2015-16 Season

Future Programs

Fall 2016 Concert
Duruflé’s Requiem and
Gounod’s Messe Solennelle de Sainte-Cécile
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 8:00 pm
Church of the Immaculate Conception
30 North Fullerton Ave.,
Montclair, NJ

Community “Messiah” Sing
Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 7:30 pm
St. James Episcopal Church
581 Valley Road,
Montclair, NJ

Spring 2017 Concert
Poulenc’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Magnificat and Pergolesi’s Magnificat
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 8:00 pm
Church of the Immaculate Conception
30 North Fullerton Ave.,
Montclair, NJ

Tickets: $20
Tickets may be purchased at the door

Past Concerts

December 6, 2016 HandelMessiah Sing (a community sing-along)

2016 Messiah Sing Photo Gallery

November 19, 2016 gounoddurufleFall 2016 Concert

Duruflé: Requiem and Gounod: Messe Solennelle de Sainte-Cécile

Fall 2016 Concert Photo Gallery

April 9, 2016 beethovenfaureSpring 2016 Concert

Faure: Requiem and Beethoven: Mass in C Major

Spring 2016 Concert Photo Gallery

Watch the concert video

December 1, 2015 HandelMessiah Sing (a community sing-along)

2015 Messiah Sing Photo Gallery

November 14, 2015 verdiFall 2015 Concert

Verdi: Requiem

Fall 2015 Concert Photo Gallery

Watch the concert video

March 21, 2015 HaydnSpring 2015 Concert

Haydn: The Creation

Spring 2015 Concert Photo Gallery

December 2, 2014 HandelMessiah Sing (a community sing-along)

2014 Messiah Sing Photo Gallery

November 15, 2014 BachMozartFall 2014 Concert

J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D and
Mozart: Requiem

Fall 2014 Concert Photo Gallery

PerformancePerformance Video! Special thanks to Montclair TV34 for sharing their broadcast of our November 2014 concert (click here for Performance Video).

April 5, 2014 JenkinsHandelSpring 2014 Concertt

Händel: Dettingen Te Deum and
Jenkins: The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

Spring 2014 Concert Photo Gallery

December 3, 2013

HandelMessiah Sing (a community sing-along)

2013 Messiah Sing Photo Gallery

November 16, 2013 MendelssohnFall 2013 Concert

Mendelssohn: Elijah

Fall 2013 Concert Photo Gallery

March 16, 2013 RossiniSpring 2013 Concert

Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle

Spring 2013 Concert Photo Gallery

PerformancePerformance Video! Special thanks to Montclair TV34 for sharing their broadcast of our March 2013 Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle concert (click here for Performance Video).

December 4, 2012 HandelMessiah Sing (a community sing-along)

2012 Messiah Sing Photo Gallery

November 17, 2012 Gilbert & SullivanPurcellFall 2012 Concert

Famous Opera Choruses and Choral Arrangements of Suites from Jerome Kern’s Show Boat & George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

Fall 2012 Concert Photo Gallery

PerformancePerformance Video! Special thanks to Montclair TV34 for sharing their broadcast of our November 2012 "Famous Opera Choruses" concert (click here for Performance Video).

March 24 and 25, 2012 MendelssohnSpring 2012 Concerts

Brahms: Nänie, Schicksalslied, Ave Maria, Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52, and Alto Rhapsody, plus Brahms’ solo works for piano and organ

PerformancePerformance Video! A very special thanks to Sharon Quilter Colucci, Montclair TV34 Station Manager, for sharing her station's broadcast of our Braham Celebration concert (click here for Performance Video).

December 6, 2011 HandelMessiah Sing (a community sing-along)

2011 Messiah Sing Photo Gallery

November 19, 2011 HandelFall 2011 Concert with Orchestra and Soloists

Händel: Judas Maccabaeus

Fall 2011 Concert Photo Gallery

PerformancePerformance Video! Special thanks to Sharon Quilter Colucci, Montclair TV34 Station Manager, for sharing her station's broadcast of our Judas Maccabaeus concert (click here for Performance Video).

May 21, 2011 Gala ConcertGala Concert with Soloists and Instrumentalists
Selections from Classical, Opera, Broadway, and More
March 19, 2011 MozartBeethovenSpring 2011 Concert with Orchestra and Soloists

Beethoven: Choral Fantasy
Mozart: Mass in C Minor, KV 427

December 7, 2010 HandelMessiah Sing (a community sing-along)
November 13, 2010 HandelBachVivaldiFall 2010 Concert with Orchestra and Soloists

Vivaldi: Gloria RV 588
J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf"
Händel: "Let God Arise"

March 27, 2010 Gilbert & SullivanPurcellSpring 2010 Concert with Orchestra and Soloists

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Gilbert & Sullivan: Trial by Jury

December 1, 2009 HandelMessiah Sing (a community sing-along)
November 21, 2009 MendelssohnFall 2009 Concert with Orchestra and Soloists

Beethoven: "Egmont Overture"
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

April 25, 2009 MendelssohnSpring 2009 Concert with Orchestra and Soloists

Mendelssohn: St. Paul

December 9, 2008 HandelMessiah Sing (a community sing-along)
November 15, 2008 MozartSchubertFall 2008 Concert with Orchestra and Soloists

Schubert: Mass in E Flat
Mozart: Missa Brevis in D Minor, KV 65

April 12, 2008 WagnerSpring 2008 Concert with Orchestra and Soloists

An Evening at the Opera

Habañera and March of the Toreadors from Bizet's Carmen, Easter Hymn from Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, Coronation Scene from Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Anvil Chorus from Verdi's Il Trovatore, Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Verdi's Nabucco, and the Pilgrim Chorus from Wagner's Tannhauser.

