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From the Newton Tab November 25, 2017:
On Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 8 pm, Commonwealth Chorale celebrates the extraordinary legacy of America’s first woman composer, Amy Beach, with a performance of her Grand Mass in E-flat Major, Opus 5.
Music Director David Carrier conducts the acclaimed New England Philharmonic, the Chorale, and soloists Dana Lynne Varga, Soprano; Vera Savage, Mezzo-soprano; Matthew Anderson, Tenor; and Sean Galligan, Baritone in this large-scale, Romantic style piece.
Commonwealth Chorale presents “Triumph and Homecoming”, part of Newton’s Festival of the Arts, Saturday, May 13, 2017 8 pm, at Second Church in Newton, 60 Highland Street, West Newton.
Music Director David Carrier has chosen four composers, four unique styles that bring drama, nostalgia and simple joy to the concert’s theme: Schubert’s Mirjams Siegesgesang, with acclaimed soprano Dana Lynne Varga in the title role; Brahms’ Drei Quartette, about longing for homeland and loves lost; Grainger’s Brig Fair from British Folk-Song Settings; and Copland’s minstrel and Shaker themes from Old American Songs.
Patricia Van Ness and Newton Choral Society together again.
Poet and composer Patricia Van Ness sits in the chancel of Eliot church and listens to Newton Choral Society rehearse the piece she wrote for them 6 years earlier. Nocturnes will be repeated in the upcoming final concert of the season, Saturday, May 20, and Van Ness will be there. It’s all part of the Society’s 30th anniversary celebration. But tonight the composer is at work. She is here to decide if she likes the changes she has made to the original.
NCS Newsletter September 2013
From the Top:
Music Director David Carrier has announced the Newton Choral Society’s 2013-2014 concert season. (See sidebar “upcoming events.”) Our 38th season, “Journeys of Transformation,” surveys innovations in sacred music across the centuries. As always, NCS will bring you some of Boston’s favorite soloists and instrumentalists.
Tranquility and Solace - Fauré’s Requiem and more:
Fate, LIfe and Love - all in one evening!
Do the math for the 2011 -12 season:
1 year of exquisite music brought to you during the 36th season of NCS
2 NCS choristers appeared as soloists in Pinkham’s Wedding Cantata
5 endowment program funds sustain growth and chorus longevity
8 soloists joined us on stage at the various concerts
15 staves on the conductor’s score of the Beethoven Mass in C
28 singers performed in our outreach program
40 party-goers gathered at our major donor thank you event
45 choristers sang in the three Chamber Ensembles
51 instrumentalists accompanied us during our three-concert season
90 enthusiastic choral singers
100 hours of rehearsal by the chorus