Musical magic in Morristown

February 28, 2013 by  

Music lovers in Morristown have a chance to hear some rarely-performed works, when the Harmonium Choral Society performs “Circle of Breath,” the second offering in its 2012-2013 season, this weekend.

The concert features the ‘Coronation Mass’ by Mozart, and the first East Coast performance of a work by Robert Kyr, who has created a new version of Samuel Barber’s ‘The Lovers’, which he based on poems of Pablo Neruda. Originally composed for a full orchestra, Kyr has restyled it for the much smaller chamber ensemble. ‘The Lovers’ features a chorus and baritone soloist.

The soloists are Greg Voinier, who appears this Saturday, March 2, and Mark Moliterno, who sings Sunday, March 3. Voinier has appeared in numerous productions with Vocal Productions NYC, including the roles of Belcore in ‘L’elisir d’amore’ and Reverend Baines in ‘Elmer Gantry’. He teaches at the Rockaway Township Public Schools at the elementary level.

Moliterno, meanwhile, has sung throughout the world, undertaking such roles as Escamillo in ‘Carmen’ and Leporello in ‘Don Giovanni’. He teaches at Westminster Choir College located in Princeton, New Jersey.

The chamber orchestra is a hand-picked sixteen-member group that has played with Harmonium before.

The venue is the Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 South Park Place. Tickets at the door are $25 general admission and $20 for seniors and students. A discount was available for people who got their ticket before February 22.

Harmonium could work with specialists in poster printing to create eye-catching artworks to put in windows around the city.