From NEWMUSICUSA: Classical Splendor: works for chorus and orchestra by Mozart and Schubert, including Mozart’s Requiem”


Saturday, November 10, 2018
at 7:00 PM

West Side Presbyterian Church
6 South Monroe Street
Ridgewood, NJ 07450


Ars Musica Chorale begins its 53rd season with Classical Splendor: works for chorus and orchestra by Mozart and Schubert, including Mozart’s Requiem. The performance will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, New Jersey. The concert is given in memory of those lost during World War I, which officially ended 100 years ago on November 11, 1918.

The chorus will be accompanied by the award-winning Adelphi Orchestra and members of Ars Musica Chorale’s Encore Young Arts program during this concert of music by titans of the Classical Era, Mozart and Schubert. Mozart’s Requiem, which to this day is shrouded in mystery and intrigue, was composed during the final months of his life. Unfinished at the time of his death, it was later completed by his student Süssmayr. The concert opens with another work from Mozart’s final year, the overture to the opera The Magic Flute, a thrilling tour de force of virtuosity for orchestra. The overture is followed by Franz Schubert’s Mass in G, a work brimming with energy and sublime melodies. The first half concludes with Mozart’s choral miniature, Ave Verum Corpus. The grand finale is Mozart’s powerful, spiritual, fury-filled Requiem, performed with a stunning cast of soloists.

Advance tickets are $30.00 for adults and $25.00 for seniors and those with special needs. (Add $5.00 if purchased at the door.) Children under 18 are free. For reservations or more information, visit or call the Ars Musica Chorale at (551) 226-9305.

Established in 1965, Ars Musica Chorale is one of the oldest and finest choral groups in Bergen County, well-known for presenting outstanding and unique programs. Under the direction of Music Director James Kennerley, Ars Musica Chorale performs four major concerts annually in Bergen County. West Side Presbyterian Church is wheelchair accessible. Funding has been made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.


In 1965, Ars Musica began as a small community chorus. Now in its fifth decade, Ars Musica continues to offer singers the opportunity to perform a wide variety of great music. Our concerts, which take place in one of Northern New Jersey’s most beautiful venues, West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, frequently feature instrumentalists and soloists from the rosters of the Metropolitan area’s renowned opera companies and professional symphony orchestras.

Recognized as one of the most accomplished choruses in the area, the chorus has regularly been invited to perform as guest artist in such venues as Carnegie Hall (with Opera Orchestra of New York), Columbia University’s landmark St. Paul’s Chapel, and St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Paterson, NJ. Since 1989, the Chorale has traveled abroad in alternate summers, performing throughout Europe and Great Britain, and recently in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Our performances adhere to the highest standards, as we continue to dedicate ourselves to upholding the heritage of greatness and beauty in choral music. Our rehearsals are distinguished by a genuine sense of camaraderie among the members who come together to sing some of the world’s most beautiful choral compositions.

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