A Passion to Sing

Marina Alexander

Musical & Artistic Director


SEASON


PROGRAM TITLE

 DESCRIPTION

Spring 1995

Love's Delightment Done:


An Elizabethan Soap Opera

Elizabethan madrigals paired with 

an original mock-Elizabethan comedy

Fall 1995

The Ancient Sibylls:


Prophets of Hope

Renaissance motets on mystical themes 

foretelling the coming of a Messiah

Spring 1996

Victorian Secrets:


Songs of Passion & Propriety

Victorian Love Songs


(19th c. British “part songs")

Fall 1996


Hallelujah, It's Handel!


Music of G. F. Handel


featuring Chandos Anthem #4, selections from Messiah, & rarely heard works

Spring 1997

A Garden of Song:


A Celebration of Flowers in Music

Flowers celebrated in music and poetry,


featuring the Gartenlieder of 

Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn

Fall 1997

The Glory of Bach

Music of J. S. Bach,


his family, and his students

Spring 1998

Sing To Me In Italian

& I'll Follow You Anywhere!

Italian madrigals, quartets, and songs

from the Renaissance through Rossini

Fall 1998

Merry. Merry Mozart

Works of W. A. Mozart, including 

the Solemn Vespers, K. 339 and 
Ave verum, K. 618

Spring 1999

Only You: Love Songs

of Brahms and the Romantics

Brahms Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103,

plus quartets by Schumann,
Mendelssohn, & Reger

Fall 1999

Music of the Great Cathedrals

Sacred works of the Renaissance,

featuring works from England, Spain,

Italy, Germany, France, & the Netherlands

Spring 2000

One World, Many Voices

International choral & vocal music,

from Greece, India, China, Russia, Israel,

the British Isles, the Ukraine,
& Latin America

Fall 2000

Greater Glories

Sacred Music of the Romantic Period,

featuring Brahms, Wagner, Liszt,

Bruckner, & Dvorak

Spring 2001

Gales & Scales: Tempestuous Music

of Haydn & Beethoven

Beethoven: Calm Sea & Prosperous Voyage, Scottish Songs, Italian quartets;

Haydn: The Tempest, part songs

June 2001

Carnegie Hall Concert

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Fall 2001

Keys to the Kingdom

Mozart: Coronation Mass, K. 317


Anthems by Randall Thompson, Holst, Elgar, Stainer, Bainton, & Sullivan

February 2002

Carnegie Hall Concert

Mozart: Coronation Mass, K. 317

Spring 2002

America, In Love !

Love Songs by American composers,

including Ives, Pinkham, Bernstein,

Rorem, and Gershwin

November 2002

Carnegie Hall Concert

Dvorak: Te Deum; Rutter: Requiem

Bainton: And I Saw A New Heaven

Fall 2002

Power Baroquers!

Vivaldi: Gloria; Pachelbel: Canon in D


Telemann: Laudate Jehovum

Spring 2003

Anniversary Waltzes

10th Aniversary program,


Hawley: Infanta Marina (World Premiere),


Brahms Neue Liebeslieder, Op. 65

Fall 2003

From Heaven On High

Mendelssohn: Gloria (NJ premiere)

June 2003

Rossini's Ermione

NY Premiere - Carnegie Hall


Spring 2004


One Hand, One Heart

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

& choral suite from West Side Story


Faure: Requiem, Op. 50

Moe: Requiem Motet (NY/NJ premiere)
& Magnificat

May 2004

NJPAC Concert

Mahler: Symphony No. 2, the "Resurrection"


Fall 2004


Sacred Mysteries

Hanson: Cherubic Hymn

Sacred Music from the Greek 

& Russian Orthodox Tradition

April 2005

40th Anniversary: 

Monmouth Conservatory

Vivaldi: Gloria

Beethoven: Choral Fantasy

Spring 2005

Sacred & Profane

Poulenc: Gloria

Orff: Carmina Burana

Fall 2005

Magnificent Joy

Bach: Christmas Oratorio, Cantata #1

Rutter: Magnificat

Spring 2006

Mozart Plus One

W. A. Mozart: Requiem

&   

Joseph Eybler: Requiem


Fall 2006


Make We Merry

Britten: A Ceremony of Carols

Conrad Susa: Carols & Lullabies - Christmas in the South West

Vaughn Williams: A Choral Flourish

G. Walker: The Christ-Child's Lullaby


March 2007


Special Performance:

Mozart Plus One

W. A. Mozart: Requiem

&   

Joseph Eybler: Requiem

April 2007

Carnegie Hall Concert

Poulenc: Gloria

Spring 2007

Messa da Requiem

Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem

Fall 2007

Baroque Bounty

Telemann: Redet untereinander mit Psalmen und Lobgesangen (Western Hemisphere Premiere)

plus works by

Purcell, Schutz, & Buxtehude


Dec. 2007


Holiday Concert:

The Spirit of Christmas

Baroque masterworks,
songs of the season,

canciones navidenas,

& a community carol sing

April 2008

Special Performance:

Verdi la Traviata

Concert performance with the

Staten Island Philharmonic

May 2008

Special Performance:

Carnegie Hall

Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem

May 2008

15th Anniversary Concert:

Witty Ditties

A celebration of comedy in music

June 2008

Special Performance:

Hello, Dolly!

