Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Harmonium Choral Society Presents “Song of the Open Road”

Mark Miller Anne Matlack 2018-01Song of the Open Road

WHEN: Saturday, March 3, at 8pm and Sunday, March 4, at 3pm
Chatham United Methodist Church, 460 Main Street, Chatham, NJ.
$25 ($20 for students and seniors - age 65+) 
Tickets purchased by February 23rd are $20 ($15 for students and seniors).  Advance ticket reservations are recommended. Ample free parking is available behind the church and at the adjacent Chatham Middle School.

Please visit https://harmonium.yapsody.com/ to purchase concert tickets.  For assistance or more information, email manager@harmonium.org or call 973-538-6969.

Artistic Director Dr. Anne J. Matlack (Above, with Mark Andrew Miller) leads the acclaimed 100-voice choral society in a concert featuring the cantata based on Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road” by composer-in-residence Mark Andrew Miller, with chamber orchestra. Harmonium commissioned and premiered this major work 10 years ago to great acclaim. The concert will feature other works to inspire us to strive on a journey toward our best selves, by Joan Szymko, Elizabeth Alexander, Stephen Hatfield, André Thomas, Daniel Gawthrop, Clara Schumann and Veljo Tormis.

Mark Miller, who splits his time between teaching at Drew and Yale, serving as music director at Christ Church in Summit, and composing, comments: “I consider ‘Song of the Open Road’ to be my musical magnum opus and my spiritual credo.  I am THRILLED that Anne Matlack and Harmonium will be performing this revival on its 10-year anniversary.”

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 Martin 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 sponsors an annual High School Student Choral Composition Contest, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in the 2016-17 season.  This innovative program won the prestigious Chorus America Education and Outreach Award. 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 in the summer of 2016.

To learn more about Harmonium, please visit www.Harmonium.org.