If any of my readers live in the Eastern Connecticut area or anywhere in Rhode Island, I’d love to invite you to our first performance of the 2013-2014 season. The Chorus of Westerly is made up of volunteer singers from all over the southern New England region. There’s between 150 and 200 adult and child singers. Every November we begin with a beautifully crafted classical concert complete with a full orchestra in a finely tuned acoustic space.
The Chorus is performing two recently written compositions: John Rutter’s emotional Mass of the Children and Morten Lauridsen’s stunningly beautiful Lux Aeterna. The Chorus sang the Rutter work in 2003, the year it premiered, to much acclaim. Rutter designed the Mass to be a choral work that featured children singing alongside adults as equal parts. That, in a nutshell, is the Chorus of Westerly as an organization, kids and adults singing great music, so it is a perfect piece of music for us! It also includes some of Rutter’s best choral writing. The final two movements are real triumphs.
In addition to the Chorus and Festival Orchestra, there are very short solo sections for baritone and soprano in the Rutter. We are delighted to have two talented artists come sing with us for the first time: Matthew Worth, baritone and Sherezade Panthaki, soprano. These two are top notch talents and we are lucky they agreed to come.
The Lauridsen is also a great work and one that has changed the landscape of American choral music. You might have heard parts of it recently (without knowing it) if you saw the Tom Hanks movie Angels and Demons that was released a few years back. It has become quite a favorite of arts groups across the nation. Lauridsen himself, a President’s National Arts Award winner, wrote the program notes for this concert which we will share with everyone.
I would love for anyone interested to come and hear what two and a half months of hard work of a couple hundred singers sounds like. We will be performing two shows on Sunday, November 17th, at 4pm and 6pm at the George E. Kent Performance Hall in Westerly, Rhode Island. Tickets are available in every section for every price range.
The box office is open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays, so feel free to call 401.596.8663 or purchase tickets online. If you know anyone who would love to attend, please share this with them! Better yet, share it on Facebook.
Chorus of Westerly
George E. Kent Performance Hall
119 High Street
Westerly, RI 02891