The Choral Art Society of New Jersey is celebrating its 50th year as an organization dedicated to learning and singing great choral music. During this Golden Anniversary year it will be performing Felix Mendelssohn’s Oratorio, Paulus (St. Paul), Op. 36. This is a magnificent composition which was first performed in Dusseldorf, Germany, on May 22, 1836. We will be performing it on Saturday, January 21, 2012, 8:00 PM at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield. Those interested in joining us in performing this wonderful masterpiece are invited to come to our first rehearsal on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at 7:30 P.M. for registration and to purchase music.
Rehearsals are held weekly on Tuesdays from 8:00 to 10:00 P.M., September through May, at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, located at the corner of Mountain Avenue and East Broad Street. Rehearsals are held in the church’s choir room. The entrance is on Mountain Avenue. For further information, please visit our web site at www.casofnj.org or call 908-654-5737.
With members from Union, Somerset, Bergen, Hudson and Middlesex counties, The Choral Art Society is a non-profit community chorus dedicated to the study and performance of great choral works. It originated in September, 1962, as The Suburban Symphony Chorus under the direction of Peter Sozio. In September, 1963, Evelyn Bleeke became the director and in 1964 the chorus formed an independent organization under its present name. Mrs. Bleeke served the organization as director for 32 seasons, followed by Thomas Booth and Kathleen Healy-Wedsworth, for two seasons each. James S. Little is starting his twelfth season as musical director.