Saturday, May 5 at 8:00 PM ~ Sunday, May 6 at 4:00 PM
Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High Street, Newburyport, MA
Under the direction of Music Director Dr. George Case, our 2018 Spring Concert offers a unique and beautiful program. The centerpiece is an exciting newer version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s beloved Requiem, complemented by works of the 18th-century maverick Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka, known for his harmonic inventiveness and surprising musical style.
If you plan to attend, please purchase your tickets soon. Tickets can be purchased online, or in Newburyport at the Chamber of Commerce, Jabberwocky Bookshop, The Book Rack, and The Natural Grocer; in Ipswich at Conley’s Drug Store; and in Amesbury at Starbird Jewelers. Some tickets are usually available at the door, but an advance sellout is possible this season.
Written at the very end of Mozart’s life, the Requiem was left unfinished. Most often performed in the version completed by his student, Franz Xavier Süssmayr, the Requiem has also been completed by other composers throughout history. NCS will present the most virtuosic and exciting of those completions, by eminent Harvard University musicologist and Mozart scholar, Professor Emeritus Robert Levin. Those who are familiar with the traditional Süssmayr completion of the Requiem will find wonderful surprises in Levin’s completion.
Look forward to an astounding range of virtuoso performances by our chorus of 150 voices, a 17-piece professional orchestra, and four soloists. Audiences can expect to hear a mixture of complex harmonies and syncopations, passages bursting with energy, and sections that move from peaceful contemplation to explosions of sound. This is a “not to be missed” concert.
- Dr. George Case, Music Director ● Dr. Kirsten Helgeland, Organ
- Jennifer Soloway, Soprano ● Christina English, Mezzo Soprano
- Alex Nishibun, Tenor ● Sam Kreidenweis, Baritone
Please join NCS as we present one of the most memorable and important choral masterpieces of all and venture into less well known but equally intriguing 18th century music. For more information about our 84-year-old community chorus NCS, please visit www.newburyportchoralsociety.org.