Anne Frank Choral Tribute "Annelies" with the Mendelssohn Choir, March 26
Fairfield University’s 11th annual Jewish-Christian Engagement Lecture series presents “Annelies: A Choral Setting of the Diary of Anne Frank” featuring soprano, Arianna Zukerman and the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut.
The event is on Sunday, March 26 at 3 p.m. at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public. To reserve a ticket, please call the Quick Center for the Arts at (203) 254-4010 or visit quickcenter.com.
The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut, under the baton of Dr. Carole Ann Maxwell, will perform James Whitbourn’s choral setting of words from the diary of Anne Frank, Annelies.
Whitbourn, an internationally renowned composer, has had his choral works performed in many prestigious venues, and have been presented on acclaimed recordings. Of the latest of these —Annelies (Naxos) — Gramophone writes “the greatest accomplishment here is that James Whitbourn has written some music of great beauty.” Choir and Organ added, “Whitbourn’s devastatingly beautiful and restrained treatment of the subject matter makes it all the more poignant.”
The soprano soloist for the performance will be Arianna Zukerman, who also sang the solo role on the Naxos recording. The Washington Post has said of her that she "possesses a remarkable voice that combines the range, warmth and facility of a Rossini mezzo with shimmering, round high notes and exquisite pianissimos that would make any soprano jealous."
The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut was founded in 1984 by alumni of the Fairfield University Chamber Singers who wished to continue their musical association with Carole Ann Maxwell, DSM, Fairfield University’s director of choral music, who conducts the Glee Club. Under Maxwell’s leadership, the Choir has performed in New England, New York and many European capitals.
The concert is co-sponsored by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and the Center for Catholic Studies as one of this season’s Jewish/Christian Engagement events. Reservations are requested for the lecture. Please call the Quick Center for the Arts at (203) 254-4010 or visit quickcenter.com to reserve a ticket.