Pro Arte to Present “Celebration! Love is in The Air” Concert Friday March 13

Posted: Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Pro Arte Chorale’s second concert of the 2014-2015 Season, Celebration! Love is in The Air will be presented on Friday, March 13, 2015 at the West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, NJ beginning at 8pm. Join Pro Arte in celebrating the arrival of spring with music of renewal and romance. You’ll be charmed by Elgar’s musical scenes of the mountains of Bavaria, and share the joy of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ inspired setting of Epithalamion, a 16th century poem by Edmund Spenser, revealing the adventure of love and marriage.

Spring is upon us, and brings to mind songs filled with love, joy and dance! Elgar wrote The Bavarian Highlands, a cycle of six songs celebrating dance and love, as a remembrance of a holiday he had enjoyed in Upper Bavaria with his wife. Parry’s I Was Glad is an introit commonly used in the Anglican church, and was performed at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton as well as Prince William’s parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana. An epithalamium is a poem written specifically for the bride on the way to her marital chamber. Perhaps no poem of this class has been more universally admired than the pastoral Epithalamion of Edmund Spenser (1595). R. Vaughan Williams’ Epithalamion, consisting of 11 movements, is based on Spenser’s poem. As he often did, Vaughan Williams incorporated the flavor of English folk songs into these songs.

There will be an intermission lecture regarding Epithalamion. Come and explore the wonderful details of this fabulous piece. Musical ideas and development will be explained as well as detailed information regarding the text.

Steven Fox, the Musical Director of The Pro Arte Chorale, is also the artistic director of Clarion Music Society in New York, and the music director for Musica Antiqua St. Petersburg in Russia. The Pro Arte Chorale, a 60-member volunteer chorus based in Ridgewood, is committed to enriching the lives of its members and its audience by exploring many musical traditions. For more information about Pro Arte Chorale or to join the mailing list, visit or send an email to

The Pro Arte Chorale is sponsored in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

All performances are held in ADA compliant venues with handicapped accessible parking, ramps, elevators and restrooms. Large print programs are available.

To order tickets visit the Pro Arte Chorale website, or call 201-497-8400. Adult tickets are $25, tickets for seniors (62)/disabled or students are $20 and children’s tickets are $12.