Chorale season opens Sunday

— The sounds of music will soon be heard all around Albany, as one of the city’s best-loved musical groups prepares to begin a new season.

The Albany Chorale, a community chorus, will be opening its 2011-12 concert series at 3 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Albany.

Tickets for the show are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. They will be available at the door or in advance at Place on the Pointe.

The group will be performing a number of religious works, including the cantata “Rejoice in the Lamb” by Benjamin Britten. Britten was a British composer who began writing music before the age of ten, according to Stanford University. “Rejoice in the Lamb” was written in 1943.

The season will run through May, with a fundraiser event taking place next July.

Events planned throughout the season include two Christmas performances. The Chorale will be a part of the annual Peppermint Pops with the Albany Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 10, and a sing-along of Handel’s “Messiah” is scheduled for Dec. 12. The Chorale is inviting any and all choral groups from churches, schools, colleges and other organizations to participate in the “Messiah” sing-along, which will take place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Albany.

In the spring, a performance of Brahm’s “Requiem” is planned.

The Albany Chorale is a musical chorus made up of volunteers from all walks of life, who just enjoy making music.

The Chorale was established in 1966 as the Albany Community Chorus. In 1991 it became the Albany Chorale.