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ARS MUSICA PRESENTS Stravinsky & Bruckner: A Masterworks Concert: Themes of Psalms, Peace, and Salvation, SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2013, 8 PM

Location: New Jersey, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
 
Ars Musica's Stravinsky &  Bruckner: A Masterworks Concert, conducted by Music Director Kelly Crandell will be performed at 8 pm on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at West Side Presbyterian Church, 6 South Monroe St., Ridgewood, NJ. It features Ars Musica's world premiere of "Longed-for Rain," by contemporary composer Martha Sullivan, who offers a preconcert talk at 7 pm. Purchase tickets at www.arsmusica.org or +1‑973‑628‑8793: $20 (advance); $25 day of concert; 12 and under, free.
 
Stravinsky's neoclassically styled "Symphony of Psalms," grounded in Psalm 15, is based on his coming to faith in later life and includes visions of Elijah's rising chariot. Ars Musica's chorus intends to perpetuate the liturgical conviction and intensity attributed to the choir in Stravinsky's recording of this beautiful piece. 
 
Anton Bruckner's neoclassical Mass No. 2 in E minor employs monastic-sounding singing, contrasting with the style of his more radical symphonies. Highlights are the beautiful Kyrie, unforgettable Gloria with fugue, and Credo chanting, which conclude with a fully engaged orchestra in the Sanctus.
 
Ms. Sullivan, enrolled in a PhD in Music Composition program at Rutger's University, set James Najarian's psalm-like poem for chorus, soloists, and orchestra. She bridges Stravinsky and Bruckner‒imaging Elijah, a parched desert, and the long-awaited storm's salvation, heard as a single, concluding choral voice.
 
Ars Musica Chorale, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has been funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.
 
 
 
Contact: Marjorie Winters,
Publicity Chair
meded42@aol.com
c/o Ars Musica 551-804-4259 (cell)
P.O. Box 525, Paramus, NJ 07653-0525
www.arsmusica.org; info@arsmusica.org
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