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The Choral Art Society of New Jersey

Location: New Jersey, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Mixed

The Choral Art Society of New Jersey, Inc.  will be performing Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Mass in C major, Opus 86 and Four Sacred Motets by Anton Bruckner: Ave Maria, Os Justi, Virga Jesse and Locus Iste.   The concert will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at 8:00 P.M. at Calvary Episcopal Church, 31 Woodland Avenue,  Summit, New Jersey.

 

James S. Little, Musical Director of the society, will conduct the performance which will be accompanied by Brian Harlow on Calvary’s magnificent four manual organ consisting of 47 ranks of pipes and 27 digital ranks.  Soloists include Andi Campbell, soprano; Sharon Byrne, mezzo-soprano; Brian Vandenburg, tenor and David Kimock, baritone.

   

Admission is $20, $15 for seniors and students, at the door.  

For information call 908-654-5737 or visit the Choral Art Society’s web site at www.thechoralartsocietyofnj.org.

 

Beethoven (1770-1827) wrote his Mass in C major on a commission from Prince Nikolaus Esterházy II in 1807. In fulfilling this commission, Beethoven was extending a tradition established by Joseph Haydn who following his return from England in 1795 had composed one mass per year for the Esterházy family to celebrate the name day of the Prince's wife.  Haydn had ceased this tradition with the failure of his health in 1802.

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) had a profound faith in the doctrines of the Church.  His motets span nearly the whole of his compositional career.  He made his concert debut as the composer and conductor of his seven-part Ave Maria in 1861.  

The Choral Art Society of New Jersey, Inc., in its 49th season, is a non-profit, community chorus of about 60 singers dedicated to the study and performance of great choral works.  The chorus has earned the accolades of the public and critics since its beginnings.  Mr. Little has been the Director of the Choral Art Society of New Jersey since the spring of 1999.  In addition to his duties with the Choral Art Society, Mr. Little is Director of Music at Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit, where he directs several choruses, most notably the Calvary Chorale and the Calvary Concert Series.

 

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 Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

 

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