New Jersey Choral Society Announces
BERGEN COUNTY, NJ – The New Jersey Choral Society, under the direction of dynamic conductor Eric Dale Knapp, is pleased to announce its 2013/14 season. Well-known for presenting unique musical repertoire, NJCS will inspire an understanding of our diverse world through its passion, excellence and imagination throughout the season.
The season kicks off with “Ceremony of Carols,” a joyous celebration of the holidays with traditional and new songs of the season. This concert will be presented on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 at 8:00 pm at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 30 North Fullerton Ave., Montclair. A third performance will be presented on Sunday, December 8 at 4:00 pm at the West Side Presbyterian Church, 6 South Monroe St., Ridgewood. The program features “A Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten, “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind” by John Rutter, “The Winter’s Night” by Nicholas Myers, the Medieval carol “Gaudette” by Steven Sametz, and the premiere of “Snowy Evening” composed by NJCS member Rita Blacker with text by Robert Frost. Three traditional English carols will also be featured including “I Saw Three Ships” by Mack Wilberg, “Adeste Fidelis” by David Willcocks and “Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella” by Stephen Paulus. NJCS will be accompanied by organist Linda Sweetman-Waters and guitarist Roberta Wallis.
The annual Pops Spectacular, “Cantare,” celebrates music of the world with uplifting and inspirational songs. Two performances will be presented on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm at Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township. Some of the world music includes “Cantar” by Jay Althouse, “Bailando” by Greg Jasperse, “Baba Yetu” by Chris Kiagiri and Christopher Tin, “Orinoco Flow” by Kirby Shaw and Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning.” Soloists and ensembles from NJCS will be featured. As a stunning finale to the season, NJCS will present a Masterworks Concert, which promises to be a glorious evening of classical music. This performance will be presented on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm at the West Side Presbyterian Church, 6 South Monroe St., Ridgewood.
Come one hour prior to concert times for The Inside Line, an informative and intimate discussion about the music, complimentary for all ticket holders. To purchase concert tickets or for more information about NJCS events, call (201) 379-7719 or visit http://www.njcs.org.
In support of the Center for Food Action, NJCS will be collecting nonperishable food items at each concert. All venues are wheelchair accessible. Funding for NJCS programs has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.