#b#Westminster Choir College of Rider University#/b#
The Westminster Choir has thrilled audiences throughout the world, but Central New Jersey audiences take particular pride in Westminster Choir College as a staple of the Princeton cultural scene. Area residents not only get to enjoy local performances, but also have an opportunity to learn from the masters in the College’s community music school.
Westminster Choir College was founded in 1926 and today is best known for the Westminster Symphonic Choir, which performs regularly with the world’s major orchestras. Six years ago, the College merged with Rider University in Lawrenceville.
This fall, the College will continue its long tradition of performing with the world’s leading orchestras with an October 21 performance with the New Jersey Symphony at the long-awaited opening of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The program will feature Beethoven’s Symphony No. Nine, and the performance will be taped for broadcast New Year’s Eve on public television. And starting this month and running through the end of April, Westminster will host “Weekends at Westminster,” which will feature faculty performances.
The College’s annual concert, “A Christmas Celebration!” will be held at Carnegie Hall Tuesday, December 16 at 8 p.m. Conducted by Joseph Flummerfelt, the Westminster Choir and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s will perform Bach’s Magnificat and traditional holiday songs and carols. Round-trip bus transportation to Carnegie Hall is available for $15. To alleviate the stress of driving and parking, buses will depart from Westminster in Princeton and Rider in Lawrenceville.
Another highlight of the season is “Christmas at Westminster,” a festival of holiday music which includes choral concerts, handbell performances, and “An Evening of Readings and Carols” held in the Princeton University Chapel on December 13. “Every one of our performances is always sold out,” comments Anne Sears, director of external affairs. Tickets for any of the “Christmas at Westminster” concerts go on sale November 3. Sears urges people to purchase their tickets early so they won’t be disappointed.
Says Sears, “Those who are familiar with the College, know they will always enjoy the highest quality performance and will never be disappointed. Those new to the area are often thrilled with the broad range of offerings. At Westminster, we offer choral music, solo performances, instrumental performances, participatory events, children’s concerts, events and instruction. Overall, there’s something for everybody who enjoys music.”
Those interested in studying music at the community music school, Westminster Conservatory, can receive instruction on virtually every instrument for nearly every age (18 months to senior citizen). The Conservatory serves over 2,000 families in the Greater Princeton Area and maintains three amateur choirs (children, teens, and adults) and a community orchestra for adults.
To find out more about lessons, enrolling in the choirs or orchestra, or to receive a brochure outlining all of the upcoming performances, call the College at 609-921-7100, extension 307.
Westminster Choir College of Rider University, 101 Walnut
Lane, Princeton, 609-921-7100 ext.307. 24-hour concert information,
609-219-2001. Fax: 609-921-6952. Web Site: http://westminster.rider.edu
#b#Main Street Gallery and Frame Company#/b#
People have a lot of items that carry strong memories, and they want to preserve and display those memories in the best way possible. Main Street Gallery and Frame Company in Rocky Hill frames the usual, such as posters, photos, lithographs, and the unusual , from a bug collection to a christening dress.
As you enter the shop you enter a gallery filled with lithographs, serigraphs, and original artwork. This November 7, Main Street Gallery will have an opening for the work of photographer Clem Fiori. “The gallery provides an outlet for area artists but customers will also find artwork that represents traditional and contemporary tastes and interests,” notes owner Janet Landau. Since its founding in Somerville in 1983, Main Street Gallery has also specialized in the primitive folk art of Will Moses, grandson of Grandma Moses. Main Street has also favored a myriad of New Jersey artists, including contemporary fauvist Cal Hart; contemporary expressionist Jacob Landau; Jerry Cable’s pastoral scenes; and abstract watercolorist Phyllis Lifschutz.
Since 1995, Main Street Gallery has thrived in its Rocky Hill location. Stocking over 200 different types of moldings in length gives them an edge over the competition. Notes Landau, “There are thousands of moldings available to frame businesses, but because we stock it, cut it, and build it here, it gives us more flexibility in price and turn-over time.
“However,” Landau adds, “Service is truly our most important product. Experience and skill give us the ability to transform a valued item into a treasured collectible. It’s about a willingness to focus on a client’s need, whether customers are searching for the perfect piece for their homes or offices or for the perfect complement to a favorite and cherished item.” In addition to artwork and customer framing, Main Street Gallery also provides an art and framing consulting service. Consultant Carol Lewis works with clients in their homes and offices to help determine the most appropriate item to meet their decorating needs.
Main Street Gallery and Frame Company, Montgomery Center,
Rocky Hill, 609-683-8092. Fax: 609-683-9569. Monday, Wednesday, and
Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.