The Mineola Choral Society of Long Island, now celebrating our 74th concert season, continues to grow both in numbers and repertoire. Consisting of 80 amateur singers from many professions and walks of life, the Mineola Choral Society is still much the same as it was when we began, rehearsing Monday evenings in a friendly, congenial atmosphere and performing two major concerts each season. Over the years, our concerts have featured many classical masterworks from immortals such as Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Haydn, Handel and Schubert, as well as the music of more modern composers including Berlin, Bernstein, Copland, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gershwin, Webber, Orff, Duruflé, Poulenc and many others. Below is a synopsis of our last four concerts.
Winter Concert 2020
In January of 2020, the 80-voice chorus and orchestra of the Mineola Choral Society united three beloved musical compositions from the Classical, Romantic and Modern eras to form our Winter Concert at Corpus Christi RC Church in Mineola. The program opened with Mozart’s Mass in C major, K. 317, generally regarded as Mozart’s greatest complete Mass setting. This was followed by an orchestral interlude featuring Samuel Barber’s hauntingly-beautiful Adagio for Strings which received national acclaim when it was premiered by Arturo Toscanini with the NBC Symphony Orchestra in 1938. The finale of the afternoon was Gabriel Fauré’s inspiring Requiem in D minor, opus 48, which, in contrast to the more grand Requiems of Verdi or Brahms, is distinguished by its comfort and solace, forgoing the theatrical to focus on sorrow, hope joy and peace.
Spring Concert 2019
Titled The Music of the Masters: LET FREEDOM RING!, this concet continued our plea for liberty and brotherhood throughout the world. From the sublime a cappella opening of Max Janowski's Sim Shalom (Create Peace) to the the Finale of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Ode to Joy), which has become the musical banner for harmony and peace throughout the world, the concert was a highly inspirational declaration: LET FREEDOM RING! With a 40-piece orchestra and soprano Adrienne Patino Dunn, mezzo-soprano Janara Kellerman, tenor Joshua Benevento and bass Edward Hanlon, the chorus also presented excerpts from Ernest Bloch’s Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service) and selections from part 1 of George Frideric Handel’s Israel in Egypt. Following an interlude, a tender and emotional performance of Max Christian Friedrich Bruch’s Kol Nidrei featuring solo clarinetist David Gould and the orchestra, the chorus returned to perform "Preghiera" (Prayer) from Gioachino Rossini’s Mosé in Egitto, "Va, pensiero" from Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco and the finale, Ode to Joy.
Winter Concert 2019
This concert marked our return to Corpus Christi RC Church in Mineola where over 350 people came to hear the chorus and orchestra perform Antonín Dvořák's Stabat Mater, op. 58 with soloists Eileen Mackintosh, soprano, Janara Kellerman, mezzo-soprano, Joshua Benevento, tenor, and Edward Hanlon, bass. The sensitivity and intensity of the chorus and orchestra poignantly portrayed the grief and suffering of the Virgin Mary as she watched her son being tortured and crucified to his death. The concert began with “O Nata Lux,” the a cappella third movement of Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna.
Listen to MCS: Excerpt from Movement 1 of Dvořák's Stabat Mater performed January, 2019 at Corpus Christi Church, Mineola, NY