Harmonium Choral Society will host a Gala Event and Fundraiser to honor and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Dr. Anne Matlack as Artistic Director. The event, titled "The Artistry of Anne Matlack: Celebrating 25 Years of Visionary Leadership," takes place 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the Westin Governor Morris, 2 Whippany
Road, Morristown, N.J. Ticket price is $125 and includes cocktails, dinner, silent auction, private concert by Harmonium. To purchase tickets or make a tribute gift to honor Dr. Matlack, please visit http://harmonium.org/AJM25HomePage.pdf. To join the list of corporate and patron sponsors, please visit www.harmonium.org/AJM25Sponsors.pdf.
The Visionary Leadership gala features a celebrity guest appearance by New York composer and Western Wind Vocal Ensemble baritone, Elliot Z. Levine. Dr. Matlack and Levine will lead a discussion on the importance of commissioning new works for choruses. Harmonium commissioned Levine in 1996 to compose its first major choral work, "The Cantata of the Animals," and the choir will perform Levine's "There is No Fear," "The Serpent," and an arrangement of "Shalom Aleichem" during the gala event.
In addition, guests at the event will have an opportunity to bid on valuable silent auction items, including vacation resorts in Steamboat Springs (Colo.), Sugarbush (Vt.) and Brandywine Valley, (Penn.). Other items include hot air balloon rides, Metropolitan Opera tickets, golf outings, photography portraits, theater, music lessons, gift baskets, and
certificates to some of the finest restaurants in the area. If you are not able to attend the event and would like to bid on any of the auction items online, please visit
http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/6008/auctions/6675. The online auction is now open and closes on March 2, 2013. The online auction reopens live on March 10 during the gala event, allowing bidders to participate even if they are unable to attend in person.
Throughout the years, Dr. Matlack's passion for musical excellence and innovative programming has led Harmonium to become one of the finest choral arts organizations in New Jersey. The 100-member chorus and its select 30-voice Chamber Singers are made up of committed volunteers from northern New Jersey and surrounding areas.
In addition to her work with Harmonium, Dr. Matlack is organist/choirmaster at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, N.J., where she directs a full program of children and adult choirs and a concert series, Grace Community Music. Dr. Matlack has served the Eastern Division of the American Choral Directors Association as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Community Choirs. She is active as an adjudicator and clinician. She has taught at Kean University, Lafayette College, and conducted the Yale University Freshman Chorus. Her conducting teachers have included Fenno Heath, Elmer Thomas and Earl Rivers, and workshops with Robert Shaw and Eric Ericson. She studied organ with Charles Krigbaum, Michael Schneider, and David Mulbury. She has sung in the Robert Shaw Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall and with the Yale Alumni Chorus at the Kremlin in Moscow.
She is a past recipient of the Arts Council of the Morris Area's Outstanding Professional in the Arts award and served on the board of the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance, for whom she developed the Holiday Arts Festival.
Funding has been made possible in part by funds from the Arts Council of the Morris Area through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by a grant from The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation.