2014-2015 Season

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Remembrance, Celebration and O, Fortuna!

 

 

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November is a month of remembrance as we observe All Saints Day and Veteran’s Day, also known as Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom for those who served and gave their lives in two World Wars and other conflicts.  In honor of these days of remembrance, this concert features works of great beauty and reflection.  Cantique de Jean Racine, and  Requiem by Gabriel Fauré; two works by Victoria, one of the best-regarded composers of sacred music in the late Renaissance, and I am the resurrection and the life by Morley, considered to be one of the most famous composers of secular music in Elizabethan England.

Sunday, November 16, 2014 @3pm
West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, NJ

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Spring is upon us, and brings to mind songs filled with love, joy and dance!   Elgar wrote The Bavarian Highlands, a cycle of six songs celebrating dance and love, as a remembrance of a holiday he had enjoyed in Upper Bavaria with his wife.  Parry’s I was glad is an introit commonly used in the Anglican church, and was performed at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton as well as Prince William’s parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana.  An epithalamium is a poem written specifically for the bride on the way to her marital chamber. Perhaps no poem of this class has been more universally admired than the pastoral Epithalamion of  Edmund Spenser  (1595).  Vaughan Williams’ Epithalamion, consisting of 11 movements, is based on Spenser’s poem. As he often did, Vaughan Williams incorporated the flavor of English folk songs into these songs.

Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 8pm
West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, NJ

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Carmina Burana is the name given to a manuscript of poems and dramatic texts mostly from the 11th or 12th century, although some are from the 13th century. The pieces are mostly bawdy, irreverent, and satirical. Twenty-four poems in Carmina Burana were  set to music by Carl Orff  in 1936, consisting of love songs, songs celebrating the return of spring, and songs connected with drinking and gambling.  The Pro Arte Chorale will be joined by Guest Conductor Maestro David Wroe and the NJ Festival Orchestra in the performance of this perennial favorite amongst concert-goers!

Friday, May 29, 2015 @ 8pm
West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, NJ

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