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Saturday, November 18, the Pro Arte Chorale of Ridgewood will Present its Interpretation of “Carmina Burana.”

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Ridgewood NJ, On Saturday, November 18, the Pro Arte Chorale of Ridgewood will present its interpretation of “Carmina Burana.”

Continue reading Saturday, November 18, the Pro Arte Chorale of Ridgewood will Present its Interpretation of “Carmina Burana.”

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The New Jersey Choral Society presents “O Fortuna – A Celebration of Hope and Joy”

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April 28,2016
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Ridgewood NJ,  Experience the crashing of cymbals, the power of over 100 voices, and thesonority of two pianos and a percussion ensemble as the New Jersey Choral Society presents “O Fortuna – A Celebration of Hope and Joy” featuring Carl Orff’s epic masterwork “Carmina Burana.” The Connecticut Choral Society and the NJCS Festival Youth Chorus, directed by Noelle Dachis, will join NJCS in this exciting performance, which will be held on Saturday, June4 at 8:00 pm at the West Side Presbyterian Church, 6 South Monroe St., Ridgewood.

The exhilarating program, under the direction of Eric Dale Knapp, focuses on Carl Orff’s scenic cantata “Carmina Burana,” based on 24 medieval poems, which cover a wide range of topics, including the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of spring, and the wonders and joy of food, drink and physical love. This eclectic collection was written in Latin, Middle High German and French and included fragments of musical notation suggesting it was used as a songbook in 11 th and 12 th centuries.

Messages of goodwill and humanitarian understanding are also represented in the diverse program through such inspirational works as “Lux Aeterna” by Abel Di Marco, “Peace” by Daniel Brewbaker, the profoundly moving “Inscription of Hope” by Z. Randall Stroope, and the musically inventive “Sizzle!” by Nathan Daughtrey.Pianists Linda Sweetman-Waters and Ruth Draper, along with a Percussion Ensemble, will accompany the choruses. Guest soloists Megan Knapp (soprano), Nathan Munson (tenor) and Peter Kendall Clark (baritone) will also be featured. A procession of 90 local Boy and Girl Scout troops as well as a local Color Guard presenting flags of the world will open this spectacular concert.

Advance tickets are $35.00 for adults and $30.00 for students, seniors, and patrons with disabilities. (Add $5.00 at the door). A 10% discount for groups of 10 or more is also available. Come one hour prior to performance time for The Inside Line, a complimentary lecture for all ticket holders that provides an intimate and entertaining preview of the music. For reservations or more information, visit or call the New Jersey Choral Society at (201) 379-7719.

The West Side Presbyterian Church is wheelchair accessible. Funding has been made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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New Jersey Choral Society is looking for 50 young Singers


Do you know a budding young singer???????

November 17,2015

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Ridgewood NJ, NJCS is looking for an ensemble of about 50 young singers (or more) from grades 6 through 12 to join us in our spring performances of Carmina Burana! The New Jersey Choral Society’s Youth Festival Chorus will be singing the rarely performed Ragazzi portion of Carl Orff’s beautiful work. Rehearsals will be on Mondays from 4-5:30pm in Ridgewood with concerts in Connecticut (May), New Jersey (June), and possibly Lincoln Center (June). Auditions will be held on Monday, January 14th in Ridgewood.

This will be a unique and exciting opportunity for young choral singers to perform with North Jersey’s premiere chorus Please share this information with anyone that would be interested in joining us, and have them contact our Youth Choral Director, Noelle Dachis, at for more information!!!

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Chorale and the NJ Festival Orchestra Friday May 29


May 17,2015

Ridgewood NJ, “O Fortuna!” The Pro Arte Chorale’s 2014-2015 season culminates onFriday , May 29, with a performance of one of the best known and mostloved choral/orchestral works of the 20th century, Carmina Burana.

Join us on this fantastic musical journey celebrating the return of spring, the fickleness of fortune and wealth, and the pleasures of drinking and

The concert will be held at West Side Presbyterian Church located at 6 S. Monroe St., Ridgewood, NJ beginning at 8pm. The Pro Arte Chorale will be joined by Guest Conductor Maestro David Wroe and the NJ Festival Orchestra, as well as the Newark Arts High School Choir, in the performance of this perennial favorite amongst concert-goers!