The New Jersey Choral Society kicks off its 2012/13 season with “Ring Out, Celestial Spheres,” a joyous holiday concert with inspiration for the season of light. This concert will be presented on Saturday, December 1 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 pm at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 30 North Fullerton Ave., Montclair. A third performance will be presented on Sunday, December 9 at 5:00 pm at the West Side Presbyterian Church, 6 South Monroe St., Ridgewood.
The program, under the direction of dynamic conductor Eric Dale Knapp, features inspirational holiday music such as “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen, William Walton’s magnificent “Coronation Te Deum” composed for Queen Elizabeth II, David Hamilton’s uplifting hymn “Gloria,” and “Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Several popular carols will also be featured including “Christmas Day” and “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Gustav Holst, Mendelssohn’s anthem “There Shall a Star Come Out of Jacob,” “Star Carol” and “Joy to the World” by Rutter and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” Linda Sweetman-Waters will accompany NJCS on the organ. Come one hour prior to concert time for The Inside Line, a complimentary lecture that provides an insightful and intimate discussion of the music for all ticket holders.
Tickets are $25.00 for general admission, $22.00 for students, seniors, and patrons with disabilities, and $12 for children 12 and under (add $5.00 at the door). Group discounts are also available. For reservations or more information, visit http://www.njcs.org or call the New Jersey Choral Society at (201) 379-7719.
In support of the Center for Food Action, the New Jersey Choral Society will be collecting nonperishable food items at each concert. The Church of the Immaculate Conception and West Side Presbyterian Church are both wheelchair accessible. Funding has been made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.