Tuesday, May 27, 2014



WHEN: Sunday, June 1, at 3 PM. All ticket holders are invited to attend a free pre-concert lecture at 2.15 PM by Dr. Barbara Thomson prior to the performance.
Ridge Performing Arts Center (Ridge High School), 268 South Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge
TICKETS: $25-$75, Students $12
Tickets are available on line at, by phone at 973.408.3978.

Join New Jersey Festival Orchestra, David Wroe Music Director, and Morristown’s Harmonium Choral Society for one of the grandest and most moving works in the entire classical repertoire: Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony.

The Resurrection Symphony was the first of the Austrian composer's symphonies to make use of voices and words as well as the orchestra. A project as big as this demands powerful voices hence the orchestra’s partnership with Harmonium Choral Society, one of NJ’s finest choral organizations under the direction of Dr. Anne Matlack, as well as with special guests Ridge High School A Cappella Honors Chorus.

Two renowned soloists, soprano Lianne Coble and mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft, also join the group for this rousing collaborative performance.

Lauded by the New York Times as having a voice of “melting, devotional sweetness”, American soprano Lianne Coble (right) is a sought-after concert, operatic, and chamber music artist who has soloed with leading American orchestras and is on the choral roster of Musica Sacra, the Clarion Music Society, Seraphic Fire, and the Metropolitan Opera.

Sarah Nelson Craft (left) with a “warm mezzo-soprano [that] flutters so effortlessly” is a versatile singer who has performed as a soloist in opera, oratorio and song with leading American orchestras at Lincoln Center and beyond.

Tracing a journey from dark despair to the light of rebirth, to glorious rapture and hope, this colossal performance full of gorgeous melodies and sumptuous colors combines passion, hair-raising terror, poignant intimacy, sublime exhilaration and fanfares of triumph. Audiences can expect monumental sound and explosive results.

The not-to-be-missed collaboration titled Rebirth and Renewal has been made possible through the generous support of the the NJ State Council on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.