Current Season 2016-17

Making Peace, 2016-17 Season

2016 – 2017 Season: Making Peace

The Ars Musica Chorale is proud to announce its 2016–2017 Season, Making Peace, featuring five programs of outstanding choral, orchestral, and operatic works. Under the baton of Music Director Dusty Francis, Ars Musica’s fifty-first season includes collaborations with the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, the Adelphi Orchestra, Ars Musica’s own Encore Young Artists, and a roster of world-class soloists in some of Bergen County’s most breathtaking venues. Each concert will be preceded by a brief lecture exploring the works’ inspirations, as well as historical and contemporary significance.

The season opens Friday, November 18 at 8 p.m. with Gioachino Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle (Little Solemn Mass). Rossini penned this statement of personal faith more than three decades after completing his final opera and shortly before his death in 1868. Rossini described it as “the last of my sins of old age.”

Continuing one of Bergen County’s favorite holiday traditions, Ars Musica will present its annual Messiah Singalong on Friday, December 9, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 11, at 4:00 p.m. After an initially modest public reception, this piece gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. Join your voice with one of the area’s most distinguished choruses for Handel’s cherished oratorio dedicated to the “Prince of Peace.”

On Friday, February 24, at 8 p.m., Ars Musica partners with the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra for an evening of Beethoven, culminating in the dramatic finale to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, “Ode to Joy.” The words are from a poem written by Friedrich Schiller in 1785, with additions made by the composer. Today, it stands as one of the most-played symphonies in the world. Don’t miss this one-night-only performance at West Side Presbyterian Church.

Ars Musica goes to the opera on Saturday, March 18, at 8 p.m. for a program of beloved arias and choruses entitled Queen of the Night. Join us as we explore the always dramatic, never boring life of a diva in her natural element—competing love interests, mistaken identities, and (mostly) happy endings abound as we raise the curtain on this evening of vocal virtuosity. 

Concluding Ars Musica’s season on Friday, June 2, at 8 p.m. are Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace) and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (Mass for Troubled Times) or Lord Nelson Mass. In Dona Nobis Pacem, Vaughan Williams produces his plea for peace by referring to recent wars amid growing fears of a new one.  His composition includes texts taken from the Latin Mass, Walt Whitman, contemporary political speech, and the Bible. Haydn’s Missa in Augustiis, is one of six masses written near the end of his life which are seen as a culmination of his liturgical composition. Haydn’s chief biographer, H. C. Robbins Landon, claims it “is arguably Haydn’s greatest single composition”. Ars Musica’s 80-voice chorus is joined by the award-winning Adelphi Orchestra for this double-bill of two of music history’s greatest hits.

Ars Musica’s concert season is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Bergen County Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Ars Musica Chorale, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization.


Gioachino Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle (Little Solemn Mass)

Friday, November 18, 8pm
St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 69 Valley St, Hillsdale NJ 07642

Saturday, November 19, 8pm
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 155 Linwood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Gioachino Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle (Little Solemn Mass) is considered an idiosyncratic statement of personal faith. Written more than three decades after completing his final opera and only five years before his death in 1868, Rossini described it as “the last of my sins of old age.” Of his efforts, he inscribed in his manuscript, “Little skill, a little heart, and that is all. So be Thou blessed and admit me to Paradise.”

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Messiah (Sing-along format)

Friday, December 9, 8pm
St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 69 Valley St, Hillsdale NJ 07642

Sunday, December 11, 4pm
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 155 Linwood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Despite now being one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music, Handel’s Messiah received only tepid initial reviews and wasn’t widely performed until 20 years after being written. Join your voice with one of the area’s most distinguished choruses for Handel’s cherished oratorio dedicated to the “Prince of Peace.”

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Beethoven’s 9th
In collaboration with Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra

Friday, February 24, 8pm
West Side Presbyterian Church

Join Ars Musica for an evening of Beethoven, culminating in the dramatic finale to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, “Ode to Joy.” The words are from a poem written by Friedrich Schiller in 1785, with additions made by the composer. Today, it stands as one of the most-played symphonies in the world.

Don’t miss this one-night-only performance at West Side Presbyterian Church.

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Queen of the Night, Operatic Selections

Saturday, March 18, 8pm
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 155 Linwood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Join us for a program of beloved arias and choruses entitled Queen of the Night. Ars Musica will explore the always dramatic, never boring life of a diva in her natural element—competing love interests, mistaken identities, and (mostly) happy endings abound as we raise the curtain on this evening of vocal virtuosity. Stay tuned for more details as we finalize selections from operas by Verdi, Mozart, Rossini, and more.

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Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace)
& Franz Joseph Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (Mass for Troubled Times)

Friday, June 2, 8pm
St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 69 Valley St, Hillsdale NJ 07642

Concluding Ars Musica’s season on Friday, June 2, at 8 p.m. are Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace) and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (Mass for Troubled Times). In Dona Nobis Pacem, Vaughan Williams produces his plea for peace by referring to recent wars amid growing fears of a new one.  This cantata — commissioned and first performed in 1936 as World War II loomed — includes texts taken from the Latin Mass, poems by Walt Whitman, anti-war political speech, and sections of the Bible. Haydn’s Missa in Augustiis, also penned during times of war, premiered in 1798 as Napoleon continued his advance across the mediterranean. The piece is one of six masses written near the end of his life which are seen as a culmination of his liturgical composition. Haydn’s chief biographer, H. C. Robbins Landon, claims it “is arguably Haydn’s greatest single composition”. Ars Musica’s 80-voice chorus is joined by the award-winning Adelphi Orchestra for this double-bill of two of music history’s greatest hits.

Buy tickets now!

CONTACT US

Email
info@arsmusica.org

Phone
(551) 226-9305

Mailing Address
Ars Musica
PO Box 525
Paramus, New Jersey 07653

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Ars Musica’s concert season is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Bergen County Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

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