MORRISTOWN, NJ - Holiday concerts are occurring everywhere in Morris County this time of year. Roughly, 300 people attended the Morristown United Methodist Church, on December 14th and 15th, for a holiday spectacular known as the Baroque Jewels.
The event was organized by the Morris Choral Society (MCS), a music group that provides opportunities to all qualified singers to perform in a choral organization and offer fine choral performances to music lovers in the country area. The MCS has performed at the Methodist Church once before and we’re happy to be back in Morristown.
“The Methodist Church always has wonderful shows and it’s great we can be here,” said Bud Leppard, MCS president for 11 years. “We hope we can stay here and if the audiences love the music, then we’re happy too!”
And the audience members indeed loved the music, which included works from the likes of Marc-Antoine Charpentier, George Frederic Handel, David Eddleman, Kim Andre Arnesen and Eric William Barnum.
“The Morris Choral Society is a close-knit group who bring a warm family atmosphere to their shows,” said Diane Fornoff, who came all the way from Milford, Pennsylvania with her husband Jeffrey who was part of the group. “I’m glad to see Jeff perform and I’m here to support him. The society has become like family to us.”
The music group contained about 60 members, such as vocalist Elena Marie-Zavracky, from Mount Olive, who were happy to provide their musical talents to the Morristown community.
“I absolutely adore the Morris Choral Society,” said Marie-Zavracky, who has been with MCS for seven years. “We have a great director, everyone is a professional who dedicates themselves to the society, and we have such a great time. I’ve learned so much since being with the society. It’s been an eye-opener.”
Marie-Zavracky later got to sing her own solo of “Behold That Star” by Arr. Mark Hayes. She has also performed in several concerts in districts such as Rockaway, Wharton and Montville.
The holiday spectacular was led by MCS musical director Jason C. Tramm.
“It’s really delightful to be here,” said Tramm.“My crew is really excited, and they are all very talented. They’ve been really looking forward to doing this show. It just wonderful for our group to share the holiday spirit with the community. This is our gift of the season and we’re happy to give it.”
Tramm is an assistant professor of music at Seton Hall University, in South Orange. He is a resident of New York City and has conducted shows with MSC for the past four years.
In the second half of the concert, and thinking of the holidays of course, audience members got to sing along to a few classic tunes, such as Jingle All the Way.
“The concert is absolutely wonderful,” said Mary Ann Scharf, a Morris Plains resident and member of the Methodist Church.“The soloists were also fantastic and it very nice to hear this classical music. This is what makes Christmas.”
Later, when winter is over, the Morris Choral Society intends to hold another two-day concert at the Methodist Church on the Green on May 2nd and 3rd, known as “Sounds of Spring.”
For more information on the Morris Choral Society, visit their website at http://www.morrischoralsociety.org/#xl_xr_page_index.