Meredith Elaine Baker
Join the Long Island Choral Society in the coming season! We are delighted to offer four major concerts, as we have for the past 85 years. Many arts groups have had to scale back because of limited patronage or membership. Our Choral Society, created at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in 1929, has flourished with very talented and devoted membership that gets better and better! Our November and May concerts will be in Rockville Centre, and our December and March concerts will be at the Performing Arts Center at Adelphi University.

Singers are always welcome! Auditions are usually held for the first three Mondays as we begin a new portion of our season. We accept the best of any local choirs, and offer the opportunity to learn more ambitious repertoire in a limited amount of time to become performance-ready with professional soloists and orchestras.

Bach wrote six Motets, whose use was unclear. They may have been written for processions from the church to a grave after a funeral rite. Whatever their reason for being, they are among the most challenging works in the choral repertoire. We have performed Motets 1, 3 and 6 in the past. This November we will program #5 (BWV 229, Komm, Jesu, Komm) and #6 (BWV 230, Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden) with the entire Choral Society, and #2 (BWV 226, Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf) with a small group. Mozart will also be included, with his Missa brevis KV 275 in B flat.

As always, we present Messiah, Part I in December, with our fabulous orchestra members. These professional musicians work throughout the Metropolitan Area and are based in New York City as well as on Long Island. We are so delighted to be able to have them perform with us. Our Artist-in-Residence, Matthew Curran, Bass- baritone, will be featured in the November, December and March concerts. You will be so excited to hear his artistry once again! Our March Concert will be Bach’s Mass in B minor.

Costs to run a choral society are crushing! We are so pleased to announce that we will be rehearsing at the South Side Middle School in Rockville Centre this season for NO COST!!! One of our new Board Members researched the Island for the best option, and RVC won, hands down. Our thanks to her, Dylan Levene, and to the Head of the Arts Department, Brian Zuar. We can afford at least a string quintet for the savings this affords us!

Heavenly music awaits your participation or attendance. We look forward to more members from Rockville Centre joining us, and hope that we will find support by Patrons and Sponsors in you, our subscribers. Please help us by asking your local professional (dentist, doctor) or small business to take an ad in our programs. We continue through your enthusiasm and effort!


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