NCS Newletter May 2013

August 26, 2013 - 1:13pm -- Michele Berman

Tranquility and Solace - Fauré’s Requiem and more:

Our season concludes on May 11 (details in sidebar) with five compositions, each of which elicits a sense of tranquility and solace: Fauré’s Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine, Palestrina's Sicut cervus, and Stanford's Beati quorum via and For lo, I raise up. These beautiful works, when coupled with the rich sound of the Newton Choral Society and soloists Susan Consoli and David McFerrin, will  result in a magnificent performance. This is a concert to renew your spirit. Concert tickets may be purchased at the door or on-line at


Heard on the Street - "The Creation Seemed Just Right":

On March 24, the Newton Choral Society performed Haydn's Creation at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge. The audience's enthusiastic response said it all. Additionally, Vance Koven, reviewer  for The Boston Musical Intelligencer, wrote that "the performances by the soloists [Kendra Colton, David Kravitz, and Peter Halpern] were all first-rate," and "the orchestra, containing many of Boston’s leading free-lancers, sounded superbly." He went on to praise NCS Music Director David Carrier: "Carrier hashed the chorus in mixed voices rather than deploying them in discrete sections, something a choir director does only when supremely confident of the singers’ abilities, a confidence fully justified in this case. Nor was Carrier afraid to take his singers through some brisk tempos, and all his decisions on speed, dynamics, phrasing and articulation seemed just right." To read the full review go to



The NCS Community:

The Newton Choral Society was one of eight supporters of the first Newton Community Sing on May 5. Modeled on the community programs prevalent in the Baltic countries, the sing-along was open to all ages and approximately 150 people participated. Nick Page of the Mystic Chorale conducted and Jaime Alberts of the Newton All City Singers and the Bigelow Middle School choirs organized the event.

Congratualtions to NCS conducting intern Darrel Whidden who has completed his master's degree in choral conducting at the New England Conservatory. Next fall he will be found in a very fortunate New England community teaching music and conducting school choruses. We thank Darrel for his contributions to NCS this year and wish him the best in his conducting career.

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