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Choral Concerts

posted Apr 27, 2013, 6:37 AM by Unknown user
I’m singing Carmina Burana at Lincoln Center this Friday evening, May 3 with the National Chorale. This collection of medieval poems is set to music for chorus, soloists, two pianos, and 21 percussion instruments! The movement that opens and closes it, Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi (“O Fortuna”) has been used in films, television shows, commercials and by many sports teams.

But if you’re interested in something more local, the Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus presents their Spring Concert the next evening, Saturday, May 4 at St. Augustine’s Church in Park Slope. This is the oldest volunteer community chorus in Brooklyn, having started in 1955. For this concert, they’re singing Franz Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G major with string quartet accompaniment; Leonard Bernstein’s The Lark, which he composed in a medieval style as incidental choral music to Lillian Hellman’s play about Joan of Arc; and a medley of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway show tunes.

Linda Gaglia is an 18-year alumnus, was Treasurer for 14 years, and coordinated their appearance here at Immaculate Heart of Mary for the Angel & Tree Lighting concerts a few years ago. Mary Czajkowski has been a member for 20 years, as well as its current Secretary. She says “Besides learning the Vivaldi Gloria in my first season with the Brooklyn Philharmonia (it's still my favorite!) I would have to say that a high point of the past 20 years is the Handel's Messiah sing-in we did several years ago at St. Augustine’s Church. It was wonderful to see how much the audience enjoyed singing along with us!”