Announcing 2013-2014 Season:
December 8, 2013:
St. Anne's Church
January 26, 2014:
Mozart: Mass in C "Coronation"
May 17, 2014:
Published: Sat, Aug 18, 2012, 5:24 PM
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Funding in support of the 50th Anniversary Season of
Choral Art Society has been received in a grant from
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 Division of
Cultural and Heritage Affairs.
Society to begin 2013-2014 Concert
Dear Friends and
Members of the Choral Art Society,
Welcome to our 52nd Concert Season.
I hope you had a wonderful summer!
For his second year with CAS Music
Director Martin A. Sedek has selected
works by Mozart, Fauré, Brahms and
Rutter (see below). Both concerts will
be performed at the Presbyterian Church
Note that the
winter concert will be at 3 PM on a
alumni and new singers to join us for
this exciting new season. Formal
auditions are not required to join the
Rehearsals will be
Tuesdays 8-10 PM, starting September 3
in the choir room of the Presbyterian
Church in Westfield.
dates to put on your calendar:
Tuesday - 09/03/13 - 8 PM First
at the Presbyterian
12/08/13 - 3 PM Messiah Sing
Anne Church in Garwood
01/26/14 - 3 PM Concert: Mozart
Coronation Mass and Fauré Requiem
the Presbyterian Church, Westfield
Saturday - 05/17/14 - 8 PM Concert:
Gypsy Songs and Rutter
at the Presbyterian Church,
Please come early to
our first rehearsal (7:30 PM) to
socialize and purchase the music.
Enjoy the rest of the summer!
I look forward to seeing you
President - Choral Art Society of
information check: www.casofnj.org
2013-2014 LETTER FROM THE
Dear Singers &
Friends of Choral Art Society,
I begin my second year as Music Director
of this ensemble, it's impossible to not
take stock mentally of all of our
successes in the 2012-2013 season. I
walked into our rehearsal room for the
first time last September with very
little idea of what to expect as we
ventured onto this musical journey
together. Looking back on my first year,
my overwhelming observation is that I am
so incredibly proud of what we achieved
as an ensemble during this season. We
presented a handful of works that no one
in the group had ever sung before and we
offered our community, friends, and
families performances that we can be
truly proud of. What we accomplished is
the single greatest testament to our art
form: singing is the most miraculous of
all of performance opportunities - the
voice is the most miraculous of all
instruments. In a group of avocational
singers, we all lifted each other to new
heights and achieved infinitely more
than any of us could on his or her own.
While an orchestra or instrumental
ensemble is limited to being only as
good as its weakest players, choirs are
different: we are better than our best
singers. What we are able to accomplish
together is extraordinary, and it is not
purely about talent but about
dedication, hard work, passion, and
musicality. This past year proved that.
I am also extremely proud of the
initiative I introduced this year to
support young professionals and student
musicians. The orchestra in both of last
season's beautiful concerts was filled
with music majors, graduate students,
and young professionals from three
different local universities. We
featured some young soloists alongside
seasoned professionals who held their
own, acted as professionals and
delivered superb performances. The
letters I received from community
members and CAS supporters offering
their compliments to our orchestra,
soloists, and concerts this year were
both heartwarming and reassuring that
this is an extremely important
initiative for a community ensemble like
ours. Young performers and current
students are superbly talented and
dedicated individuals and are in great
need of real-world performance
opportunities. It is not about a
paycheck (though they learn what it
takes to earn one), but about performing
in real world situations, being able to
be led by an experienced baton, and
performing with a real-world ensemble
where problems arise and must be quickly
and effectively solved. This experience
is invaluable to music students and I am
proud of the opportunities we have been
able to offer them this year.
am fortunate to be at the helm of a
group of wonderful, passionate, and
hardworking individuals and an orchestra
of seasoned professionals and
extraordinarily talented music majors
and graduate students. We have a board
of incredible people who work so hard
behind the scenes to keep things running
smoothly so that I can focus on making
music with you. All of the pieces are in
place to make wonderful music together,
and to that end I have programmed two of
the monumental seminal works of the
choral repertoire for our 2013-2014
season. Mozart's Coronation Mass and
Faure's romantic Requiem are among the
most beloved and often-song masterworks
in the choral literature. Our Spring
concert will feature two very romantic
composers from two very different eras:
Brahms' Gypsy Songs are lovely and
lively partsongs from the late Romantic
era, and will be juxtaposed with the
20th century's most prolific, most
romantic, and oft-performed composers,
John Rutter. The Rutter Requiem will
close out our 2013-2014 season.
The 2013-2014 season will be a
formidable challenge for all of us, but
one with immeasurable rewards for
everyone involved. To that end, we are
encouraging singers of all experience
levels to join our ensemble and
experience all of this with us!
This year we will be expanding our
performance opportunities and community
outreach. We will be exploring
opportunities to perform at local civic
events and assisted living communities
to further enrich our community with
music. I hope that you will help our
ensemble build its membership by
encouraging singers that you know to
considering joining our group. The more
singers we have, the more performance
opportunities we can explore and the
more rewarding membership in CAS can be.
Furthermore, I remind current members
that putting on two spectacular concerts
each year takes an extraordinary amount
of work from many different individuals
and there are always ways to help.
Encouraging friends and family to attend
concerts, bringing in business patrons
or making personal financial donations,
assisting in rehearsal and performance
setup are just some of the ways that you
can help enrich the community that we
have fostered here at CAS.
so many bright things in our ensemble's
future, and hope you will come along for
the ride with us as singing members,
supports, and audience members!
look forward to seeing you throughout
our 2013-2014 season!
Martin A. Sedek
Director, Choral Art Society of NJ
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2014 Upcoming Concerts:
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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Mozart: Mass in C "Coronation"
with the Choral Art Society Orchestra
Presbyterian Church in Westfield
140 Mountain Avenue
Westfield, NJ 07090
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Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 3, 2013 from 8:00 -
10:00 PM at the Presbyterian Church in
Westfield. New members are welcome to come join us.
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