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Westchester Choral Society Continues to Sing with Enthusiasm

Westchester Choral Society’s enthusiasm for singing has not diminished,

despite having to sing remotely. Of course, personal contact is very much missed. However, the imposed isolation due to the lingering coronavirus makes singing more important, more meaningful. It fills the void. It nourishes the heart and the soul and according to much research enhances physical well-being.

During the month of March, under the expert direction of Music Director Frank Nemhauser and Associate Music Director David Baranowski, the chorus will continue to rehearse Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato.

The music is playful, lively, dynamic and depicts Handel’s use of “word painting” which is a sort of blueprint of what is going on. The lyrics are light-hearted, gay, as seen below.

L’Allegro:   Populous cities please us then, and the busy hum of men,

Populous cities please us then, where throngs of knights and barons

      bold in weeds of peace high triumphs hold,

      with store of ladies whose bright eyes rain influence

      and judge the prize of wit,

      while both contend to win her grace, whom all commend,

      with store of ladies whose bright eyes rain influence

      and judge the prize of wit or arms, of wit,

      while both contend to win her grace,

      to win her grace, whom all commend.

On the last Tuesday of each month, Frank talks to the chorus on topics of interest, such as music theory and solfege, information on the composer of the moment, or rhythm. The chorus also gets a chance to socialize and catch up with one another which is much enjoyed and appreciated.

We are indeed fortunate that our maestro has selected such beautiful, invigorating and uplifting music during this stressful time of the pandemic.

Members always share feeling inspired and encouraged after rehearsals.

Frank Nemhauser also serves as music director for the Berkshire Choral International and is both director of vocal studies and associate professor at Mannes College of Music in New York.

David Baranowski is also music director of the Hudson Chorale.

For additional information please visit: www.westchesterchoralsociety.org

WCS is a nonprofit 501©(3)organization.