We especially enjoy bringing little known choral gems to our audiences, and here is an example from our May 18, 2014 concert, performed at Larchmont Avenue Church in Larchmont, New York. The composer is Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968), and the selection is the “Shiviti” from his Memorial Service for the Departed. The soloist is Erik Contzius, Cantor of Temple Israel of New Rochelle, New York, and also a composer.
We are singing in Hebrew; the words are taken from Psalm 16, verses 8-9.
I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will dwell securely.
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco fled his native Italy in 1939 and came to the U.S. He is remembered today for his compositions for guitar and also for the many film scores he wrote for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. His Memorial Service has not been much performed, however. Enjoy!
Our September 23 rehearsal has been rescheduled for Monday, September 22, at 7:30. There will be no rehearsal on September 23. If you had hoped to attend the final open rehearsal but can’t come on Monday, you are still welcome to our September 30 rehearsal, at 7:30 at Larchmont Avenue Church (directions).
Participation in an open rehearsal doesn’t require you to commit to being a member, but if you enjoy the rehearsal we hope you will audition and join us. We’re rehearsing Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams and A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, to be performed December 7, 2014, at Larchmont Avenue Church.
We have two more open rehearsals this fall, on September 16 and 23, at 7:30 at Larchmont Avenue Church (directions). All singers are welcome to drop by and try us out! We’re rehearsing Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams and A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, to be performed December 7, 2014, at Larchmont Avenue Church.
Here’s just a little snip from our May 18 concert, the “Sanctus” from the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré.
Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1919, drawn by William Rothenstein.
Open rehearsals are a great way to “try on” our Westchester Chorale to see if it fits, and the first open rehearsal for the fall season is at 7:30 on September 9 at Larchmont Avenue Church (directions). All participants will be very welcome!
One of the two pieces we will be singing in our next concert (December 7, 2014) Is the Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Here is some background on this sumptuous composition, which was written and first performed in 1912.
Our other choral piece will be Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, which Britten began to compose while traveling home to Britain from America on a Swedish cargo vessel in 1942. We are lucky to have this work, and not just because of the threat of U-boats. Other manuscripts Britten carried with him on that voyage were confiscated — and lost — by customs officials in case they were a secret code. Here is the story.