It has been nearly a year since the Essex County Choral Festival, titled , brought together eight local choirs representing various musical traditions, with the goal of demonstrating how choral music can be used to build bridges between cultures. The effort was wildly successful, and a follow-up festival has been planned for 2013.
In the meantime, the Newark Boys Chorus School will host Music Within, an afternoon of shared music for singers of Essex County, on Sunday, March 4 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The concept for Music Within is to “offer Essex County singers an opportunity to connect through music on an informal level by exploring texts that are common to all our traditions, but brought to life from different cultural perspectives.”
Music from three different conductors, representing three different traditions will be shared by the choristers. Philip Field of the New Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club will lead I Will Sing- inspired by the Psalms of David; Cantor Erika Lippitz of , South Orange will lead Lamdeini — a setting of an Israeli poem that is used in Jewish liturgy; and Donald Morris of the Newark Boys Chorus will conduct Psalm 150 — A Jamaican setting of O Praise Ye the Lord.
“The Newark Boys Chorus School has served as a gathering place for young singers to hone their art and enrich the cultural life of the county for over 40 years. I can’t think of a better place to gather and share an afternoon of music making,” said Artistic Director Jason Asbury, who also serves as Director of Music at in Maplewood.
Music Within invites all adult and high school age choral singers from Essex County to attend the event at the Newark Boys Chorus School, 1016 Broad St., Newark. Participants are asked to RSVP to Jason Asbury at email@example.com. Admission is free.