Tuesday, November 29, 2016

HARMONIUM CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS “WINTER SKIES”

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WINTER SKIES

WHEN: Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm 
WHERE: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 121 South St. at Miller Road, Morristown, NJ

WHEN: Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm
WHERE:
St. Mary’s Abbey at Delbarton, 230 Mendham Road, Morristown, NJ. Please note the new venue for Sunday afternoon.

TICKETS: General admission tickets are $30 ($25 for students and seniors). Tickets purchased by December 3rd are $25 ($20 for students and seniors). Advance ticket reservations are recommended as the December concert tends to sell out. 
Subscription tickets to all four choral programs during the 2016-2017 Harmonium concert season (December, March, April, and June) are available for $70 ($50 for students and seniors). 
Please visit https://harmonium.yapsody.com/ to purchase tickets.  For assistance or more information, contact manager@harmonium.org or 973-538-6969.

Artistic Director Dr. Anne J. Matlack leads the acclaimed 100-voice choral society in presenting a luminous program featuring Frank Martin’s double choir Mass. The concert also features works by Esenvalds, Dove, Sweelinck, and Fairouz; Swiss and Dutch carols; and multicultural gems.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA“Frank Martin’s Mass has been called the perfect “Swiss” work—with its tension between Germanic counterpoint and sensuous French harmonies,” explains Dr. Matlack. “It is a hugely important work of the 20th century choral canon, often neglected because of its difficulty—yet it has amazing audience appeal. Because Martin spent much of his life in the Netherlands as well, we are performing a charming set of Dutch carols, which is a new language for Harmonium to sing in and a fun challenge.  We also continue our love affair with Latvian-American composer Erik Esenvalds, performing two works about the Northern Lights, including the use of water glasses and chimes.”

Harmonium Choral Society, based in Morris County, is one of New Jersey's leading choral arts organizations. The 100-voice choral society has been recognized for its musical excellence and innovative programming, and has commissioned and premiered works by Amanda Harberg, Matthew Harris, Elliot Z. Levine, Harmonium's composers-in-residence Mark Miller and Marty Sedek, and others. Directed by Dr. Anne J. Matlack of Madison, Harmonium’s season consists of four subscription concerts held in December, March, April, and June, as well as numerous special events and partnerships.  Harmonium, known for its eclectic programming, choral excellence, and community spirit, sponsors commissions and musicianship workshops, as well as an Outreach Chorus that performs in schools, nursing homes, and other venues.  Harmonium’s annual High School Student Choral Composition Contest, winner of the prestigious Chorus America Education and Outreach Award, celebrates its 20th anniversary this season. Harmonium has toured internationally to England and Wales, Eastern Europe, Northern Italy, Spain and Portugal, and Greece and Turkey, and most recently traveled to the Baltics this past summer.