2002-2003 Season

1Autumn Concert

Saturday, November 16, 2002, 8:00 PM
St. Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury

Maurice Duruflé: Requiem Op. 9 
Clifton J. Noble, Jr.: A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day

Duruflé’s Requiem is one of the most earthly and moving musical settings of the requiem text. It is not an ethereal or detached expression but rather musically translates human feelings before their terrifying, unexplainable, or consoling destiny. Noble’s fresh and new (commissioned by AVM in 1998) setting of Dryden’s “A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day” gives new expression to the opening text “From heavenly harmony this universal frame began.”

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2Messiah Sing

Sunday, December 15, 2002, 4:00 PM
First Church of Marlborough, Congregational

Join the Mastersingers, soloists, and members of Symphony Pro Musica to sing the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. Come listen or bring (borrow from us) a score and sing along with this informal, exhilarating performance. $5 donation at the door.

Gina Beck, soprano
Catherine Hedberg, mezzo soprano
Bryce Westervelt, tenor
Philip Lima, 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.

Spring Concert3

Sunday, March 9, 2003, 4:00 PM
Westborough High School, Westborough

Johannes Brahms: Nänie
Carl Orff: Carmina Burana

The glowing, warm setting of Schiller’s funeral ode, Brahms’ Nänie will contrast sharply with Orff’s ever popular setting of the irreverent, suggestive, and often provocative medieval text “Carmina Burana”. Featuring:

Priscilla Gale, soprano
Rockland Osgood, tenor
Donald Wilkinson, baritone
Judith Yauckoes, Pianist
Carol Messina, Pianist
Children’s Chorus (Regina Cranford, Director)

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425th Anniversary Concert

Saturday, May 10, 2003, 8:00 PM 
Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough

Gerald Finzi: Ode For St. Cecilia
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Toward the Unknown Region

An Anniversary Tribute – selections from
Mozart: Requiem
Bach: Cantata BWV 80; Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott
Opera Chorus Encores

Jane Shivick, soprano
Bryce Westervelt, tenor

The Mastersingers have long been champions of Finzi’s music. What better way to celebrate than with his majestic Ceremonial Ode For St. Cecilia set to an Edmund Blunden< text. Toward the Unknown Regionby Finzi’s contemporary, Vaughan Williams, is a powerful tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. We close in acknowledgement of AVM’s birthday with selections from the first concert in May 1978.

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