WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Northern Berkshire Chorale, directed by Andrea Goodman, will close its 12th season with Gioacchino Rossini’s "Petite Messe Solennelle" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus.
The 35-voice choir will be joined by well-known Albany area soloists Gene Marie Callahan, Susan Hermance Fedak, Derek Stannard and Jack Brown. The accompaniment featuring Rossini’s original scoring for piano and harmonium will be played by Susan Hadfield on concert grand piano and Neil K. Keen on reed organ.
By the age of 37, Rossini had 40 operatic successes in less than twenty years, but after that he composed only songs, short piano pieces, the Stabat Mater and the 1863 Petite Messe Solennelle. He referred to the mass as "the last mortal sin of my old age," because at the end of his career, he considered himself a composer of comic opera. On the last page of the autographed score he wrote "A little skill, a little heart, that’s allI have. Be merciful then, and admit me to Paradise."
The Chorale is a non-profit, mixed voice choir comprised of community members from Williamstown and beyond. Director Andrea Goodman is also the founderand director of the Cantilena Chamber choir based in Lenox. Suggested donation for adults is $10, students $5. For information: nbchorale.org.