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Event Date: August 2, 2014

 

Elgar's Dream of Gerontius to conclude Berkshire Choral Festival Season, August 2, Sheffield, MA

 

Composed in 1900, Elgarís dramatic cantata is based on a poem by Cardinal John Henry Newman.  Today, the  work ranks just behind Handelís Messiah and Mendelssohnís Elijah as the most frequently performed choral work in Great Britain.

 

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Sheffield, Massachusetts, July 17, 2014 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - The Berkshire Choral Festival concludes its thirty-third summer in Sheffield on Saturday, August 2 with The Dream of Gerontius, Edward Elgarís dramatic masterpiece about the death and salvation of an elderly man.  Leading the soloists, the 200-voice Festival Chorus, and the Springfield Symphony will be Kent Tritle, director of music and organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
 
The 7:30 p.m. concert will be held in the air-conditioned Jackman L.Stewart Center on the campus of Berkshire School at 245 North Undermountain Road in Sheffield. It will be preceded at 6:15 by a free talk by University of Massachusetts musicologist Dr. Laura Stanfield Prichard.
 
Composed in 1900, Elgarís dramatic cantata is based on a poem by Cardinal John Henry Newman.  Today, the  work ranks just behind Handelís Messiah and Mendelssohnís Elijah as the most frequently performed choral work in Great Britain.
 
Ticket prices range from $20 to $45.00. Tickets for the concert may be purchased by phone at (413) 229-1999, at the Festival's box office in the Stewart Center, or online at www.chorus.org.  Concert-goers are welcome to picnic on the campus prior to the performance, and the snack bar, which benefits the Sheffield Kiwanis scholarship fund, will be open before the concert and during intermission.

 

The Festival will move on to Scheggino, Italy, for performances of works by Scarlatti and Monteverdi. For further information on the Festival, including the Summer 2015 concert schedule, call (413) 229-8526 or visit www.choralfest.org.               

 

About the Berkshire Choral Festival:

Based in Sheffield, Massachusetts, the Berkshire Choral Festival (BCF) was founded in 1982 as a not-for-profit educational institution with a unique purpose: to provide amateur singers with professional-level choral immersion experiences. During weeklong singing vacations at culturally rich US and international locations, knowledgeable amateurs study, rehearse, and perform masterpieces of the choral repertoire under the direction of world-class conductors, with professional symphony orchestras. In-depth workshops and courses with our professional staff round out the educational experience.

 

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 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Lusha Martin

Email: LMartin@choralfest.org

Phone: 413.229.1310

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.

 

Berkshire Choral Festival

245 N Undermountain Road, Sheffield, Massachusetts, 01257

Web: www.choralfest.org

 

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Massachusetts, Sheffield, Event Date: August 2, 2014
Elgar's Dream of Gerontius to conclude Berkshire Choral Festival Season, August 2, Sheffield, MA

The Berkshire Choral Festival concludes its thirty-third summer in Sheffield on Saturday, August 2 with The Dream of Gerontius, Edward Elgarís dramatic masterpiece about the death and salvation of an elderly man.  Leading the soloists, the 200-voice Festival Chorus, and the Springfield Symphony will be Kent Tritle, director of music and organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.   The 7:30 p.m. concert will be held in the air-conditioned Jackman L.Stewart Center on the campus of Berkshire School at 245 North Undermountain Road in Sheffield. It will be preceded at 6:15 by a free talk by University of Massachusetts musicologist Dr. Laura Stanfield Prichard.   Composed in 1900, Elgarís dramatic cantata is based on a poem by Cardinal John Henry Newman.  Today, the  work ranks just behind Handelís Messiah and Mendelssohnís Elijah as the most frequently performed choral work in Great Britain.   Ticket prices range from $20 to $45.00. Tickets for the concert may be purchased by phone at (413) 229-1999, at the Festival's box office in the Stewart Center, or online at www.chorus.org.


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