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ARS MUSICA inaugurates its 2012-13 Concert Season by performing Rachmaninoff's "Vespers (All-Night Vigil, op. 37)"

Location: New Jersey, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
Ars Musica will inaugurate the 2012-13 concert season by performing the beautiful Vespers (All -Night Vigil, op. 37) by Sergei Rachmaninoff on Saturday, November 17, at 8 PM.  The concert will be held at the chorus’s principal venue, the West Side Presbyterian Church, 6 South Monroe Street, Ridgewood, NJ.  Tickets purchased in advance are $20 and can be obtained from a chorus member or on line at   Tickets purchased at the door will be $25; children under 12 are admitted free.  For more information, please see our website or call 973-628-8793.
To provide the appropriate mood for the All-Night Vigil (Vespers is its popular name), the program will begin with Trivium, by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, played on West Side’s impressive organ by Linda Glasgal, Ars Musica’ s versatile accompanist.  The Vespers will follow and will transform the hall with the sounds and feeling of the Russian Orthodox tradition, imbued with the complex yet beautiful harmonies of distinctly Russian liturgical music. While Rachmaninoff composed the Vespers in a very short time in 1915, he considered it one of his favorite works.  In fact, he requested that one of the movements, the Nunc dimittis (No. 5), be performed at his funeral.  The harmonies of all the movements, sung by unaccompanied voices, provide a rich choral sound that invokes both beauty and serenity.
This concert is an important milestone for Ars Musica as it marks the debut of the chorus’s new Music Director and Conductor, Kelly Crandell.  Mr. Crandell’s background includes degrees in music theory, composition and conducting from the University of Michigan and the Royal Danish Academy of Music.  Extremely knowledgeable in vocal technique, he is highly sought after as a vocal coach, having worked with famed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and many others.  Mr. Crandell is currently on the voice faculty at Montclair State University and on staff at Rutgers University.  Ars Musica is excited and honored to welcome Mr. Crandell as its new conductor.  Joining Crandell for this concert are soloists Victoria Tralongo, soprano, Patrick Hogan, tenor, Chris Georgetti, tenor, and Cory Clines, bass.
Ars Musica is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and is funded in part by the NJ State Council of the Arts through a grant administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural Affairs.
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