2018–2019 Performance Schedule

From Verdi's Stabat Mater, performed January, 2017

Sunday, December 16, 2018, 3 p.m.

Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert

Chaminade High School
340 Jackson Avenue, Mineola, New York 11501

Our 71st concert season begins on Sunday, December 16, 2018 when we are once again guests of the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra for their Christmas Concert at Chaminade High School. Under the direction of Maestro Louis Panacciulli, the Pops has presented a free Christmas Concert in Mineola and for 32 years, and the Mineola Choral Society has always been privileged to be a part of this joyous event. This free concert features inspiring and exciting orchestral arrangements of the music of the season, and the Choral Society joins the orchestra in selections from Handel’s Messiah, and a number of songs and carols.


Sunday, January 27, 2019, 3 p.m.

Antonín Leopold Dvořák Stabat Mater

Corpus Christi RC Church
155 Garfield Avenue, Mineola, NY 11501

The Mineola Choral Society Winter Concert centers on the transcendent faith that provides strength to many in times of adversity as it did for the three composers whose music we will perform. We will begin with the a cappella third movement, "O Nata Lux" (O Light Born of Light) from Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light), which Morten Lauridsen (1945) composed in 1997, the year his mother died. In 1814, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) composed Elegischer Gesang (Elegiac Song) op. 118, for SATB chorus and string orchestra, as a tender commemoration of a patron's wife. Czech composer Antonin Leopold Dvořák (1841–1904) completed his setting of Stabat Mater in 1877. This text is from a medieval Latin hymn on the suffering of the Virgin Mary as she stands before her Son on the Cross. Dvořák composed this very personal work in the years 1876-1877 as he and his wife, then childless, mourned the deaths of their three young children.


Sunday, May 5, 2019, 3 p.m.

The Message of the Masters

LET FREEDOM RING!

Stephen C. Widom Cultural Arts at
Temple Emanuel Great Neck
150 Hicks Lane, Great Neck, New York 11024

History is replete with mankind’s continued struggles to bring about freedom and peace in countries, cultures and society. At this, our 71st annual Spring Concert and our third under the auspices of Stephen C. Widom Cultural Arts, the 80-voice Mineola Choral Society and orchestra turns to the music of master composers—Beethoven, Handel, Rossini and Verdi—to continue that plea for liberty and brotherhood throughout the world. Max Janosky's setting of the blessing Sim Shalom (Create Peace) is a fitting opening for this program followed by excerpts from Ernest Bloch's Sacred Service who, at age 10, said, “I would compose music that would bring peace and happiness to mankind.” Then, part I of Handel's oratorio Israel in Egypt depicts scenes from the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. Opera choruses by Rossini (“Prayer” from Moïse et Pharaon) and Verdi (“Va, pensiero” from Nabucco) dramatize the Israelites' struggle for freedom. The latter was so well received that it became a rallying point for Italian unification and freedom from foreign intervention. The concert concludes with the last movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, a musical setting of Friedrich von Schiller's Ode to Joy composed as a celebration of brotherhood and equality. On December 23, 1989, Leonard Bernstein conducted Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in West Berlin to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall. And around the world, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy has become the musical banner for harmony and peace–a highly emotional declaration that shouts: LET FREEDOM RING!


Stephen C. Widom Cultural Arts at
Temple Emanuel Great Neck
150 Hicks Lane
Great Neck, New York 11024

 

Concert 1

Concert 2