Novi Cantori Partners With Two Regional Chamber Ensembles For Thanksgiving Choral Festival To Benefit the Food Pantry

WESTFIELD – The chamber choir Novi Cantori will present its Fall Thanksgiving concert program along with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chamber Choir and the CitySingers Of Hartford Sunday, November 12th at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Westfield.

The music of thanksgiving will include composers from the Renaissance to the present and is being supported by the Westfield Cultural Council. Novi will be singing works of Monteverdi and Alice Parker.

“We are so excited to partner with these two accomplished choirs in Westfield where we have such a loyal and generous following. I know our audience will love both the program and our guest ensembles, both of which will be performing in Westfield for the first time” commented Ellen Gilson Voth, Novi’s artistic director.

“Collaborating with other musicians is always such a rewarding opportunity, especially when its with the caliber of Novi Cantori and CitySingers”, commented conductor Jonathan Harvey of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chamber Choir, a 20-member ensemble drawn by audition from the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus.

PVSCC will be featuring works of Tomas Louis de Victoria, Maria Guinard and Pablo Casals. Suzanne Gates, CitySingers artistic director since 1984 added “We love working with other groups in new surroundings. The camaraderie is rewarding and the music it produces is always inspiring. We will be presenting beautiful works by Grammy Award winner Stephen Paulus, Irish composer Bill Whelan and Carol Barnett that all evoke a sense of thanksgiving.”

In addition to each individual group’s songs, all three ensembles will join together with the audience in a communal song of thanksgiving. “We are so grateful for the support of the Westfield Cultural Council and the generosity of First Methodist. We urge everyone to come experience the beauty of
choral music in support of The Food Pantry which provides groceries and many other services to more than 1,200 people monthly,” said Voth.
Admission is free, but all are urged to contribute to a free will offering all of which will benefit the Food Pantry.

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