In a concert entitled Divine Dvořák, the Crescent Choral Society, under the direction of F. Allen Artz, III, will perform two works by Antonín Dvořák on Saturday, November 14th at 7:00 pm as part of Crescent Concerts’ 34th season.

Although most concertgoers know Dvorak’s beautiful symphonies and gorgeous uses of folk melodies, many may not be aware of his stunning compositions of liturgical music, including his Mass in D Major (op. 86) and his Te Deum (op. 103).  The Choral Society will present these rarely performed masterpieces in the splendor of the neo-Gothic Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield.

Montville resident Kaitlyn Bonsell and North Plainfield resident James Cuff will be the soprano and baritone soloists for the Te Deum.  Both are regular members of the Choral Society.  An octet made up of singers from the Choral Society (two from each voice part) is featured throughout the Mass in D.

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Dvořák was commissioned to write the Mass in D by his friend Josef Hlávka in 1887 to consecrate a private chapel on Hlávka's estate in southwest Bohemia.  It was designed for a small worship service, and beautifully reflects both the quiet intimacy of its venue and the folk music of its setting.

The opposite extreme is Dvořák's Te Deum, a powerfully majestic setting of the Ambrosian Hymn.  Dvořák composed his Te Deum at the behest of Jeanette Thurber, an American patroness of the arts, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of America.  Dvořák intended to set an American poem to music, but when the poem was not provided to him in time, he composed the Te Deum instead.  The composition was performed under his direction for the first time in October of 1892 in New York City.

The Choral Society will be accompanied by Brenda Day on Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church’s beautiful Adams organ.

Concert Information

Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 7 pm

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church Sanctuary

716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield

Ample free, secure parking in Church lot (Entrance on 1st Place - connected to church by walkway)

Ticket prices: General Admission-$20, Seniors-$15, Students-$5. 


Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the concert, or are available during normal business hours at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church office. Call 908-756-2468 or visit for more information about this and upcoming concerts.


About Crescent Concerts

Since 1980, Crescent Concerts at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church has brought world-class musical events to the residents of the City of Plainfield and surrounding communities. Under the superb musical direction of F. Allen Artz III, programming for our concert series is wonderfully diverse, including solo voice and instrumental performances, chamber groups, and full choral/orchestral spectaculars. Crescent Concerts is committed to ensuring that its programs are accessible to all. If you require a special accommodation, please do not hesitate to ask at the concert or call in advance at 908-756-2468 (9am – 4pm).


Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.