Harmonium Choral Society’s first program of its 2011-2012 season, "Carols and Lullabies," will be presented at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on South Street at Miller Road in Morristown at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11.  The concert will feature American composer Conrad Susa’s “Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest” with Merynda Adams, harp; Christopher Kenniff, guitar; and Joe Keefe, marimba. Susa’s work is complemented with an international feast of carols and lullabies ranging from Medieval to Yiddish, Russian to Filipino. The opening surround-sound piece will be “A Spotless Rose,” by Paul Mealor, the royal wedding composer. John Ferguson's "A Carol Collage," as heard at the St. Olaf' College Christmas Festival, will also be performed with other works featuring harp and guitar accompanying the 100-voice chorus. The select Chamber Singers will be performing works by Byrd, Bettinas, and others. General admission tickets are $25 at the door, $20 for students and seniors. Tickets purchased by Dec. 3 are $20, and $15 for students and seniors.  Subscription tickets to all three 2011-2012 concerts are $50, $35 for students and seniors.  To order tickets, visit www.harmonium.org/paypal.shtml or send a mail order to Harmonium Choral Society, P.O. Box 1317, Morristown 07962-1317.  Large print or Braille programs will be made available if requested in advance.
Harmonium Choral Society’s mission is to perform a diverse repertoire of choral music at a high artistic level and advance the choral arts through education and community partnerships. Based in Morris County, Harmonium isr ecognized for musical excellence and eclectic programming. A third of Harmonium’s singing members are music educators. Dr. Anne Matlack, artistic director of Harmonium since 1987, is also the organist and choir director at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison. She was named Outstanding Arts Professional by the Arts Council of the Morris Area in 2003. In February 2010, the chorus was selected to perform for the Eastern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Philadelphia. In July 2011, Harmonium sang for the opening convocation of the American Guild of Organists Region II Convention.
Harmonium sponsors commissions, musicianship workshops, a high school student composition contest, and an Outreach Chorus that performs in schools, nursing homes and other venues. They are in their third year of sponsoring Morristown’s Neighborhood House Children’s Chorus. Chorus America awarded Harmonium its Education Outreach Award in 2009, and Harmonium was a finalist for the 2010 American Prize for the Arts.
More information about Harmonium and its 2011-2012 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. Funding for the musicians is graciously provided by the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation.