Latin Choral Music, Chinese New Year Banquet This Weekend
A performance from a 55-year old Morris County chorus is among weekend events.
The Masterwork Chorus, founded in Morris County in 1955, will perform Latin choral music at the Dorothy Young Center Sunday at Drew University from 3 to 5 p.m. Works by such composers as Ariel Ramirez, Alberto Ginastera and Pablo Casals will be included.
“It’s great music,” said Masterwork’s musical director and composer Andrew Megill, who started with the chorus in January of 2000. “It’s strongly related to folk and dance music.”
This will be the chorus’ first attempt at Latin choral music under McGill’s direction, but Megill has worked with Latin music before.
“One of the fun things with any group is to have a wide variety of programs,” he said.
Megill enjoys working with the Masterwork Chorus for the same reason that he says audiences enjoy their performances—the passion of these musicians is apparent when they sing.
The musicians come together once a week, a respite from their day-to-day lives. Among the group’s ranks are singers from all different walks of life, from teachers to bankers to doctors.
It is because these musicians do not perform every day, according to Megill, that when they do, they do so passionately.
“It gives us a chance to remind ourselves and the audience of making connections through this exuberant music,” said Megill.
Tickets to the performance are $25.
More events in Rose City this weekend:
- The Madison Public Library has a few ways to get children and their families moving on Fridays from 10:30 to 11 a.m., including finger painting, dancing, and yoga.
- The Madison Council will hold a special budget hearing at the Hartley Dodge Memorial Municipal Building at 6 p.m.
- One doesn’t have to drive all the way down the Garden State Parkway this weekend if they are looking to play a live Texas hold’em poker tournament, they can simply head to the Madison Cooperative Nursery School inside the Grace Episcopal Church, check-in at 6 p.m., and take their seat when the tournament begins at 7:15 p.m. The buy-in is $100 for preregistered players and $125 for walk-ins. Admission includes food and drink, prizes will be awarded to some of the top players, and proceeds go to the school.
- Registration for Friday Night Magic at Dewey’s Comic City begins at 6 p.m. and their weekly tournament begins at 6:30 p.m. A free pack of cards comes with each $6 entry fee, and top finishers will win prizes.
- The Marty Fogel Group featuring pianist Mitch Schecter will perform at Shanghai Jazz with seatings at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
- There will be a math workshop for third- to fourth grade-level children run by the Madison branch of the American Association of University Women at the Madison Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Each session is $7.
- It won’t be a normal evening of jazz at Shanghai Jazz on Saturday, because this Asian restaurant/jazz club will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a seven-course banquet, a live performance by vocalist Catherine Russell, and dancing. Seatings will take place at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. For more details, including pricing and how to make reservations, see the Shanghai Jazz website.
- Jerry Vezza will play piano and Jan Findlay will sing at Shanghai Jazz from 6 to 8:30 p.m.