NU Choral Society Reunion and Concert
NU Choral Society Reunion and ConcertNovember 17, 2013 3:00pm Jordan Hall $5 students $10 parents $20 general admission
Students and alumni are joining in celebration of Professor Joshua Jacobson’s 40th anniversary as director of the Northeastern University Choral Society. Together, they are also performing Norman Dello Joio’s Jubilant Song, Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata, Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy (featuring pianist Edwin Swanborn). Attendees must register and purchase tickets in advance for receptions and concerts.
Co-sponsored by the Music Department; College of Arts, Media & Design; Office of Alumni Relations; Northeastern Center for the Arts
Joshua R. Jacobson has been teaching at Northeastern since the spring of 1972. He holds a Bachelors degree in Music from Harvard College, a Masters in Choral Conducting from the New England Conservatory, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Jacobson is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Northeastern University, where he served nine years as Music Department Chairman and six years as the Bernard Stotsky Professor of Jewish Cultural Studies. He is also Visiting Professor and Senior Consultant in the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College. He is the founder and director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston, a world-renowned ensemble, specializing in Hebrew music. He has conducted workshops on choral music for various groups, including the American Choral Directors Association, and has guest conducted a number of ensembles, including the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Bulgarian National Symphony and Chorus, the New England Conservatory Orchestra and the Boston Lyric Opera Company. He has written articles on various aspects of choral music, and over one hundred published compositions and arrangements. In 1989 he spent four weeks in Yugoslavia as a Distinguished Professor under the auspices of the Fulbright program. Prof. Jacobson is past President of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. He is the conductor and host of the PBS film, Zamir: Jewish Voices Return to Poland. His book, Chanting the Hebrew Bible: The Art of Cantillation, published by the Jewish Publication Society in 2002, was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. He is co-author of Translations and Annotations of Choral Repertoire—Volume IV: Hebrew Texts, published by earthsongs in 2009. Prof. Jacobson’s articles have appeared in The Choral Journal, the American Choral Review, The Journal of Synagogue Music,Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, Encyclopedia Judaica, Studies in Jewish Civilization, Yale University Institute of Sacred Music Colloquium, The Musical Quarterly, and others. His compositions, arrangements and editions have been performed by ACDA honors choirs, by the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and by the St. Olaf College Choirs, among others. He has guest lectured at Harvard, Brandeis, Yale, and many other schools. With the NU Choral Society he has conducted many of the great choral-orchestral masterworks, including Bach’s St. John Passion, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’sCarmina Burana, Poulenc’s Gloria, Schubert’s Mass in E-flat, and Thompson’s A Peaceable Kingdom. He has also prepared choruses for Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, for Gary Bertini and the Jerusalem Symphony, and for Piero Bellugi and the New England Conservatory Orchestra. Here are excerpts from some press reviews. In May 1993 Anthony Tommasini wrote in The Boston Globe, “N.U. Choral Society’s music director Joshua Jacobson has been doing effective work with his student singers; the performance was a pleasure.… the quality of the music making was good. The chorus produces a robust, unforced sound.… And the singing had accuracy of rhythm and pitch.… Jacobson conducted the chorus and an orchestra of local free-lancers in a shapely, solid performance.” And in March 1985 Richard Buell wrote in The Boston Globe, “Joshua Jacobson, a choral conductor of fine technique and warm sensibilities, got a lot out of his forces . . . . The Northeastern University Choral Society . . . came forth with transparently blended sonorities and moreover were induced to phrase gracefully.”
About the NU Choral Society
Northeastern University is planning a gala celebration to mark Professor Joshua Jacobson’s forty years as conductor of the NU Choral Society. Joshua R. Jacobson is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Northeastern University and Visiting Professor at the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College. He is also founder and director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston. He is the author of numerous articles, two books, and more than one hundred compositions and arrangements that have been performed by choirs around the world. Prof. Jacobson is Past President of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. He has been teaching and conducting at Northeastern since 1972.
The thousands of students who have sung under Josh’s baton are being invited back to campus for a choral reunion. Northeastern’s Music Department, College of Arts, Media & Design and the Office of Alumni Relations are co-sponsoring the event, which will include receptions, rehearsals and a concert at New England Conservatory’s incomparable Jordan Hall. On the program will be Norman Dello Joio’s Jubilant Song, Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata, Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy (featuring pianist Edwin Swanborn), and alumni will be invited to join the student chorus on stage.
The NU Choral Society, comprising the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, is the oldest and largest vocal ensemble at Northeastern University. The objectives of the Choral Society are to foster aesthetic and educational experiences through the rehearsal and performance of choral music, and to promote harmonious social interaction among members of the Northeastern community.
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This concert and supporting events are a part of Northeastern University Homecoming Week. If you would like to participate in all activities, you must register through the Homecoming website. Concert tickets only can be purchased online through University Tickets. For more information, please visit the NU Choral Society website.
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