Morris Choral Society To Present 'Rebirth And Renewal: A Celebration Of Spring'
The MORRIS CHORAL SOCIETY will conclude its 45th Anniversary year with a grand season finale concert "Rebirth and Renewal: A Celebration of Spring" on Saturday May 12th at 8PM at the historic Methodist Church on the Green in Morristown, New Jersey.
Noted American conductor and MCS Music Director Jason Tramm will lead an inspired program, the centerpiece of which is Gabriel Faure's Requiem in d minor, Op. 48. "Rebirth and Renewal: A Celebration of Spring features the 70-voice choir, the MidAtlantic Chamber Ensemble, MCS accompanist, organist Michael Shane Wittenburg with distinguished guest soloists, mezzo- soprano Maya Hoover and baritone Jonathan Scott.
The concert will also include works invoking the themes of Spring by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo (Across the Vast Eternal Sky) and celebrated American contemporary composers Dan Forrest (Abide) Morten Lauridsen (Lux Aeternum) and Gwyneth Walker (I will be Earth) and as well as compositions by the renown 20th century American masters Samuel Barber (Sure on this Shining Night) and Randall Thompson (selections from Frostiana).
Special guest appearances by frequent MCS collaborators, the Clarum Sonum Choir, led by CS Artistic Director Rider Foster, as well as the beloved MCS sextet ensemble, Express Male, will complete a program designed to inspire and delight.
ABOUT THE MORRIS CHORAL SOCIETY
The Morris Choral Society, now celebrating its 45th year is one of Northern New Jersey's oldest and most active and beloved not for profit arts organizations dedicated to enhancing community life by performing and presenting the highest quality classical choral repertoire from the last three centuries.
Since its founding in 1973 the Morris Choral Society (MCS) has dedicated itself to the residents of Morris County and has played a significant role in Northern New Jersey's artistic community, nominated by its peers for the 2016 New Jersey People's Choice Award, Choral Group Division.
Traditionally each performance season includes two major concerts as well as several concert appearances at many of Morristown's annual celebrations: Independence Day, the historical Holly Walk, its popular Fall Festival on the Green, and First Night. The MCS has performed with Judy Collins in her Christmas Show; with Dave Brubeck in La Fiesta de la Posada, at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. The Morris Choral Society has received international recognition performing successful concerts in England in 1990, Ireland in 1994, Scotland and Wales in 1996, France in 1998 and Italy in the summer of 2000. The MCS has been represented by "ambassadorial" choral contingents in multi-choral units in Eastern Europe in 1997 and 2000. Over the past 5 decades the MCS has assembled a vast and varied musical repertoire, the cornerstone of which is an impressive library of music from the Renaissance to the present. Since 2010 the Morris Choral Society sponsors an annual scholarship open to New Jersey residents or students currently attending a New Jersey school, age 19 or older who are pursuing a major or course of study in one of the following disciplines: vocal performance, vocal conducting, or music education with a major in voice.
MCS is home to the popular sextet, Express Male a lively, fun-filled sextet with a dazzling repertoire consisting of serious choral pieces, traditional gospel songs, Broadway favorites and a variety of popular tunes. Formed four years ago as an independent vocal ensemble within The Morris Choral Society, Express Male continues to entertain audiences at major MCS concerts and is featured in concerts throughout the region.
The MCS is funded in part by the Arts Council of the Morris Area through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding has also been provided by the Arts Council of the Morris Area/Dodge Foundation Partnership. To learn more about the Morris Choral Society and its programming visit www.morrischoralsociety.org.
ABOUT Jason Tramm
Morris Choral Society's Music Director Jason Tramm is recognized as one of the most dynamic young conductors on the podium today. Appointed to the position in 2016 Tramm has led the MCS in the New Jersey premiere of Karl Jenkin's "The Peacemakers" in 2017 as part of MCS Spring Concert "Peace, Triumphant Peace."
Tramm also serves as Director of Music in Residence of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association for the past 11 years, where he leads the choral, orchestral, and oratorio performances in the 6500-seat historic Great Auditorium, appearing in two National Public Radio broadcasts with organ virtuoso, Gordon Turk and orchestra. The 2009 HDTV broadcast presentation with PBS affiliate NJN, "Verdi Requiem: Live from Ocean Grove" with Tramm at the podium, garnered a regional Emmy Award nomination. Tramm is an Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University, College of Communication and the Arts where he leads the University, Choir, Chamber Choir and teaches voice and conducting.
Tramm currently serves as conductor and Artistic Advisor for the Adelphi Orchestra and principal conductor of the MidAtlantic Opera with whom he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2015. A frequent guest conductor, Maestro Tramm has led operatic and symphonic performances in Albania, Hungary, Italy and Romania. In his 2017 Narnia Festival debut Tramm conducted the Festival's premiere productions of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica. On October 27, 2017 Tramm conducted the second installment of his classical concert trilogy "Prayer for Peace: The Power of One Voice" at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). www.jasontramm.net/
The Morris Choral Society presents
"Rebirth and Renewal: A Celebration of Spring"
May 12 8PM
Methodist Church on the Green in Morristown
Tickets: $25 Adult; $20 Seniors; $15 Children 18 & Under (or students with ID?)
To order tickets by phone call 973-459-5223
PHOTO CAPTION: The Morris Choral Society under the baton of Jason Tramm. Photo by Vince Marchese