Ars Musica Chorale begins its 53rd season with Classical Splendor: works for chorus and orchestra by Mozart and Schubert, including Mozart’s Requiem. The performance will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, New Jersey. The concert is given in memory of those lost during World War I, which officially ended 100 years ago on November 11, 1918.
The chorus will be accompanied by the award-winning Adelphi Orchestra and members of Ars Musica Chorale’s Encore Young Arts program during this concert of music by titans of the Classical Era, Mozart and Schubert. Mozart’s Requiem, which to this day is shrouded in mystery and intrigue, was composed during the final months of his life. Unfinished at the time of his death, it was later completed by his student Süssmayr. The concert opens with another work from Mozart’s final year, the overture to the opera The Magic Flute, a thrilling tour de force of virtuosity for orchestra. The overture is followed by Franz Schubert’s Mass in G, a work brimming with energy and sublime melodies. The first half concludes with Mozart’s choral miniature, Ave Verum Corpus. The grand finale is Mozart’s powerful, spiritual, fury-filled Requiem, performed with a stunning cast of soloists.
Advance tickets are $30.00 for adults and $25.00 for seniors and those with special needs. (Add $5.00 if purchased at the door.) Children under 18 are free. For reservations or more information, visit www.arsmusica.org or call the Ars Musica Chorale at (551) 226-9305.
Established in 1965, Ars Musica Chorale is one of the oldest and finest choral groups in Bergen County, well-known for presenting outstanding and unique programs. Under the direction of Music Director James Kennerley, Ars Musica Chorale performs four major concerts annually in Bergen County. West Side Presbyterian Church is wheelchair accessible. Funding has been made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.