Concert performance with the

Revision Theater Company, at the

Paramount Theater, Asbury Park,. NJ

Dec. 2008

Holiday Concert:

The Spirit of Christmas

Music of Brahms & Mendelssohn, 

canciones navidenas,

& a community carol sing

April 2009

The Promise of Paradise

A tribute to Franz Joseph Haydn
on the occasion of the
200th Anniversary  of his death:
Die sieben letzte Worte

unsers Erlosers am Kreuze

Fall 2009

Glad Tidings

Holiday music by English composers, including Kenneth Leighton, John Rutter, Malcolm Archer, David Ogden, 

& G. F. Handel

December

2009

Holiday Concert:

The Spirit of Christmas

Season music by Rutter, Ogen, & Handel, plus a community carol sing

January

2010

Special Performance:

Concert for Peace

Lincoln Center

Celebrating the spirit of 

Dr. Martin Luther King, 

with a performance of Karl Jenkins' Requiem, at Avery Fisher Hall

March 2010

Spirit's Journey

Jenkins Requiem

Benefit performance for

Haitian earthquake relief

March 2010

Axelrod Classical Music Festival

Jenkins Requiem

Premiere performance at the

Vogel Auditorium,

Axelrod Performing Arts Ctr., Deal, NJ

May 2010

Bravo, Beethoven!

Liszt Cantata on the Inauguration of the Beethoven Monument in Bonn, S. 62

(Western Hemisphere premiere)

Beethoven Symphony #9, Op. 125

Fall 2010

Wondrous Love

Sacred music by American composers,

including Randall Thompson,
Libby Larsen,William Hawley,
David Reznick, Ned Rorem, 

Gwyneth Walker, & Aaron Copland

December

2010

Holiday Concert:

The Spirit of Christmas

Holiday favorites, carols of the season, with a special appearance by the Haitian Choir

Spring 2011

Harmonious Voyage

An international program with works from Greece, Italy, Poland, India, Japan, Australia, Israel, Cuba, & Croatia

May 2011

Special Performance:

“Life and Remembrace”

Lincoln Center

World Premiere of Mass with Orchestra

by Vijay Singh, at Alice Tully Hall

Fall 2011

O Great Mystery

Victora's O magnum mysterium, 

and his Missa based on that motet,

plus contemporary works exploring 

mysteries of the season

December

2011

Holiday Concert:

The Spirit of Christmas

Music from the Renaissance and present day celebrating the holidays, with a community carol sing

April 2012

Special Performance:

Video Games Live

Concert performance of music composed for video games, with multimedia effects, at the Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ

May & Oct.

2012

Special Performance:

Mozart 

"Great" C minor Mass. K. 427

A performance of Mozart other unfinished masterwork, featuring the Pan-American Premiere of a new completion by 

Dr. Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs

December

2012

Holiday Concert:

The Spirit of Christmas

Selections by Bach, Adam, and
carols of the season

Fall 2012

Voice of the Turtle Dove

Works based on the biblical

Song of Songs:

Bach Cantata #140 Wachet auf

Christos Hatzis From the Song of Songs

Spring 2013

20th Anniversary Concert:

Standing Ovation!

A retrospective program reprising our favorite works through
the past 20 seasons

October 2013

Special Performance:

Verdi Messa da Requiem

St. Paul the Apostle Church, NY, NY

A special concert to commemorate
Verdi’s 200th birthday

December

2013

Holiday Concert:

The Spirit of Christmas

World Premiere of David Reznick’s

The New Jerusalem, holiday selections, and a community carol sing

March 2014

Winter Concert:

Snowflake Songs

East Coast Premiere of Michael Gandofi’s

Winter Light, Seth Houston’s Snowflakes & other works celebrating the winter season

Spring 2014

Glamorous Genius!

Music & poetry by women, ranging from the renaissance to present day, including the East Coast Premiere of Joan Szymko’s

At Such a Dizzy Height.


December

2014


Holiday Concert:

A Freehold Fa-la-la!



Works based on the Psalms by Rutter, Mantyjaarvi, Homilius, and others,

with a community carol sing



December

2014



Holiday Concert:

The Spirit of Christmas



Works based on the Psalms by Rutter, Mantyjaarvi, Homilius, and others,

with a community carol sing




Spring 2015





Oh la la......la la!!!



A celebration of French composers,  including works by Poulenc, Debussy,
Saint-Saens, Rameau, & Bizet,
plus the
World Premiere of
Marina Alexander’s English singing translation of
Fauré's Les Djinns




December

2015



Holiday Concert:

A Freehold Fa-la-la!




Ramirez’s Navidad Nuestra

and other sacred works for the holidays

by Hispanic composers



December

2015



Holiday Concert:

The Spirit of Christmas




Ramirez’s Navidad Nuestra

and other sacred works for the holidays

by Hispanic composers




Spring 2016




L'Chaim, to Life!


A celebration

 of Jewish music & culture,

including sacred works, Jewish folk music, songs of the Jewish theater, and Broadway



December

2016



Holiday Concert: The Gate of Heaven

A Freehold Fa-la-la!



Sacred works by American composers, including Thompson, Hovhaness, Reznick, and others

plus a community carol sing



December

2016



Holiday Concert: The Gate of Heaven

The Spirit of Christmas



Sacred works by American composers, including Thompson, Hovhaness, Reznick, and others

plus a community carol sing

The Arcadian Chorale has been recognized for its innovative approach to choral programming, which often includes works that have either been revived or rediscovered by our Musical Director, Marina Alexander. Many times, she has created new editions of pieces, both in  their original languages and with new English singing translations, which have been presented at the Chorale's concerts as world premieres. The group has also presented premieres of works by other composers, and revivals of rarely heard masterworks.


To better inform and entertain our audiences, the group often recites poetry or prose about  the  music, the composers, or the theme of the concert between selections, which has enlarged the experiences of our singers, and met with  great  popularity from the public.