Music 'From The Other Side'

Director Russell Ger makes choral conducting debut with special Newburgh Symphony performance on March 18


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  • Photo by Mimi Estes Director Russell Ger makes choral conducting debut with special Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra performance on March 18.



— The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform a special concert on Saturday, March 18, that will offer an “extraordinary evening of music that is certain to uplift the spirit and speak to the soul,” according to Music Director Russell Ger.

“From The Other Side” features three famous pieces that look beyond death in a very different way, and mark Ger’s inaugural performance combining the symphony with a chorus and vocal soloists.

Music by Fauré, Schubert and Barber“The genesis for this program,” Ger explained, “is Fauré’s beautiful Requiem, which is unlike any other. He omits the most dramatic section of text, the Dies Irae, which is the depiction of the Days of Wrath and typically exploited with great relish by other composers. By contrast, Fauré’s Requiem is rooted in a deeply felt humanity and focuses on the serenity of eternal rest. To complement this work, we will perform Schubert’s famous Unfinished Symphony, which is imbued with an indefinable sense of the beyond, as well as Barber’s elegiac Adagio for Strings. Barber’s work was used to eulogize JFK after his assassination.”

Under Ger’s leadership and his empathy with the audience, the orchestra has drawn increasingly large and enthusiastic crowds in June, July, September and November, as well as Jan. 21.

In addition to the GNSO’s Newburgh Symphonic Chorale, under the direction of Peter Sipple, voices from Classic Choral Society, Hudson Opera Theater, Middletown Concert Chorale, the Bruderhof Community and Warwick Valley Chorale will join forces for the Requiem.

Essential informationFrom the Other Side” will be presented Saturday, March 18, concert at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Saint Mary College's Aquinas Hall.

Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for the concert preview by Gordon Shacklett.

Tickets are reserved $30, general $25, senior citizens $2. They can be purchased online or at the door.

Call 845-913-7157 or visit www.newburghsymphony.org.

Students are admitted free.

This additional concert is not included in 2016-2017 GNSO season ticket subscriptions.

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