Chorale, Women's Choir and Chamber Choir to perform with Rod Gisick

The Chorale, Women’s Choir and Chamber Choir, along with organist Rod Gisick, will perform in concert on Sunday, March 6 at 4 p.m. at First Congregational Church in Amherst.

The works, which include Benjamin Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb” and “op. 30” and Zoltan Kodaly’s “Missa Brevis,” were written during the 1940s, when the country was at war.

Graduate students Jeffrey Kempskie and Ryan Ellis will conduct the Women’s Choir and Chorale, respectively. E. Wayne Abercrombie, professor of Music and director of choral activities, will conduct the Chamber Choir. Abercrombie, president of the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division, has conducted throughout the country and at venues in Europe. Gisick, First Congregational Church organist and choir director, performs frequently in the area and abroad. He teaches voice at Amherst College and has worked with the late Oren Brown.

Written in 1943, “Rejoice in the Lamb” is based on a poem by 18th-century poet Christopher Smart that Britten crafted into a libretto. “Missa Brevis” was composed in bomb shelters from 1942-44 in Hungary.

Admission is $10 general public, $5 for students, senior citizens and children under 18. Tickets are available at the church office on 165 Main St. or at the door of the church on the day of the concert.

The concert is part of the First Congregational Church of Amherst Music on Main Series. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the church’s music fund.