Morris Choral Society Performs 45th Anniversary Season Finale
The Morris Choral Society concludes its 45th Anniversary year with a grand season finale concert “Rebirth and Renewal: A Celebration of Spring” on Saturday May 12th at 8PM at the historic Methodist Church on the Green, 50 South Park Place, Morristown, NJ 07960. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $15 for children. They may be purchased online at www.morrischoralsociety.org or by calling 973-459-5223.
Noted American conductor and MCS Music Director Jason Tramm leads an inspired program “Rebirth and Renewal: A Celebration of Spring” which combines the 70-voice Morris Choral Society and the MidAtlantic Chamber Ensemble and includes works by French romanticist Gabriel Faure, and contemporary composers Dan Forrest, Ola Gjeilo, Morten Lauridsen and Gwyneth Walker as well as renown 20th century American masters Samuel Barber and Randall Thompson.
Distinguished operatic and concert artists mezzo soprano Maya Hoover and baritone Jonathan Scott and organist (and MCS accompanist) Michael Shane Wittenburg will be soloists in the first half of the concert, which features Gabriel Faure’s masterwork composed for two solo voices, chorus, organ, and orchestra.
Praised for her outstanding artistry, “vocal beauty of high technical caliber,” and “vocal flare and flamenco abandon,” mezzo-soprano Maya Hoover is widely recognized for her passion, profundity, and depth on stage. She has recently been featured in concerts with renowned soprano Sumi Jo and the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra (HSO); Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra (Colorado); The Magic Flute (Second Lady) and Il Trovatore (Inez) with Hawai‘i Opera Theatre; gala concerts with Opera NEO (San Diego); recitals in Vernon, France and throughout China; and concerts with Artists for Social Justice Hawai‘i. In 2018 she appears as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly (Opera Ft. Collins) and Mercédès in Carmen (Axelrod Performing Arts Center, NJ). In June, she will be a featured artist with the Art Song Preservation Society of New York in a program of all Latin American art song with her musical partner of more than twenty years, pianist José Meléndez.
Baritone Jonathan Scott has been praised by opera's foremost publication Opera News for his comic role in Von Winter's Das Labyrinth (an operatic sequel to Mozart's Die Zauberflöte). Opera News wrote "Jonathan Scott was an ideal Papageno, with excellent diction, an easy stage presence and flawless legato that poured forth through a well-projected tone." Parterre Box, NYC's preeminent online opera publication also underscored the merit of Scott's performance: "The star, in Schikaneder's feathers, was Jonathan Scott, a baritone of lithe and masculine tone and a master of the dim double-take, suavely dressed in tatterdemalion.”
A graduate of Westminster College, Jonathan frequently performs opera, oratorio and art song in the NYC- Tri-state region. He has sung in many of New York City's most celebrated concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and The Riverside Church in Manhattan. He is currently a member of the Metropolitan Opera Extra Men's Chorus, with whom he won a 2013 Grammy for Best Opera Recording in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Internationally, Scott sang the title role of Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi in his Italian debut at the 2017 Narnia Festival; where he performed in several festival concert offerings, including a feature presentation by Italian television (Rai - Radiotelevisione) of Mozart's Spatzenmesse performed at the Cathedral at Narni, as well as an evening concert of opera arias, singing Verdi's exquisite baritone aria from LA TRAVIATIA "Di provenza il mar il suol."
Invoking the essence of Spring the concert will explore themes of ‘rebirth and renewal’ in the works of Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo (Across the Vast Eternal Sky) and celebrated American contemporary composers Dan Forrest (Abide) Morten Lauridsen (Lux Aeternum) and Gwyneth Walker (I will be Earth) and as well as in the compositions by renown 20th century American masters Samuel Barber (Sure on this Shining Night) and Randall Thompson (selections from Frostiana).
Special guest appearances by frequent MCS collaborators, the Clarum Sonum Choir, led by Artistic Director and conductor Rider Foster, as well as the popular MCS sextet ensemble, Express Male, will complete a program designed to inspire and delight.
The Morris Choral Society, now celebrating its 45th year, is one of Northern New Jersey's oldest and most active arts organizations, dedicated to enhancing community life by performing and presenting the highest quality classical choral repertoire from the last three centuries.
Since its founding in 1973 the Morris Choral Society has played a significant role in Northern New Jersey's artistic community and has been nominated by its peers for the 2016 New Jersey People's Choice Award, Choral Group Division.
The MCS is funded in part by 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. Additional funding has also been provided by the Arts Council of the Morris Area/Dodge Foundation Partnership. To learn more about the Morris Choral Society and its programming visit www.morrischoralsociety.org.
Morris Choral Society
The Morris Choral Society concludes its 45th Anniversary year with a grand season finale concert “Rebirth and Renewal: A Celebration of Spring” on Saturday May 12th at 8PM at the historic Methodist Church on the Green, 50 South Park Place, Morristown, NJ 07960. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $15 for children. They may be purchased online at ...50 South Park Place Morristown, NJ 07960
Methodist Church on the Green
50 South Park Place
Morristown, NJ 07960