The Arlington-Belmont Chorale and the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus will present an “An Almost-Spring Concert” at 3 p.m. March 8 at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 630 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington.
The choruses have prepared a program of four Romantic classics and one inventive new work. The best known of these Romantic works is “Nanie (Funeral Song)” by Johannes Brahms, a setting of a poem by Friedrich Schiller which celebrates the end of life as a step into a new, more peaceful world. The theme of celebration of life will continue with Robert Schumann’s “Requiem fur Mignon,” with text by the poet Johann von Goethe. In this tribute, the chorus will be joined by soloists including soprano Kennedy McAlister, who also serves as assistant conductor. The program will also include two shorter Romantic works, “As Torrents in Summer” by Edward Elgar and “Christus factus est” by Anton Bruckner.
At the concert, the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus will present a newly commissioned work, “Spacetime Synthesis” by Morgan Jackson. Jackson, who grew up in Arlington, is a composer and French horn player based in New York. “Spacetime Synthesis” is a set of three pieces for chorus, flute, clarinet and piano and set to texts by Sara Teasdale, Walt Whitman and Henri Poincare.
The Arlington-Belmont Chorale has been making music since 1973, and includes approximately 85 singers from 21 MetroWest area cities and towns and from as far away as Cape Cod. The Chamber Chorus is a group of about 20 singers auditioned from the chorale. Both groups are under the musical direction of Barry Singer.
Tickets are purchased at the door: General admission is $20, $15 seniors and students, $5 age 17 and younger. The concert venue is handicapped-accessible.
For information, visit http://psarlington.org.