2001-2002 Season

1Back to Bach

Saturday, November 3, 2001 8:00 PM
St. Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury

Lobet Den Herrn, alle Heiden, (Motet BWV 230)
Lutheran Missa Brevis in G minor (BWV 235) (BWV 235)
Cantata #80, Ein Feste Burg(BWV 80)

Bach at his best is represented in these three different choral genres. Although his motets and cantatas are very well known, his four Lutheran masses are often forgotten musical gems.

Denise Koniceksoprano
Paulette LaBarre, mezzo soprano
Rockland Osgood, tenor
Thomas Jones, baritone

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2Messiah Sing

Sunday, December 16, 2001, 4:00 PM
First Church of Marlborough, Congregational

With soloists:
Leslie Maglitta, soprano
Pamela Stevens, mezzo-soprano
Richard Monroe, tenor
Steven Small, 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.

Sea Pictures3

Saturday, March 3, 2002, 8:00 PM
Mechanics Hall, Worcester

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony
Text by Walt Whitman

With Symphony Pro Musica and the combined voices of the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Master Singers of Worcester, and Stow Festival Chorus.

Although seldom performed, A Sea Symphony is one of Vaughan Williams’ most significant works. Hubert Foss writes, “A Sea Symphonybegins and ends as a song, and as a song it is huge… What selfless outpouring of voice it demands.” Don’t miss this rare collaboration by four of the area’s most outstanding performing ensembles!

Margaret O’Keefe, soprano
James Maddalena, baritone

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4An American Triptych

Saturday, May 4, 2002, 8:00 PM
Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough

Randall Thompson: The Peaceable Kingdom 
John Corigliano: Fern Hill 
Howard Hanson: Song of Democracy

The Peaceable Kingdom represents some of the ever-popular Thompson’s choral writing at its best. Howard Hanson, better known for his orchestral works, sets the poetry of Walt Whitman in this evocation to youth, education, and patriotic vision. The less well-known John Corigliano deserves a wider audience, and this setting of Dylan Thomas’Fern Hill is rich in pastoral imagery, reflections on childhood, and the vision of youth.

Pamela Stevens, alto

Also featuring a solo quartet from the chorus: Regina Cransford, Kristin Sterbenz, Ron Lloyd and Dan Garden

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