Early Winter Concert 8:00 PM Friday December 15

Join the Northern Berkshire Chorale under the direction of Noah Palmer on Friday December 15 at 8 PM in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus, Williamstown for their early winter concert.

Featuring Mozart’s exciting and joyful Vespers setting, Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, one of Mozart’s most prized compositions, it has a little bit of everything–rhythmical celebration choruses, stately church fugues, and a fluid and mesmerizing solo for soprano. The Laudate Dominum movement contains one of the most gorgeous melodies that Mozart wrote for the voice. Sylvia Stoner, one of the Capital Region’s premier sopranos, will be featured in this performance.

The concert opens with Handel’s 4th Chandos Anthem, O Sing Unto the Lord. Handel composed the Chandos Anthems while working for the Duke of Chandos at the Duke’s estate in Cannons, England. They are modest psalm settings with minimal orchestration–almost like chamber music–yet with the rich variety of choral and solo forces. Tenor Alexander Turpin will sing The Waves of the Sea, featuring bouts of effervescent coloratura and great dramatic flair. Additional soloists are Ann Marie Adamick, mezzo soprano, and Keith Kibler, bass.

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Join us for our Spring Concert 8:00 PM Friday April 28, Thompson Chapel at Williams College

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Spring Concert

The Northern Berkshire Chorale’s Spring concert is Friday April 28 at 8:00 PM in Thompson Chapel on the Williams College Campus in Williamstown.

The Springtime of the Year: Five Centuries of American and British Songs will celebrate the music of a range of composers including Vaughan Williams, Aaron Copland and Stephen Foster.

Northern Berkshire Chorale rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7:15-9:15 in Presser Choral Hall in the Bernhard Music Center on the Williams College campus. nbchorale.org for more information.

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Join us for our performance April 29th!

Spring 2016

The Northern Berkshire Chorale will perform Handel’s Coronation Anthems on Friday, April 29th, at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Chapel on the Williams College campus. The performance will feature orchestral accompaniment and will also include works by Mozart and Brahms.

The chorale will be led by new artistic director, Noah Palmer and accompanied by Derek Galvin. Suggested donations are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and children are admitted for free. The performance is generously sponsored by True North and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For additional information, please visit www.nbchorale.org or like us on Facebook.

The Northern Berkshire Chorale Presents an Evening of American Music

The Northern Berkshire Chorale will present an evening of American music on Friday, January 22nd, at 7:30p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus.

The performance will feature two works from local composer Stephen Dankner as well as Randall Thompson’s Frostiana: Seven Country Songs, a series of Robert Frost poems set to music. Other highlights include works by Copland and Lauridsen.

The chorale will be led by interim director John Howland and accompanied by Patricia Ho, with a guest appearance by Jane Jenkins. Suggested donations are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. Children are admitted for free.

Northern Berkshire Chorale Welcomes New Artistic Director, Noah Palmer

We are excited to announce that we have hired Noah Palmer as our new artistic director. Noah’s diverse background began as a pianist, studying with the renowned Spanish pianist José Ramon Mendez at NYU (BA), and Bulgarian pianist Pavlina Dokovska at Mannes (MM). He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Europe, and China. More recently has has been coaching singers to prepare for numerous operas. We are very excited to have Noah on board and look forward to singing under him for our spring performance. Rehearsals begin on February 1 and of course, new and former singers are welcome – join us!

We’re looking for a new Artistic Director!

The Artistic Director will be responsible for:

• planning and conducting concert programs
• supervising the accompanist
• assisting the librarian in obtaining necessary new music
• holding regularly scheduled rehearsals
• arranging for soloists and instrumentalists, as needed
• consulting with the Steering Committee regarding program, budget, schedule and any problems which may arise

The ideal candidate will be prepared to engage and, at times, challenge the Chorale, supporting and interacting with singers of differing abilities to encourage and teach an increasing level of skills necessary for tackling more complex compositions.

Application: Please provide a c.v. or resume, plus cover letter. Link to video of applicant directing a chorus in rehearsal or performance is also suggested. Reply to search@nbchorale.org.

Join us for our 15th anniversary season!

We are happy to announce the schedule and repertoire for our Fall-Winter 2015-2016 semester, which marks our 15th anniversary!

Rehearsals begin on Monday, September 28th at 7:15pm in Presser Hall. Our concert will be on Friday, January 22nd and we’ll be preparing works by American composers, including Thompson’s Frostiana (a throw back to our first concert), The Lark by Copland, three pieces by local composer Steve Dankner, two pieces from Lauridsen’s Les Chansons des Roses, and a few other pieces we are still firming up.

While we continue our search for a new director, John Howland has graciously agreed to lead us for this semester. Tricia Ho, a senior at Williams will be our accompanist.

We hope that you will join us for what promises to be a memorable 15th anniversary celebration! If you have any questions, please email info@nbchorale.org.

Concert Friday January 16, 2015

Don’t miss our Winter Concert! It is happening Friday January 16 at 7:30 PM in Chapin Hall at Williams College

The program will feature soloists and the Chorale performing the following works:

Haydn Creation Choruses in German
Handel When His Loud Voice in Thunder
Thompson Last Words of David
Hanson Psalm 150
Mendelssohn Heilig
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Please join us!

Suggested donation: $10 Adults/ $5 Students.

Join us for our 13th season!

Calling all singers!

We will begin rehearsals for our winter concert on Monday, September 29th. Rehearsals take place every Monday from 7:15-9:15pm in Presser Hall on the Williams College campus. Please plan to arrive early on the 29th to register and bring $40 to cover your dues.

We’ll be preparing the following pieces for a Friday, January 16th performance in Chapin Hall:

Haydn Creation Choruses in German
Handel When His Loud Voice in Thunder
Thompson Last Words of David
Hanson Psalm 150
Mendelssohn Heilig
Mozart Regina Coeli k276

Additionally, our spring program will be a celebration of Copland & Bernstein! The concert will feature Copland’s rarely heard complete Old American Songs for chorus and full orchestra. Also on the program is the music from Bernstein’s A Wonderful Town and selections from Candide. For this performance, we’ll be joining forces with the Cantilena Chamber Choir on May 2nd at Thompson Memorial Chapel in Williamstown and on May 3rd at Trinity Church in Lenox.

Please mark your calendars for these dates and share with your musically inclined friends! We would love to have some new members this semester.