The Warwick Valley Chorale has begun rehearsals for their 2019 spring season. This season’s repertoire, directed by Stanley Curtis and accompanied by Gail Johnson, represents 1,000 years of song.
The Cambridge Songs Suite No. 2 was composed in 2018, using 11th century lyrics (whose original tunes have been lost) to create an exciting and gorgeous modern cantata. The Warwick Chorale will join the composer’s own choruses to sing the world premiere of this work at Carnegie Hall on Mon., Jun. 10. Giovanni Pergolesi’s 18th century Magnificat will also be performed in both local concerts in May.
The local performances will be rounded out with a wide selection of 20th century classics from the American songbook including “Who Could Ask for Anything More,” “Our Love is Here to Stay,” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” as well as Broadway tunes including “Bring Him Home,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” and “Luck Be a Lady Tonight.”
Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Warwick Reformed Church, located at 16 Maple Ave. in Warwick. Interested singers can register on Tues., Jan. 22 and Tues., Jan. 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Chorale invites new members to join. Auditions are not required. For more information visit www.warwickvalleychorale.org or find the Chorale on Facebook.