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Choral Society to Honor Mark Mangini

Mon, 09/20/2021 - 14:33
The Choral Society of the Hamptons will honor Mark Mangini, who died earlier this month, with a concert on Sunday.
Durell Godfrey

The Choral Society of the Hamptons will present “Dream With Me: A Tribute to Mark Mangini,” a special performance in honor of its longtime music director, who died on Sept. 5, on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church.     

The concert will feature works by Bach, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Gabriel Faure, Handel, and Mozart. The members of the choral society will be joined by soloists and accompanied by the South Fork Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Song-A Cho.     

Walter Klauss, the musical director of the Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor and a frequent guest conductor of the choral society, will lead the chorus. Mr. Klauss said that during a time of global pandemic and political discord, “music offers a sense of relief, joy, and even hope to the listener, and performing organizations such as the choral society are more important than ever.”     

In addition to his connection to the choral society, which he led for 20 years, Mr. Mangini was music director of the Greenwich Village Chamber Singers for more than 40 years and of the Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus for more than 30. His repertoire spanned music from the pre-Bach era to standard choral compositions to commissions of contemporary works.     

Tickets are $35, $75 for preferred seating, and can be purchased on the choral society’s website or by calling 631-204-9402. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Proof of vaccination and masks will be required for entry.

Call for Choristers     

The choral society will hold auditions during the first two weeks of October for singers interested in joining the group before its next concert on Dec. 19. Directed by Mr. Klauss, the winter concert will feature Bach’s “Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland,” Vaughan Williams’s “Fantasia on Christmas Carols,” and Conrad Susa’s “Christmas Garland.”     

Prospective singers have been invited to attend the first rehearsal at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church on Monday. Auditions will take place before the second or third rehearsal.     

Appointments to audition can be arranged by phoning Maria Fumai Dietrich, the society’s administrative director, at 631-204-9402, or by emailing [email protected]. Familiarity with musical notation is helpful, but not always essential.            

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