2017-2018 Season

Our 2017-2018 Concert Season!

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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

Featuring:

Jessica Cooper – Soprano
Catherine Hedberg – Mezzo Soprano
Charles Blandy – Tenor
Thomas Jones – Baritone

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

Messiah Sing

Sunday, December 17, 2017 3:30 PM
First Church of Marlborough, Congregational
37 High St., Marlborough, MA

Featuring:

Brett Maguire – Organist

Deborah Selig – Soprano
Shiba Nemat-Nasser – Mezzo Soprano
Neal Ferreira – Tenor
Leroy Davis – Baritone

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
Pilgrim Church
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

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

Featuring:

Andrea Ehrenreich – Soprano
Pamela Dellal – Mezzo Soprano
Matthew Anderson – Tenor
John Salvi – Bass

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.

You may wish to read more about AVM’s history.