Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: February 20, 2016

 

Masterwork Chorus Presents Forest and Vale: Settings of Beloved Poems to Warm Your Heart, Summit, NJ

 

New Music Director Chris Shepard makes his Carnegie Hall debut as The Masterwork Chorus performs Handel’s Messiah.

 

New Music Director Chris Shepard makes his Carnegie Hall debut as The Masterwork Chorus performs Handel’s Messiah. 
Photo Credit: William Winburn, 2015.

 

Summit, New Jersey, January 27, 2016 - Enjoy an evening with The Masterwork Chorus as they explore themes of nature in Forest and Vale on February 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm at Calvary Episcopal Church, 31 Woodland Avenue, Summit, NJ.  Music Director Chris Shepard leads the 100-voice chorus with noted accompanist Carol Walker at the piano.
 
In Blakesongs, Richard Charlton sets five of William Blake’s much-loved poems including “The Tyger” and “To See the World in a Grain of Sand.”  Both highlight the poet’s fascination with experience and industrialization and their impact on innocence.  The lyrics for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ cantata, In Windsor Forest, come from Elizabethan literature - Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and poems of Shakespeare’s contemporaries. Although this piece initially appears to strike a mood of joy and exuberance, at its conclusion it admonishes the listener that “all the world is a play.”  The final work on the program, Frostiana by Randall Thompson, celebrates the poetry of Robert Frost.  From the simplicity of “The Road not Taken,” to the richness of the men’s voices in “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, “ to the spiritual message of “Choose Something like a Star,” these lyrics and their Randall Thompson settings will warm listeners’  hearts. 
 
Tickets, $25 general/$12 students, can be purchased at
www.masterwork.org and are also available at the door.  In honor of the National Park Service’s Centennial, fourth graders are invited to attend for free.

 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Elaine Fiorino

Email: mefiorino@PelicanAnalytics.com

Phone: (908) 526-6694

 

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840 SHERWOOD RD, Bridgewater, New Jersey, 08807

Web: www.masterwork.org

 

 Calendar Listing

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Masterwork Chorus Presents Forest and Vale; Settings of Beloved Poems to Warm Your Heart

Event Date: February 20, 2016

Event Time: 8:00 pm

Event Location: Calvary Episcopal Church, 31 Woodland Avenue, Summit, New Jersey

Admission: General $25;, Students $12; Fourth Graders Free

Web: www.masterwork.org

Contact: Elaine Fiorino, info@Masterwork.org, (973) 692-6051

Description: Enjoy an evening with The Masterwork Chorus as they explore themes of nature in Forest and Vale on February 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm at Calvary Episcopal Church, 31 Woodland Avenue, Summit, NJ.  Music Director Chris Shepard leads the 100-voice chorus with noted accompanist Carol Walker at the piano. In Blakesongs, Richard Charlton sets five of William Blake’s much-loved poems including “The Tyger” and “To See the World in a Grain of Sand.”  Both highlight the poet’s fascination with experience and industrialization and their impact on innocence.  The lyrics for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ cantata, In Windsor Forest, come from Elizabethan literature - Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and poems of Shakespeare’s contemporaries.

 


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