December 11, 2007 HandelMessiah Sing (a community sing-along)
December 1, 2007 ComposerFall 2007 Concert with Orchestra and Soloists
April 28, 2007 OrffSpring 2007 Concert with Orchestra and Soloists

Orff: Carmina Burana

December 5, 2006 HandelMessiah Sing (a community sing-along)
November 11, 2006 PergolesiMozartFall 2006 Concert with Orchestra and Soloists

Mozart: Missa in C Major (Credo Mass, K 257)
Pergolesi: Magnificat

April 29, 2006 MendelssohnSpring 2006 Concert with Organ and Chamber Orchestra

Handel: Coronation Anthem #2 – The King Shall Rejoice
Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs
Mendelssohn: 42nd Psalm

The soloists included Karen Momary, soprano; and Kenneth Overton, baritone.

December 6, 2005 HandelMessiah Sing (a community sing-along)
November 12, 2005 BernsteinFall 2005 Concert with Orchestra and Soloists

Saint Saëns: Christmas Oratorio
César Franck: Psalm 150
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

April 16, 2005 DvorakSpring 2005 Concert with Organ and Soloists

Vivaldi: Magnificat
Mozart: Missa Brevis in B Flat
Holst: Short Festival Te Deum
Dvorák: Te Deum

This concert featured magnificent songs of praise directed by Dr. Sándor Szabó. Guest artists included Susan May Schneider, soprano; Elizabeth Perryman, mezzo-soprano; Stephen Oosting, tenor; and Stefanos Koroneos, baritone; with Eric Olsen at the organ.

December 7, 2004 HandelMessiah Sing (a community sing-along)
November 13, 2004 RutterFall 2004 Concert with Organ, Piano and Soloists

Vivaldi, Poulenc, Rutter: Gloria!

These three celebratory Glorias, the first by Antonio Vivaldi, the second by Francis Poulenc and the most recent by John Rutter, span several musical centuries. Gary Schneider conducted. The soloists were Hanne Ladefoged-Dollase, contralto; Susan Schneider, mezzo-soprano; and Janet Montgomery at organ and piano.

Reviewer Paul Somers offered a compelling evaluation of OSNJ's rendition of the Vivaldi piece. Somers found that "Mr. Schneider had his forces singing with clarity which led to great security in the contrapuntal sections. Dotted rhythms snapped as the whole work was filled with energy…the Oratorio Society kept its attention focused and the pitch on the money." In regard to its presentation of Poulenc's Gloria, "the choral singing was very fine, filled with vim and vigor. The rousing 'Laudamus te' was great fun, the final cheerleader ending actually drawing a few chuckles from the audience. … The final, mystical 'Amen' took the breath away in its choral loveliness" [see "A Trinity of Glorias," Classical New Jersey].

April 10, 2004 DvorakSpring 2004 Concert with Organ and Soloists

Dvorák: Requiem

In 2004, OSNJ was able to join others in honoring the centenary anniversary of Antonín Dvorák's death with a special performance of his greatest choral work, the Requiem. Soloists Sewell Griffith, Soprano; Hanne Ladefoged-Dollase, Contralto; Christopher Pfund, Tenor; and Constantinos Yiannoudes, Baritone, along with Sándor Szabó, organist, enriched this presentation.

December 7, 2003 HandelMessiah Sing (a community sing-along)
November 15, 2003 StravinskyFall 2003 Concert with Orchestra and Soloists

Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
Cherubini: Requiem in C Minor

Gary M. Schneider conducted with Sándor Szabó, organist, Thomas Carlo Bo, pianist, and Jeff Pines, percussion, accompanying the chorus.

Paul Somers praised OSNJ's rendition of Cherubini's "rare Requiem" and found Stravinsky's "Psalms sung with transparency": "Gary M. Schneider made an excellent case for [Cherubini's] inclusion in the Requiem canon… the 'Rex tremendae majestatis' was mightily powerful. 'Confutatis maledictis' on the other hand was filled with colorations to paint the text. The singers of the Oratorio Society must be commended for their fortepiano attacks on the 'Lacrymosa' which were executed with precision…."

August 19, 2003 OrffOrff: Carmina Burana Sing (a community sing-along)
2002—2003 Season BeethovenUnder the direction of Gary M. Schneider, OSNJ performed a 'mostly a capella' program with selections from the Renaissance Masters, including Dufay, Palestrina, Gabrieli, Vittoria, and Monteverdi, Gounod's Messe Solennelle, and the world premiere of Peter Quince at the Clavier by local composer Robert Cohen (with readings in honor of OSNJ former director Jack Sacher). Fauré's Requiem and Beethoven's Mass in C were performed in the spring concert.

According to Reviewer Paul Somers, "To be sure, the music was electrifying on its own, but the performance lived up to the music in every way" — "The Society is clearly in good hands with Mr. Schneider. He had them singing with energy and precision. Full expression was achieved in quite dramatic terms..." — "The Oratorio Society sang with sureness and clarity" — "The a capella singing was first rate, filled with expressive detail."