2000-2001 Season

1Haydn, Lauridsen, & Bernstein

Sunday, November 12, 2000 4:00 PM
Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough

Franz Joseph Haydn: Te Deum
Morten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna
Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

With Shrewsbury High School A Cappella Choir and
Algonquin Regional High School Chamber Choir.

Haydn’s exuberant Te Deum will stand in sharp contrast to Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna (1997) with its lush romantic harmonies and mystical tonal qualities. The Chichester Psalms will sparkle with brilliance and excitement when young high school singers join the Mastersingers in the performance of one of Bernstein’s most popular works.
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2Messiah Sing

Sunday, December 10, 2000, 4:00 PM
First Church of Marlborough, Congregational

With soloists:
Leslie Maglitta, soprano
Donna Ames, mezzo-soprano
Richard Monroe, tenor
Mark Anderson , baritone

An annual Holiday Tradition — Join the Mastersingers and soloists to sing the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. Come listen or bring/borrow from us a score and sing along in this informal, exhilarating event.

3Schumann & Brahms

Sunday, March 4, 2001, 4:00 PM
Congregation B’Nai Shalom, Westborough

Robert Schumann: Concerto in A minor, Opus 129
Johannes Brahms: A German Requiem, Opus 45

Schumann’s Concerto in A minor was one of his last but finest compositions. It was one of Clara Schumann’s favorites. Michael Loo, Concertmaster of the Mastersingers, will perform the arrangement made by Schumann for violin and orchestra. Brahms’ German Requiem is, without doubt, one of the best loved and most popular of all choral works, perhaps challenged only by the familiarity of Messiah.

Jean Danton, soprano
Philip Lima, baritone

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4Israel in Egypt

Saturday, May 5, 2001, 8:00 PM
St. Rose of Lima Church, Northborough

George Frideric Handel: Israel in Egypt

Although seldom performed, Israel in Egypt is considered one of the great monuments in oratorio music. Romain Rolland, music historian, called it “the most gigantic effort ever made.” Its highly dramatic and almost operatic style contrasts with Handel’s more familiar but devout and spiritual Messiah.

Craig Hanson, tenor

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