Harmonium Choral Society presents the second program of its 2011-2012 concert season, In Sure and Certain Hope, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 2012 at the Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 S. Park Place, Morristown, N.J. The concert will feature a New Jersey première of two movements from In Sure and Certain Hope, a Requiem by Grammy-nominated composer Nicholas White. The chorus will also perform J.S. Bach’s Cantata 150, Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, Charles Ives’ Psalm 90, as well as works by Moses Hogan, Salomone Rossi, Max Janowski and others. The chorus will be accompanied by string instrumentalists from the graduate program at Montclair State University. The select Chamber Singers will be performing works by Heinrich Schütz, Victor Kalinnikov as well as a new composition by Martin A. Sedek, an exciting, young composer and faculty member at the John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University.
General admission tickets are $25 at the door and $20 for students and seniors. Tickets purchased on or before February 24 are $20 and $15 for students and seniors. To order tickets in advance, visit www.harmonium.org/paypal.shtml or send a mail order to Harmonium Choral Society, P.O. Box 1317, Morristown, NJ 07962-1317. Large print or Braille concert 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 by performing a diverse repertoire of choral music at a high artistic level. One third of Harmonium’s singing members are music educators.
Harmonium seeks to advance the choral art by sponsoring commissions, musicianship workshops, community partnerships, the high school student composition contest and other educational programs. The Harmonium Outreach Chorus performs in schools, nursing homes and other venues. Harmonium founded the Morristown Neighborhood House Children’s Chorus in 2010. They will be joining Harmonium and the New Jersey Youth Chorus in a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11 at the Morristown United Methodist Church.
Dr. Anne Matlack, Artistic Director of Harmonium since 1987, is also organist and choir director at Grace Church in Madison. Dr. Matlack was named 2003 Outstanding Arts Professional by the Arts Council of the Morris Area. Under her leadership, Harmonium received national recognition in 2009 by winning the Chorus America Education and Outreach Award. In 2010 the chorus was selected to perform for the Eastern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Philadelphia and was a finalist for the 2010 American Prize for the Arts. In July 2011 Harmonium sang at the opening convocation of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) Region II Convention.
More information about Harmonium is available at www.harmonium.org or by calling 973-538-6969.
Funding has been made possible in part by grants form 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. Funding for the instrumentalists is graciously provided by the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation