2004-2005 Season

Haydn- The Seasons1

Sunday, November 14, 2004, 4:00 PM
St. Mark’s School Class of 1945 Hall
St. Mark’s School, Southborough

Cantata 169, “Gott soil allein mein Herze haben” — J. S. Bach
Missa Brevis St. Joannis de Deo” Little Organ Mass” — F. J. Haydn
Introduction and Gloria RV 639, RV588 — A. Vivaldi

With orchestra and soloists:
Andrea Ehrenreich, soprano
William Hite, tenor
Steven Small, bass

Haydn’s masterpiece presented in this Alice Parker (1973) translation now becomes a “popular oratorio” for English speaking audiences as well. No musical knowledge is necessary to delight in the simple folk song melodies, and vivid orchestral tone painting. Don’t miss this exciting performance in our first concert in the wonderful new concert hall at St. Mark’s School, Southborough.

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Messiah Sing2

Sunday, December 12, 2004, 3:00 PM
St, Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury

Lydia Rajunas, soprano
Denise Thibeault, soprano
Stanley Wilson, tenor
David Bonneau, bass
Lois Toeppner, organist

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.

Lauridsen and Raminsh3

Morten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna
Imant Raminsh: Magnificat

Sunday, March 6, 2005, 4:00 PM
St. Rose of Lima Church, Northborough

The powerful emotions and the serenity of Lux Aeterna have been compared by some to Brahms’ A German Requiem. Lauridsen uses exquisite 4harmonic colors and fluid rhythms to express the feeling and meaning of the text “light eternal.”

Magnificat of Raminsh is a personal, earthly expression in stark contrast to the majesty and pomp of Bach’s more familiar setting. For Raminsh, Mary (sung by a mezzo-soprano) is a real human woman, expressing joy, confusion, and awe at the sensations of life in her womb.

Pamela Dellal, alto

Night at the Opera5

Saturday, May 7, 2005, 8:00 PM
St. Mark’s Class of 1945 Hall
St. Mark’s School, Southborough

The Mastersingers return for their third and always popular concert of favorite opera choruses featuring two of Central Massachusetts most thrilling and musical soloists.

Jane Shivick, soprano
Ray Bauwens, tenor

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