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>New Jersey Choral Society presents “Peace on Earth”

>New Jersey Choral Society presents “Peace on Earth”
 Bergen & Essex County –Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with tranquil and joyful music as the New Jersey Choral Society presents “Peace on Earth” on Saturday, December 4 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, December 5 at 3:00 pm in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 30 North Fullerton Ave., Montclair. A third performance will be presented on Sunday, December 12 at 5:00 pm in the West Side Presbyterian Church, 6 South Monroe St, Ridgewood.

Under the direction of dynamic conductor Eric Dale Knapp, the New Jersey Choral Society marks its 30th Anniversary with a festive program featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams’ contemplative Mass in G minor, Steven Sametz’s Peace on Earth, Mendelssohn’s How Lovely Are the Messengers, the Swedish carol Wonderful Peace by Gustaf Nordqvist and selections from Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Some seasonal favorites such as God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, First Nowell, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and Peace, Peace (Silent Night) will also be included as well as Betelehemu (a Nigerian Carol) and Light the Legend (a song for Chanukah). Linda Sweetman-Waters will be featured on the organ and a brass consort will also accompany the chorus.

NJCS Christmas 2008

The Inside Line, a complimentary pre-concert lecture for the enrichment of the audience will be held one hour before each concert. John Robert Liepold will present insights into Ralph Vaughan Williams’ stunning Mass in G minor.

The New Jersey Choral Society is one of the state’s most prestigious choral groups, well-known for presenting outstanding and unique programs. They have performed at the White House and Carnegie Hall and have also given international tour performances in Austria, China, Australia, the Czech Republic, Germany and Italy. In July 2011, they will perform in an international music festival at the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

In support of the Center for Food Action, the New Jersey Choral Society will be collecting nonperishable food items at each concert. Donated food items can be deposited in one of the receptacles in the lobby. The Center for Food Action is a non-profit organization that provides emergency food, rental and utility assistance, counseling and advocacy for people in need.

Advance tickets are $20.00 for general admission, $17.00 for students, seniors, and patrons with disabilities, and $12 for children 12 and under (Add $5.00 at the door). Season subscriptions and group discounts are available. All venues are wheelchair accessible and large print and Braille programs are available with two weeks notice. For reservations or more information, call the New Jersey Choral Society at (201) 379-7719 or visit Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

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