[Andover, MA] Andover Choral Society, directed by Dr. Michael Driscoll, will open its 92nd season on Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. with a concert entitled “Emerge. Together.” The concert will feature Antonio Vivaldi’s brilliant and beloved Gloria; Hiob (Job), a melodious and masterfully crafted cantata by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (the talented sister of composer Felix Mendelssohn); and the world premiere of becoming, a new choral work by local composer Demetrius Spaneas commissioned by Andover Choral Society. The concert will be a joyful celebration of coming together to sing again in person for a live audience.
Although becoming was originally commissioned in 2020 for Andover Choral Society’s 90th anniversary season, the premiere of becoming was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This work considers some of humankind’s oldest questions: Who are we? Where did we come from? Why are we here? Drawing on texts from ancient Indian Hinduism, Greek and Roman mythology, Sufi mysticism, and the Book of Genesis, becoming explores the idea of creation as a spiritual evolution of humankind as well as our relationship with our world and all of creation.
About Andover Choral Society
Andover Choral Society is dedicated to presenting exceptional performances, connecting to the larger community, and fostering an appreciation of choral music. The chorus typically performs two concerts per year, singing a repertoire that focuses on fine choral and choral-orchestral works from the Baroque era to the present day. Since 1929, membership has been open to anyone with a love for great choral music and a desire to share that love with others. Visit andoverchoralsociety.org for more information.
Andover Choral Society and its music director, Dr. Michael Driscoll, won The American Prize’s 2020 Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music in the community ensemble division, for their 2019 premiere recording of Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight by Florence Price. The Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music recognizes and rewards the best performances of American music by ensembles and individual artists worldwide, based on submitted recordings.