Past Repertoire

Our 2015 –2016 Season

Under the direction of Music Director Dusty Francis, the 50th Anniversary Season, titled Timeless, will include four concert programs, two world premieres, an exciting new partnership with the award-winning Adelphi Orchestra, and a full calendar of special events to celebrate this important milestone.

The 50th Anniversary Season begins with Fanfare, an evening of beloved works for brass and choir, including John Rutter’s exuberant Gloria, first performed by the chorale twenty-five years ago under Ars Musica’s second Music Director, Italo Marchini. The program will also feature dynamic works spanning from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Ars Musica is joined by The Adelphi Orchestra.

Continuing a holiday tradition dating back to Ars Musica’s Founding Music Director, Joyce Keshner, the chorale presents its annual performance of Handel’s Messiah with a little help from the audience. Classic carols will serve as a warm up to this year’s Messiah Singalong. Don’t miss the opportunity to join your voice to one of the area’s most distinguished choruses or to hear two world premieres by composer Dale Trumbore. Ars Musica’s 2015–2016 Encore Young Artists will be featured soloists.

While Messiah may be Handel’s most familiar work, no other oratorio can match the sheer drama of Israel in Egypt. Handel paints a compelling musical picture of the ten plagues of Egypt as the chorus declaims about frogs, flies, and locusts. Last performed by the chorale in 1980, Israel in Egypt utilizes the chorus more prominently than any other Handel oratorio, making for an exhilarating audience experience and a notorious test of stamina for any choir.

Ars Musica’s 50th Anniversary Season concludes with a work that needs no introduction: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, played by the award-winning Adelphi Orchestra. Most recently performed by Ars Musica in 2004 under its third Music Director, Robert Long, Beethoven’s iconic work lends its name to this concert program, Ode to Joy. The concert will open with Poulenc’s introspectively joyful Gloria for soprano soloist, chorus, and orchestra. 

Fanfare: Music for Choir and Brass

Friday, November 20, 2015, 8:00 PM | Pre-concert talk at 7:15 PM
St. John the Baptist

Saturday, November 21, 2015, 8:00 PM | Pre-concert talk at 7:15 PM
Ridgewood United Methodist Church

Ars Musica is joined by the Adelphi Orchestra.

Messiah Sing-Along

Sunday, December 13, 2015 , 4:00 PM
St. John the Baptist

50th Anniversary Winter Jubilee

Sunday, December 13, 2015 , 6:00 PM
St. John the Baptist

Israel in Egypt: Handel’s Choral Masterpiece

Friday, March 11, 2016, 8:00 PM
St. John the Baptist

Sunday, March 13, 2016, 4:00 PM
Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Ode to Joy

Friday, June 3, 2015, 8:00 PM
St. John the Baptist

Our 2013 –2014 Season

Orff: Carmina Burana

Saturday, Nov. 23 | 8:00pm
West Side Presbyterian Church

Driving rhythms, simple quasi-modal harmonies, strophic forms, and a bacchanalian spirit define Orff’s magnum opus.

Handel’s Messiah

Friday, Dec. 13 | 8:00pm
West Side Presbyterian Church

Featuring Part I of Handel’s Messiah; seasonal favorites by Bach, Lauridsen, and others; and a world premiere by Composer-in-Residence, Vince Peterson.

American Voices

Friday, March 14 | 8:00pm
West Side Presbyterian Church
Saturday, March 15 | 8:00pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Featuring works by Persichetti, Bernstein, Whitacre, and Billings and the world premiere of a new work by Composer-in-Residence, Vince Peterson.

A German Requiem

Saturday, June 7 | 8:00pm
West Side Presbyterian Church

A moving expression of comfort and hope for those who mourn, weaving classical forms with romantic harmonies.

Our 2012 –2013 Season

Rachmaninoff: Vespers

Saturday, November 17 | 8:00pm
West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, NJ

Program also includes Trivium for organ solo by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt

Early Music All-Stars Messiah Singalong

Friday, December 14 | 8:00pm
West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, NJ

Saturday, December 15 | 8:00pm
St. Anthony of Padua Church, New York City

Puccini: La bohème

Friday, March 8 | 8:00pm
West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, NJ

This performance will be a concert version, complete with the romance of the version for stage

Stravinsky & Bruckner: A Masterworks Concert

Saturday, June 8 | 8:00pm
West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, NJ

Program also includes a world premiere by composer Martha Sullivan



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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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