Fall 2022 Concert: December 17 at 7:30 in Chaplin Hall, Williams College

After over two years off due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Northern Berkshire Choral proudly presents its return to the concert stage this Saturday, December 17, at 7:30, in Chaplin Hall.

Please join us for the brilliant and dramatic Mozart’s Requiem, along with Mendelssohn’s sublime Hear My Prayer for soprano solo and chorus and two glorious motets by Bruckner.

$15 suggested donation, masks recommended for audience members.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – MARCH 14 CONCERT POSTPONED!

The concert scheduled for Saturday March 14th has been postponed in alignment with Williams College’s current policy on events due to concerns regarding the Corona Virus. A new date will be announced in early May. We will share that information as soon as we have it, and hope you will plan to join us for a wonderful program on the new date.  

Please note date change for March concert

Please note that the date of the Northern Berkshire Chorale’s first spring concert has been changed to Saturday March 14, still at 8:00pm, in the Thompson Memorial Chapel on the Williams College campus.

 “I Was Glad” features “Gloria” by John Rutter and other works for Choir, Brass, and Organ, by Parry, Purcell, and Bruckner. 

The program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

The final concert will be Friday May 29, 8:00pm, in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus and features Mendelssohn’s Elijah, with full orchestra. 
Concerts free with $10 suggested donation. 

Rehearsals begin Monday January 6, 2020!!!

Northern Berkshire Chorale starts its new season this coming Monday, January 6, at 7:15pm in Presser Choral Hall, Bernhard Music Center, Williams College.  Please arrive around 7:00 to allow time to pay the season dues ($45) and pick up additional music–including three Bruckner motets and, for some of you, the Purcell, Parry, or Rutter pieces that were passed out in the fall.       This season’s concerts will be on Friday March 6 and Friday, May 29.  The former will feature Rutter’s Gloria and the latter, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, complete.  We are considering moving the former concert to March 7 in view of the major Sondheim-centered events (and evening concert) at Williams on the 6th.

Our December Concert is just under a month away and we are working hard to prepare a wonderful performance! 

“A Baroque Christmas” will feature two baroque-period masterworks in the Vivaldi Gloria and Bach Cantata 140 Wachet auf, and other baroque favorites for the season, with our newly expanded chorus roster, and chamber orchestra. Please join us on December 13 at 8:00 in Chapin Hall. 
Thanks!


March Concert Friday March 15, 8 PM Chapin Hall, Williams College, Williamstown

The Northern Berkshire Chorale’s March 15th concert The Soul’s Longing will feature works by Brahms, Verdi, Rossini and Handel. The program will be held at 8 PM in Chapin Hall on the Williams College Campus in Williamstown. Suggested donations are $10, $5 for students. 

In a message from Artistic Director Andrew Burger he states: “When planning my first season with the Northern Berkshire Chorale as Artistic Director I had not planned on each concert having such a historical narrative, but as the fall flew by it seemed that it was inevitable. Moving past the formidable legacy left by the composers we explored in the classical period, we turn to the romantic, which in choral music is highlighted by the two composers featured in this upcoming March 15 concert. 

Johannes Brahms and Giuseppe Verdi represent two national icons of a vast romantic choral library which is filled with very personal perspectives on death, the afterlife, and the human experience. The music itself not so morbid, rather the composers show very contrasting and dynamic attitudes towards the subjects. The two works that will be highlighted in our concert are the Brahms Nänie composed in 1881 and the Verdi Stabat Mater completed in 1897 (the last piece completed by Verdi). These pieces will be paired with other works by Brahms, Rossini, and Handel, as well as a work by living composer Ola Gjeilo, The Ground, which will return on our May concert in its chamber orchestra version.”

 

Spring Program Rehearsals begin Monday January 14 at 7:15.

Rehearsals for the Northern Berkshire Chorale’s spring concert will begin Monday, January 14, with the  first rehearsal starting at 7:15 pm in Presser Choral Hall in the Bernhard Music Center on the Williams College campus. Please plan to arrive around 15 minutes early to pay season dues (still $40) and pick up music.

Artistic Director Andrew Burger has planned another great lineup for the spring, including Durufle’s Requiem and more contemporary works from Lauridsen, Raminish, and Gjeilo.

For more information, email jmahon@williams.edu.