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Ridgewood NJ, Ars Musica Chorale begins its 54th season with Dido and Aeneas, by Henry Purcell, under the baton of newly appointed Music Director, Brian Mummert. The performance will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (1689), one of the first operas in English, recounts the famous tale of Dido, the Queen of Carthage falling for the Trojan hero, Aeneas. It will be paired with Let thy hand be strengthened, one of George Frideric Handel’s Coronation Anthems (1727), and accompanied by a Baroque instrumental ensemble using historical instruments that Purcell and Handel would have recognized. Encore Young Artists Heather Jones and Chad Kranak will perform the roles of Dido and
Aeneas, and Laura Kosar will perform the roles of Belinda and the Sorceress. Other featured performer will include chorus members Allison Wamser, Daniella Ashbahian and Jason Weisinger.
Advance tickets are $30.00 for adults and $25.00 for seniors and those with special needs. (Add $5.00 if purchased at the door.) Children under 18 are free. For reservations or more information, visit www.arsmusica.org or call the Ars Musica Chorale at (551) 226-9305. Discounted season tickets are available online.
Established in 1965, Ars Musica Chorale is one of the oldest and finest choral groups in Bergen County, well-known for presenting outstanding and unique programs. Under the direction of Music Director
Brian Mummert, Ars Musica Chorale performs four major concerts annually in Bergen County.
Programs are made possible in part by a grant administered by the Bergen County Departments of Parks, Division of Historic and Cultural Affairs from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Ars Musica Chorale, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation.