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Choral Art Society of NJ - 50th Anniversary Season

Location: New Jersey, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
The Choral Art Society of New Jersey, Inc.,  celebrating its 50th Anniversary season, will be performing Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Missa brevis St. Joannis de Deo, “Little Organ Mass on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 8:00 P.M. at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield located at the corner of Mountain Avenue and East Broad Street.
James S. Little, Musical Director of the society, will conduct the performance.  Lux Aeterna   will be accompanied by Brian Harlow, organist.   Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, with Andi Campbell as soprano soloist, will also be accompanied by Brian Harlow, organist, and the Westfield High School Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Raymond Wojcik,    The orchestra will also perform Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 (1892) by Sir Edward Elgar and Air and Simple Gifts (2009) by John Williams
Lux Aeterna, Latin for “eternal light” was composed by Morten Lauridsen for the Los Angeles Master Chorale and its Maestro, Paul Salamunovich, who premiered the work on April 13, 1997.  Each of the five connected movements contains references to “Light” assembled from various sacred Latin Texts.
The Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo, in B-flat major, by Joseph Haydn, was written in 1775 for the Barmherzige Brüder in Kismarton, Hungarian Kingdom, (now Eisenstadt, Austria) whose patron saint was St. John of God. It is sometimes known as the "Kleine Orgelmesse" ("Little Organ Mass") because of the extensive organ solo in the Benedictus.
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
The Choral Art Society of New Jersey, Inc. is a non-profit community chorus of about 50 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.  This will be his   last performance with the Choral Art Society since he is retiring as Music Director at the end of this season.  In addition to his duties with the Choral Art Society, Mr. Little is Director of Music at Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit.
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 for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and for this 50th Anniversary performance has been made possible by a grant provided by the Westfield Foundation.
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