Harmonium Choral Society’s second program of its 2010-2011 season, Consider the Heavens, will be presented at Morristown Methodist Church on the Green in Morristown March 5, at 8 p.m., and March 6, at 3 p.m. The concerts will feature the New Jersey premiere of Andrea Clearfield's Into the Blue with flute, vibraphone and piano.
Clearfield, a Philadelphia composer who hosted “salon” performances in her own home before their soaring popularity took them into a larger space in 2003, wrote the celestial piece for a Wilmington, Del., chorus in 2008.The concert also features sonorous double choir works by R. Vaughan Williams, J.C. Bach, W.H. Harris and V. Augustinas, as well as a composition by young Denville composer Martin Sedek, written for and dedicated to, Harmonium Choral Society.
Artistic Director Dr. Anne Matlack asked Sedek to set the text of W.B. Yeats’ “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.” Upon acceptance into the American Choral Directors Association composer's forum, Sedek chose to spend the week working on this piece for Harmonium to perform. “I've been a member of Harmonium for seven years now, and they've been a huge inspiration to me and a source of incredible support,” Sedek said. The select Chamber Singers will also perform.
General admission tickets at the door are $25 ($20 for students and seniors). Tickets purchased at least a week in advance receive a $5 discount. To order, go online at www.harmonium.org or send a mail order. To order by mail, write a note requesting the quantity, date, and type of tickets (regular or student/senior) desired. Send a check made out to Harmonium with the request to P.O. Box 1317, Morristown, NJ 07962-1317, Attn: Ticket Agent. Large print or Braille programs will be made available if requested in advance.
Harmonium Choral Society, based in Morris County, is a 100-voice choral society dedicated to inspiring and transforming the community through music. They perform a diverse repertoire of choral music at a high artistic level and advance the choral arts through education, commissions, and community partnerships. Chorus America awarded Harmonium its 2009 Education Outreach Award, and Harmonium was a finalist for the 2010 American Prize for the Arts. Matlack has served as Harmonium’s artistic director since 1987. She was named 2003 Outstanding Arts Professional by the Arts Council of the Morris Area, and is also organist/choir director at Grace Episcopal Church, Madison.
The March performances follow a theme set forth in its New Earth concerts in December, as Kevin Coughlin of MorristownGreen.com described: “If you don’t believe in a higher power, performances like Saturday’s Harmonium concert might make you rethink the question.”
More information about Harmonium and its 2010-2011 season is available at www.harmonium.org or by calling 973-538-6969. Funding has been made possible in part by grants 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.