Thursday, November 10, 2016

CRESCENT CHORAL SOCIETY RETURNS FOR 35TH SEASON WITH NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Photo – Crescent Choral Society excited to have new Artistic Director, Clifford Parrish, as he cCrescent Choral Society will perform a selection of English choral music as the Crescent Choral Society's first performance of Crescent Concerts' 35th season, and its first concert under the direction of Crescent Concerts' new Artistic Director, Clifford Parrish.

I Was Glad

WHEN: Saturday, November 12, at 7 pm
WHERE: Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield
Ample free, secure parking in Church lot (Entrance on 1st Place - connected to church by walkway)
TICKETS: General Admission-$20, Seniors-$15, Students-$5. 
Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the concert, or are available during normal business hours at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church office.  Please call 908-756-2468 or visit http://crescentconcerts.org/ for more information about this and upcoming concerts.

England has a strong choral tradition, dating back to the Renaissance and beyond.  In I Was Glad, you will hear music from Renaissance composer William Byrd, Baroque composer Henry Purcell, 20th century composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and even contemporary composers like John Tavener.  The Choral Society will be performing two majestic pieces composed for the coronations of British monarchs—Handel's "The King Shall Rejoice," composed for the coronation of King George II, and Hubert Parry's "I Was Glad," performed at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II—and pieces celebrating works of British literature—Tavener's setting of the (possibly mad) 18th century poet William Blake's "The Lamb" and Britten's setting of the (definitely mad) 18th century minister Christopher Smart's "Jubilate Agno" (Rejoice in the Lamb).

In other words, you don't have to be an Anglophile or a choral music enthusiast, and you don't have to be a partisan of contemporary or early music.  This concert has something for everyone, and will be sure to delight.

The Crescent Choral Society will be accompanied by Brenda Day, on Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church’s beautiful Adams organ.

Photo: Crescent Choral Society excited to have new Artistic Director, Clifford Parrish conduct his first concert with the Choral Society