From Our Spring 2014 Concert

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!

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Last Open Researsal Rescheduled!

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.

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Two More Open Rehearsals

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.

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