Northern Berkshire Chorale to perform March 15

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WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. — The Northern Berkshire Chorale will present a concert of choral music under the direction of Andrew Burger at 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, in Thompson Chapel on the Williams College campus. Titled The Soul's Longing, the program will feature works by Brahms, Verdi, Rossini and Handel.

Artistic Director Andrew Burger, a choral conductor and performer from Niskayuna, New York, joined the group in the fall of 2018. He is currently in his fifth year as the director of music ministries of the Niskayuna Reformed Church, and has conducted numerous sacred anthems and larger classical works for chorus and orchestra including Faure's Requiem and Vivaldi's Gloria. Recently he was appointed tenor section leader of Albany Pro Musica, where he has sung for many years.

The two works that will be highlighted are the sublime Brahms Nanie composed in 1881 and the dramatic Verdi Stabat Mater completed in 1897 (the last piece completed by Verdi). These pieces will be paired with other works by Brahms, Rossini, and Handel, as well as a work by living composer Ola Gjeilo, The Ground, which will return on our May concert in its chamber orchestra version. The Chorale will be performing all works arranged by the composers for chorus and piano, accompanied by our very own, highly talented, Ellery Galvin.

Suggested donations for the concert are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. Children are admitted free. For additional information, please visit www.nbchorale.org.

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