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Harmonium's Season Finale "Apocalypse Now" Features Thompson's "Peaceable Kingdom"

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Winner of Harmonium Choral Society's 2015 Annual High School Student Choral Composition Contest Credits: Provided by Zachary Catron
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MORRISTOWN, N.J. - The 100-voice Harmonium Choral Society, led by Artistic Director Dr. Anne Matlack of Madison, N.J., presents its 2014-2015 concert season finale, "Apocalypse Now," 7:30 p.m. June 6 & 7, 2015, at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison.

The concert features Randall Thompson's "The Peaceable Kingdom," and works about the end-times, both scary and comforting, by Stanford, Takach, Bernstein and others. The Harmonium Chamber Singers will present works by Lassus, Parry, and the band Imagine Dragons in an arrangement by Harmonium singer Jake Sachs.

This concert also premieres a work by 2015's Grand Prize winner of the Harmonium High School Student Choral Composition Contest, Mendham High School junior Zachary Catron. His work "Fire Unfelt" is based on a poem by Christina Rossetti, "Earth Grown Old," set for piano and chorus.

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"I've interpreted Christina Rossetti's poem as the quiet passing of the earth and of humankind," Zachary says. "The person has grown old and tired, but maintained warmth and spirit through their long and well-lived life." Zachary has been composing for three years, studying with Dr. David Sampson.

"This concert includes works about the end-times both scary and comforting," explains Dr. Matlack. "It is a rare opportunity for the audience to hear a hair-raising performance of Randall Thompson's 1936 a cappella masterwork for double choir, and to join in the singing of a lilting Celtic ballad. Stanford's "For Lo I Raise Up" with Ian Tomesch, organ, should also be a barn-burner to burn all barns!"

Harmonium's annual High School Student Choral Composition Contest has previously won the prestigious Chorus America Education and Outreach Award. The runners-up in this year's contest are Reshma Kopparapu, a current freshman at Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey in second place, and Carl Hausman, a freshman at Mount Olive High School, third prize.

General admission tickets for "Apocalypse Now" are $25 at the door ($20 for students/seniors). Discount tickets purchased on or before May 29th are $20 ($15 for students and seniors). Group discount tickets are also available at $10 a ticket for orders of 10 or more if purchased before May 29th. Tickets may be purchased online at www.harmonium.org/paypal.shtml. You may also send an email to sales@harmonium.org or call 973-538-6969 for more information. Large print or Braille programs will be made available if requested in advance.

 

ABOUT HARMONIUM CHORAL SOCIETY

Harmonium Choral Society, based in Morris County, is one of New Jersey's leading choral arts organizations. The 100-voice choral society has been widely recognized for its musical excellence and innovative programming, and has commissioned and premiered works by Amanda Harberg, Matthew Harris, Elliot Z. Levine, Harmonium's composers-in-residence Mark Miller and Martin A. Sedek, and others. One-third of Harmonium's singing members are music educators. Directed by Dr. Anne J. Matlack of Madison, Harmonium's season consists of four major subscription concerts held in December, March, April and June, as well as numerous special events and partnerships. Harmonium also sponsors musicianship workshops and an Outreach Chorus which performs in schools, nursing homes and other venues. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, the Eastern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association and at the opening convocation of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) Region II Convention. Harmonium has toured internationally to England and Wales, Eastern Europe, Northern Italy, Spain and Portugal, and most recently, Greece and Turkey. Plans are currently underway for the next concert tour to the Baltic Region during the summer of 2016.

Funding has been made possible in part by funds from Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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