||Hello from all of us at the Choral Art Society of New Jersey!
Please take a moment to catch up with us and read these letters from our President and Music Director ...
August 20, 2014
Dear Friends and Members of the Choral Art Society!
It’s that time of year again to think about our upcoming season. I hope you’ve had a wonderful and enjoyable summer. As always time seems to fly by fast.
Welcome to our 3rd season with Music Director Martin A. Sedek! Martin has again proposed a fantastic program. It will culminate in our Spring concert with the world premiere of Martin Sedek’s Four Season Cantata which he is currently composing. Both of our concerts will be performed at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield.
We invite alumni and new singers to join us for this exciting new season. Rehearsals are Tuesdays 8-10 PM starting September 2 in the choir room of the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. There will be no formal auditions to join the choir.
Here are the important dates to put on your calendar:
Tuesday - September 2, 2014 - 8 PM
First rehearsal at the Presbyterian Church, Westfield
Sunday - December 14, 2014 - 3 PM
Messiah Sing, Place TBD
Sunday - January 25, 2015 - 3 PM
Winter Concert: Faure, Cantique De Jean Racine,
Brahms, Lass Dich
Mendelssohn, Hear My Prayer
Vierne, Solemn Mass and Gardiner, Evening Hymn
Saturday - May 2, 2015 - 8 PM
Spring Concert: Viva Vivaldi! Vivaldi Gloria,
World Premiere : Sedek Four Seasons Cantata
Please come early to our first rehearsal (7:30 PM) to socialize and purchase music. Enjoy the rest of the summer!
I look forward to seeing you all again,
President, Choral Art Society of New Jersey
For more information check our website www.casofnj.org
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2014 LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
Dear Singers & Friends of Choral Art Society,
It is a very special moment for a conductor, opening a clean new score of a
beloved work and beginning to mark it up with directions and ideas for the coming rehearsals and performances. That fresh blank score represents an abundance of possibility in the coming year ahead, not just for myself, but for the singers, audience members, and supporters of our ensemble as well.
This past year, a wonderful book has made its way around among singers and
choral conductors. Stacy Hornʼs Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with others is a wonderful personal account of the beneficial effects of singing on the human spirit. All of us who keep coming back year after year do so because we know the benefits that singing brings to our lives; it is not just the exciting thrill of performance, the accolades from family and friends, indeed the most meaningful moments come in the quiet ones, often in a rehearsal, when you feel that deep connection to the music for the first time. Music allows us to explore an inner wisdom that each of us holds, and to connect ourselves to something that is so much greater than any one individual.
As we embark on this next year together, I look excitedly at a concert season that is very self-rewarding for me - a wonderful and humbling way to feel. Our January concert features works for choir and organ, the centerpiece being Vierneʼs stunning Solemn Organ Mass. Also on the program are some of my personal favorite works, ones that drew me to choral music as a young musician and gave me some of my first great uplifting musical and personal experiences: Mendelssohnʼs Hear My Prayer, Faureʼs Cantique de Jean Racine, Brahmsʼ Lass Dich, and more! In May I have the incredible honor of premiering one of my own works with Choral Art Society, a setting of Vivaldiʼs Sonnets for the Four Seasons, performed in conjunction with the Four Seasons . We will be joined by a full string orchestra for this exciting concert that will also feature Vivaldiʼs Gloria.
Wonderful things are ahead! I wish you many uplifting experiences this coming
year. I look forward to seeing you throughout our 2014-2015 season!
Martin A. Sedek
Music Director, Choral Art Society of NJ
2015 Upcoming Concerts:
Official Dates to be announced:
Sedek, Isaiah 42
Alstrom, Of Heavenly Harmony
Fauré, Cantique de Jean Racine
Brahms, Lass Dich
Mendelssohn, Hear my prayer
Gardiner, Evening Hymn
Vierne, Messe Solennelle, Op.16
Sedek, Sonnets for the Four Seasons
Presbyterian Church in Westfield
140 Mountain Avenue
Westfield, NJ 07090
Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 2, 2014 from 8:00 -
10:00 PM at the Presbyterian Church in
Westfield. New members are welcome to come join us.
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