Program Notes

Winter Lights

Saturday, December 2, 2017 • 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 3, 2017 • 2:30 and 5:00 pm

Christ Church, Greenwich

Bach’s exhilarating setting of the Magnificat will serve as the centerpiece for the Greenwich Choral Society’s December concerts. We begin with our traditional candle-lit procession, handbells and voices surrounding the audience with the hushed sounds of the season. Shorter works by Handel and Mozart will be interlaced with beguiling carol arrangements, many with audience participation. Highlights will certainly be Michael Isaacson’s animated Light the Legend, and the world premiere of Colin Britt’s Light Upon Light, commissioned by the Greenwich Choral Society.


Mystical Mozart

Saturday, March 17, 2018 • 4:00 pm

Performing Arts Center (Greenwich High School), Greenwich

A great mystery surrounds the Mass in C Minor. The work was apparently halfway complete when Mozart performed it in Salzburg with his wife, but Wolfgang and Constanze left Salzburg the day after the premiere, and Mozart never returned to his birthplace again—nor apparently to the Mass. Whatever the reason, we can be grateful for the music that did survive, replete with exquisite ensembles and dramatic choruses. In addition, the Greenwich Choral Society will perform Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s moving setting of Da Pacem Domine, written in memory of the victims of the 2004 Madrid train bombings.

Joyous Jazz

Saturday, May 5, 2018 • 4:00 pm

Norwalk Concert Hall, Norwalk

Ellington called these concerts “the most important thing I have ever done.” You will be jumping out of your seats as the Greenwich Choral Society closes its 2017-2018 season with excerpts from Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts for “Big Band,” chorus, soloists and tap dancer! “Come Sunday” and “Heaven” are among some of Ellington’s greatest jazz vocal works, and you won’t want to miss one note!