The Andover Townsman
---- — The Andover Choral Society launches its 85th season next week with a new music director at its helm.
Michael Driscoll, who has served as music director of Boston’s Saengerfest Men’s Chorus and has been a guest conductor with Chorus pro Musica, has assumed the baton for the choral group.
Driscoll is currently the director of choirs at Brookline High School, president of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at Boston University.
New members are invited to join the Andover Choral Society for its new season. Rehearsals are set to begin Monday, Sept. 23, from 7:20 to 9:30 p.m. at Christ Church, 25 Central St., Andover. All voice parts are welcome.
Past performances by the group have included Brahm’s “German Requiem,” Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” Verdi’s “Messa da Requiem,” Haydn’s “The Seasons and Creation,” Handel’s “Messiah,” Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” and works by Bach, Beethoven and other masters.
This year’s winter concert will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover and will feature Mozart’s “Requiem” with full orchestra. The spring concert — “Simple Gifts — Our American Musical Heritage” — will showcase the music of Aaron Copeland and other noted American composers.
The Andover Choral Society is sponsored in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more information, call 603-893-5636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.