Our 2017-2018 Concert Season!
Praise from the Royal Courts
Let God Arise – Chandos Anthem #11, Chapel Royal Version – Handel
As Longs the Hart – Chandos Anthem # 6 – Handel
Te Deum – Charpentier
Saturday, November 11, 2017 8:00 PM
Congregation B’Nai Shalom
117 E. Main St., Westborough, MA
Handel’s inventive genius is on display in two anthems first written for a wealthy patron, the Duke of Chandos. Let God Arise was later reimagined for use in George I’s Chapel Royal. This performance uses an edition of As Longs the Hart which incorporates the best of several versions of the work. Handel program notes
The brilliant Te Deum by Charpentier, perhaps the greatest French musician of the 17th century, will close the concert on a festive and royal note. Charpentier program notes
Sunday, December 17, 2017 3:30 PM
First Church of Marlborough, Congregational
37 High St., Marlborough, MA
Brett Maguire – Organist
An annual holiday tradition. Be sure to join AVM in singing the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah.
Choral Gems for Romantic Organ and Choir
Mass in f minor – Rheinberger
Missa Choralis – Liszt
Solemn Mass – Vierne
Sunday, March 11, 2018 3:30 PM
15 Common St., Southborough, MA
Featuring: Brett Maguire – Organist
“Music is above words; it begins where words no longer suffice…” (Joseph Rheinberger, 1890)
This unique program will feature three rarely-heard works: short masses specifically written for organ and chorus by some of the Romantic era’s greatest masters of choral music. Rheinberger’s finely crafted, classically styled writing–“absolute” music which avoids the programmatic descriptions so popular with other Romantic composers—will present a sharp contrast to the dense textures of Vierne and the chromaticism of Liszt.
40th Anniversary Concert featuring Mozart’s Requiem
Requiem in d – Mozart
Song for St. Cecilia’s Day – Noble
Sunday, May 6, 2018 3:30 PM
St. John’s High School
Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center
378 Main St., Shrewsbury, MA
AVM opens a year-long anniversary celebration with a work performed at its first concert in May 1978, Mozart’s Requiem. Clifton Noble’s Song for St. Cecilia’s Day was commissioned by AVM for its 20th Anniversary in May 1998.
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