The Westminster Choir, conducted by Joe Miller, will perform Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with chamber orchestra on Sunday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Chapel on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary.
Often referred to as the ‘Great Mass,’ Mozart’s Mass in C Minor is one of the best known and most widely performed of the composer’s mass settings and is generally considered to be one of his greatest works. Uniting musical vision and religious text, it draws on Mozart’s skill for drama that made his operatic works such a phenomenal success.
The Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College, a division of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts. In addition to this concert, the ensemble’s 2010-2011 season includes a concert tour of Florida, three radio broadcasts and its annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA. Its debut recording with Joe Miller, Flower of Beauty, earned critical praise from American Record Guide, which described the Westminster Choir as “the gold standard for academic choirs in America.” Its second recording, Noël, a collection of French Christmas music, was released this fall. It will be the centerpiece of a PRI radio program, Noël- Christmas from Paris, which will be broadcast in December.
Praised by The New York Times for its “full-bodied, incisive singing,” the Westminster Choir also forms the core of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, which has performed and recorded with the leading conductors and orchestras of our time.
Joe Miller is director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College, where he oversees a program of eight choral ensembles. In addition, he is founder and conductor of the Westminster Chamber Choir, a program that offers professional-level choral and vocal artists the opportunity to explore challenging works for two weeks each summer. In demand as a clinician and guest conductor, his 2010-2011 season includes conducting the Virginia and Kentucky All-State Choruses and a residency with the Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus.
Suggested donation: $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. For reservations call the box office at 609-921-2663 or go online.