“Harps & Harmonies” Holiday Concert

Renowned Youth Harp Ensemble to Highlight Morris Choral Society’s Holiday Spectacular Concert Dec. 7 and 9 in Morristown

via The Alternative Press

Members of the Cicely L. Tyson School of the Performing and Fine Arts Harp Ensemble, who will be performing Dec. 7 and 9 with the Morris Choral Society at the Harps & Harmonies Christmas concert at the Bickford Theatre in Morristown. (front row, from left) Tarique Whitaker, Jasmin Mangum, Rebecca Moraud, Tashauna Benjamin, and Quamir Payton; and (back row, from left) Nijaya Melton, Randolph Simmons, Nia Pierce, Lyric Pullins, Cashae and Phillips.

People of all ages will thrill to the Morris Choral Society’s joyous “Harps & Harmonies” holiday concert, featuring students who attend the Cicely L. Tyson (CTS) Performing and Fine Arts School in East Orange. The young harpists will bring their talents to the festive concert, which will be presented twice–on Friday evening, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, Dec. 9 at 3:00 p.m.–at the Bickford Theatre, in the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown.

The CTS Harp Ensemble, directed by Robbin Gordon-Cartier, gives students the opportunity to learn how to play the harp while working together and doing community service–both individually and as a group. The ensemble has performed at the NJEA Pride Opening Ceremony at Livingston Mall, Church of the Assumption in Morristown, and the Willing Hearts Community Care Center in Newark. They have also performed in Cape May as environmental ambassadors for the city of East Orange.

Gordon-Cartier is a concert artist/adjunct harp faculty member at Kean University in Union, and has served as the second vice president and director at large of the American Harp Society. She performs regularly, including making appearances at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City; the New Jersey Performing Arts Center; the Pablo Casals Music Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and the National Symphony Orchestra of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Gordon-Cartier is a Salvi concert artist and has presented a week of master classes and concerts at the French ambassador’s residence in Bogota, Columbia for the Salvi Harp Foundation. A highly sought-after presenter of workshops across the country, she holds a bachelor of arts degree in music education and a master’s in harp performance from Montclair State University.

For the festive Holiday Spectacular IX: Harps & Harmonies, the 75-voice Morris Choral Society, under the baton of musical director R. Wayne Walters of Parsippany, will offer traditional music for the holiday season.

The Morris Choral Society is now celebrating its 40th season as a Morris County cultural mainstay. Arlene Inglis of Morris Plains is the society’s president. Over the past four decades, the chorus has sung classical pieces, pop, jazz, Broadway favorites and sacred music. The community chorus has also performed with celebrities from pop/folk star Judy Collins to jazz legend Dave Brubeck, and has debuted new music written by local composers. The chorus continues its mission to encourage young musicians to fully appreciate and actively participate in artistic performance.

Funding for the Morris Choral Society is provided, in part, by the Arts Council of the Morris Area through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, Local Arts Grant Program.

Tickets to the Holiday Spectacular IX: Harps & Harmonies concert are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and members of the Morris Museum, and $15 for students 18 and under. Tickets may be obtained through the Bickford Theatre box office by calling 973-971-3706.

For further information about the Morris Choral Society, call 973-998-7239 or visit www.morrischoralsociety.org.

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