Harmony – Newburyport Choral Society Spring 2018 Concert


Under the direction of Dr. George Case, the NCS Spring Concert in May will be a first for NCS in offering an exciting newer version of Mozart’s beloved Requiem. Save the dates – May  5th and 6th, 2018.                                                                                                                                         

There are few pieces more well-known than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Messa da Requiem, written at the very end of his life. In fact, Mozart left his Requiem unfinished. Most often performed in the version completed by his student Franz Xavier Süssmayr, the Requiem has been completed by other composers throughout history. NCS will present the most virtuosic and exciting of those completions – one by eminent Harvard University musicologist and Mozart scholar, Professor Emeritus Robert Levin.  A number of current critics and musicians consider Levin’s by far the most successful at restoring the essence of Mozart’s original style and spirit while leaving intact where possible the invaluable and familiar work of Süssmayr and other early contributors to the completion of the score.

Audience members at this Spring Concert who are hearing the Requiem for the first time will discover its majesty and beauty. Those who are familiar with the traditional Sussmayr completion of the Requiem will find wonderful surprises in Levin’s completion in which he has introduced important new musical material – perhaps the most striking is the Amen fugue at the end of the Lacrimosa.   More than 140 voices of the Newburyport Choral Society will perform the Levin Requiem with four professional soloists and a 17-piece orchestra.

We will pair this work with music of maverick 18th century Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka, known for his harmonic inventiveness and exceptional counterpoint:

“Zelenka’s artistic personality, his biography and his compositional style are utterly distinctive. His style is highly experimental. Was Zelenka really one of the greatest composers of the 18th century, or only one of the most interesting? I think that he still has several surprises for us.” (Schweizerische Musikzeitung)

Please join NCS as we present one of the most memorable and important works in the choral canon, and venture into lesser known but equally intriguing 18th century music!

Tickets go on sale March 9, 2018! – Go to Events Section of Website

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.                                                         Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.


Belleville Congregational Church,                                                         300 High Street, Newburyport


Dr. George Case, Music Director

Dr. Kirsten Helgeland, Piano/Organ


With the NCS Orchestra and Professional Vocal Soloists:

Jennifer Soloway, Soprano

Christina English, Mezzo Soprano

Alex Nishibun, Tenor

Lawson Daves, Bass

Dr. Case and Dr. Helgeland

Photo Credit:  Jeremiah True Photography

This program is supported in part by grants from the Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, and West Newbury Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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