75th Anniversary Celebration Reaches Crescendo at Gala Concert
Anyone who drove by the Westchester County Center on Friday, May 12, would have seen that the day was designated "Westchester Choral Society Day" in the county. That accolade from Westchester County Board of Legislators was just one of several WCS received as the celebration of its 75th anniversary approached. Other legislators, including U.S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey, for whom WCS sang at her swearing-in ceremony decades ago, also issued proclamations.
White Plains Mayor Tom Roach kicked off the Gala Concert with his own proclamation declaring May 13 as “Westchester Choral Society Day” in White Plains.
Then the chorus, led expertly by Music Director Frank Nemhauser, kept audience members riveted to their seats with moving renditions of Hungarian and Slovak folk songs and the powerful, breathtaking Carmina Burana. The concert, held at White Plains Presbyterian Church, was an exhilarating, climactic event.
The chorus' successful performance was underscored by contributions from three soloists -- a soprano, baritone and tenor -- each of whom has received national recognition.
Chorus members were jubilant, expressing gratitude for being part of the longest continuously performing chorus in the county. Many of them said how much they enjoy singing under the direction of Frank Nemhauser, "who turns every rehearsal into a music lesson." “Singing with this convivial group is an exultant experience,” one member quipped. Another chorister stated that the concert was "surely a magnum opus for us all."
Capping off the evening, many of the 300 or so attendees mingled and ate various goodies from an extensive food spread. They also participated in a silent auction to raise funds for the chorus, which will enable it to continue its stirring performances for audiences in Westchester and beyond. .