Harmonium Explores Shadows and Light in "Dark Night of the Soul"

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Credits: Photo by Petter Solheim
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MORRISTOWN, N.J. -- Harmonium Choral Society, led by artistic director Dr. Anne Matlack,  presents their next concert “Dark Night of the Soul” featuring the mesmerizing title work by young Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo.

"Dark Night of the Soul" is a setting of the medieval poem by 16th-century mystic St. John of the Cross, with a driving piano accompaniment, string quartet, chorus and soaring soprano solo. The 100-voice chorus will also present the world premiere of the complete choral cycle of "Farlorn Alemen" by Philadelphia composer Andrea Clearfield.

The work is set to Yiddish poetry by Sima Yashonksy-Feitelson, a Holocaust survivor. The concert highlights Brooklyn-based, Drew University professor Trevor Weston’s “Ashes” and choral guru Eric Whitacre’s “little man in a hurry.” Paul Halley, Reed Criddle and Kenneth Lampl round out the program's living composers, balanced by works of Schütz, Purcell, Morales and more. The select Harmonium Chamber Singers will also be featured.

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The concert will be held at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 7 and 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 South Park Place, Morristown, N.J.[Snow Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015.]

"This concert includes some of the most gorgeous music you’ve possibly never heard before but will want to hear again," says Dr. Matlack. "It also make a challenging debut concert for our new accompanist, Helen Raymaker of Madison, who we are thrilled to have joining us."

General admission tickets for "Dark Night of the Soul" are $25 at the door ($20 for students/seniors). Discount tickets purchased on or before February 27th are $20 ($15 for students and seniors). Group discount tickets are also available at $10 a ticket for orders of 10 or more if purchased before February 27th. Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.harmonium.org. You may also send an email to sales@harmonium.org or call 973-538-6969 for more information. Large print or Braille programs will be made available if requested in advance.

 

ABOUT HARMONIUM CHORAL SOCIETY

Harmonium Choral Society, based in Morris County, is one of New Jersey’s leading choral arts organizations. The 100-voice choral society has been widely 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 Marty Sedek, and others. One-third of Harmonium’s singing members are music educators. Directed by Dr. Anne J. Matlack of Madison, Harmonium’s season consists of four major subscription concerts held in December, March, April and June, as well as numerous special events and partnerships. Harmonium also sponsors musicianship workshops and an Outreach Chorus which performs in schools, nursing homes and other venues. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, the Eastern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association and at the opening convocation of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) Region II Convention.

 

Harmonium sponsors an annual High School Student Choral Composition Contest, celebrating its 18th year anniversary this season. This innovative program recently won the prestigious Chorus America Education and Outreach Award. For more information about the student composition contest, visit www.harmonium.org/contest.shtml.

 

Harmonium has toured internationally to England and Wales, Eastern Europe, Northern Italy, Spain and Portugal, and most recently, Greece and Turkey.

 

Funding has been made possible in part by funds from Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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