WESTFIELD—Interested in learning and singing great choral music? If so, you’re invited to join the Choral Art Society of New Jersey.
Rehearsals are held weekly on Tuesdays from 8 to 10 p.m., September through May, at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, located at the corner of Mountain Avenue and East Broad Street. The season’s first rehearsal is on Tuesday, Sept. 8, with registration and music purchase starting at 7:30 p.m. Rehearsals are held in the church’s choir room. The entrance is on Mountain Avenue.
Singers interested in joining are invited to attend a rehearsal and meet with James S. Little, the society’s musical director.
The fall semester will be spent preparing for the Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, performance of John Knowles Payne’s Mass in D, which is a wonderful, full-length, fully orchestrated work very much in the Romantic style, complete with a quartet of soloists.
Payne (1839-1906) was an organist as well as the first professor of music at Harvard, the first to hold such a position at an American university.
The winter/spring semester rehearsals will start Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, in preparation for an afternoon performance on Sunday, May 16, 2009, at Calvary Episcopal Church, Summit. The program will feature John Rutter’s “Feel the Spirit,” a set of spirituals arranged in a jazz style juxtaposed with some well-known operatic choruses.