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.
To open the season in November, NCS will perform Shubert’s Mass No. 5 in A-flat major, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody, and Herbolsheimer’s Thanksgiving Day, 1861: One Vacant Chair. In addition to soloists Kristen Watson, Pamela Dellal, Martin Kelly, and Thomas Jones, this concert will feature the NCS Chamber Ensemble and the NCS Men’s Chorus.
March brings a presentation of Ernest Bloch’s masterful Avodath Hakodesh, a setting of the Sabbath morning liturgy written for the American Reform congregation. Sung in Hebrew , Rick Lawrence will be the baritone soloist.
Our late Spring concert will showcase Schütz’s exquisite Musikalische Exequien with soloists Susan Consoli, Deborah Rentz-Moore and Clare McNamara.
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Heard on the Street:
Although the chorus has not been rehearsing during the summer months, much has been happening. Music Director David Carrier, President Carol Fernandez, and Past-President Michele Berman began their summers by attending the Chorus America National Convention in Seattle from June 12 -15. They were among the 500 choral conductors, administrators, singers, board members, and business members who got inspired by “Fresh Air, Fresh Ideas,” the conference hosted by the Seattle Pro Musica and the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Symphony Chorale. Highlights included an opening plenary session with composer Morten Lauridsen, compelling speakers, practical breakout sessions, and outstanding performances from Pacific Northwest ensembles. The NCS trio took away many musical and organizational ideas that will come into play during the next year. Be on the look out for works by composers of the Pacific Northwest, a redesigned NCS web page, and a new concert ticketing system. All of these should enhance your NCS experience.
NCS is always looking for outstanding choral singers. Auditions for new members will be held at Eliot Church in Newton Corner on September 10. For an audition appointment contact Roz Walter at [email protected] or 617-364-3697.
The Newton Choral Society is an inherent part of the fabric of Newton. On May 18, the Outreach Chorus of NCS gave some elders of the community a musical experience by performing special concerts for the residents of the Stone Institute in Newton and Wingate in Needham. The concert repertoire included classical pieces, spirituals, Broadway tunes, and a lively sing-a-long. NCS member Ken McIntosh conducted and NCS rehearsal pianist Mark Feldhusen provided the piano accompaniment .
On May 5, Newton held its first community-sing modeled after a choral festival in Estonia where 30% of the country's residents show up to sing together! NCS was one of the sponsors of this event led by well-known song-leader Nick Page. The initial event was so successful that another is being planned. Come join in next time and let your voice be heard.
During our 2012-13 season, NCS partnered with the Choral Department of the New England Conservatory of Music and sponsored a conducting internship. As a result, Darrel Whidden, a second year student pursuing a Masters of Choral Conducting, became NCS assistant conductor for the year. In September he begins his career at Canton High School as their new choral director with responsibility for a concert choir, an advanced chorale, and an extra curricular auditioned choir. Having worked with Darrel last year, we understand how fortunate the Canton students are. We wish him the best.
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