She has performed on the opera stage with nationally acclaimed houses such as Cincinnati Opera, Syracuse Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, the Spoleto Festival and Tri-Cities Opera. A proponent of modern opera, she recently performed the role of Helena in Il Sogno with the newly formed Opera Ithaca. A lauded oratorio artist, she has performed many solo roles with professional orchestras. Recent highlights include Handel’s Messiah with Symphoria, Mozart’s Requiem with Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Mozart'sMass in C minorwith Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. This season she will perform the mezzo role in Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes as well as Berio’s Folk Songs with the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra. She recently performed Brahms’ Opus 91 and selected Lieder on the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble concert. She has been recognized for her creative recital programming of contemporary American Art Song. Recent recitals include “I Dream a World”, a recital of African American Art Song, and “Shades of Love; A Modern Woman’s Journey of Life and Love”. Ms. Walz is a dedicated teaching artist, and is on the voice faculty at Ithaca College, School of Music. 

The 2015-2016 Season

 Welcome to the OSFL 2015-2016 Season!

Our Opening Concert at the Clemens Center on Saturday, September 19, 2015 will feature Guest Pianist Charis Dimaras performing Piano Concerto by Scriabin. The program will also include In the Steppes of Central Asia by Borodin and Symphony No. 4 by Tchaikovsky.

The annual Holiday Concert this year at the Clemens Center on December 13, 2015, will be a festival of enchanting holiday masterpieces, including selections from Handel's Messiah and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, and other favorites. Don’t miss joining with friends, family and the Chorus of the Southern Finger Lakes in a holiday sing-along.

The Spring Concert at the Clemens Center on Sunday March 6, 2016 will introduce you to young violinist Miranda Werner, 2015 winner of our annual Hertzog Competition.  Your subscription ensures you won’t miss this opportunity to see classical music’s next rising superstar!

The Mother’s Day Eve Concert at Corning Museum of Glass on Saturday, May 7, 2016 will feature guest artist Chelsea Starbuck Smith on violin performing Violin Concerto by Sibelius. The program will also include Blumine by Mahler, Heart Throb by Duffy, and the conclusion to the season the Grand Canyon Suite by Grofe.

Don’t forget to purchase your Chamber Series – Musicians’ Choice Subscription, presented at the Rockwell Museum. You get all three concerts for only $75.00. Seating is limited, so a subscription will guarantee you a seat at this sold out event!

You can see both the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes four concert season, and the Rockwell Chamber Series Musicians' Choice three concert season on this printable PDF:  2015-2016 Season Rack Card

Opening Season Concert

Saturday, September 19, 2015      

7:30 PM Clemens Center, Elmira     

Charis Dimaras, Piano

Smith The Star-Spangled Banner     

Borodin In the Steppes of Central Asia           

Scriabin Piano Concerto                      

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4


Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 13, 2015       

4:00 PM Clemens Center, Elmira        

Ivy Walz, ​Mezzo Soprano and ​Amanda Kohl, ​Soprano

With the Chorus of the Southern Finger Lakes 


Handel Selections from Messiah

Tchaikovsky Waltz of the Flowers

Gray Light the Candles of Freedom

Dragon Jingle Bells Fantasie

Brown ​Christmas Lullaby from Songs of the New World

Rodgers My Favorite Things from the Sound of Music

Cahn-Styne Christmas Waltz 

Jackson Let There Be Peace on Earth 

Sing-Along Holiday Favorites

Anderson Sleigh Ride

Spring Concert

Sunday, March 6, 2016             

4:00 PM Clemens Center, Elmira               

With the Youth Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Junior String Ensemble and the Chorus of the Southern Finger Lakes                                  

Vocal Solist: Ivy Walz

Tchaikovsky Marche Slave 

Concerto 2015 Hertzog Competition Winner 

Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf

Stravinsky The Song of the Volga Boatman

Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky



Mother’s Day Eve Concert

Saturday,  May 7, 2016              

7:30 PM Corning Museum of Glass               

Chelsea Starbuck Smith, Violin 

Duffy Heart Throb                                      

Mahler Blumine (Flora)  

Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor

Grofe Grand Canyon Suite