The Battenkill Chorale, Janet McGhee Artistic Director, opens its 23d season with Giuseppe Verdi’s monumental Requiem for soloists, chorus, and 48-piece orchestra on Saturday and Sunday, January 20th and 21st, both at 3pm at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance by calling (518) 692-7458 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. These will be McGhee’s final concerts of the season before she undergoes shoulder surgery in February. Verdi’s dramatic Requiem is a towering masterpiece and one of the most widely acclaimed choral works of all time. Soloists include Skidmore College Artist-In-Residence Sylvia Stoner, Florida State University Assistant Professor Sahoko Sato Timpone, spinto verismo tenor Jorge Pita Carreras, and Williams College Artist Associate in Voice Keith Kibler. Soprano Sylvia Stoner, mezzo-soprano Sahoko Sato Timpone, tenor Jorge Pita Carreras, and bass-baritone Keith Kibler are award-winning singers who have sung internationally at major summer festivals, appeared in concert and in opera roles and on the Broadway stage. Timpone most recently received critical acclaim in the New York Times for her role in the recent off-Broadway hit, “¡Figaro! (90210)” and earned her Doctorate at Rutgers University. Carreras is a favorite of major opera and symphony conductors worldwide, beginning his vocal study under the guidance of Placido Domingo before continuing at Indiana University. Stoner is a versatile performer who has also appeared on stage with numerous American theater companies. She obtained her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Kansas. Kibler made his national debuts at the age of twenty-four with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the Boston Symphony under Seiji Ozawa and earned his Doctorate at Yale University and the Eastman School of Music. The Battenkill Chorale, a 110-voice unauditioned chorus from six counties in New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont founded twenty-three years ago by Artistic Director Janet McGhee, has matured into what is now recognized as one of the premier amateur choruses in the North Country and Capitol Regions. While McGhee is recovering from shoulder surgery this spring, Gene Marie Callahan will be Battenkill Chorale guest conductor in a program of Belgian and French music for chorus, brass, and organ.