2005-2006 Season

J.S Bach – Christmas Oratorio1

Saturday, December 10, 2005, 8:00 PM
Church of the Immaculate Conception, Marlborough

With Orchestra and Professional Soloists. This oratorio is a series of cantatas loaded with musical treats which is sure to become an audience favorite.

Roberta Anderson, soprano
Krista River, mezzo soprano
Stanley Wilson, tenor
Philip Lima, baritone

Messiah Sing2

Sunday, December 18, 2005, 3:30 PM
Trinity Church, Northborough

Andrea Ehrenreich, soprano
Paulette LaBarre, alto
Matthew DiBattista, tenor
Thomas Dawkins, bass
Lois Toeppner, organ

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.

Three New England Women of Song3

Sunday, March 19, 2006, 3:30 PM (Meet the Composers – 2:15)
St. Mark’s Class of 1945 Hall, Southborough

Pamela Marshall: Weaving the World 
Amy Beach: Festival Jubilate
Gwyneth Walker: River Songs

O4ur first concert to be devoted to three of New England’s finest women composers of the last
century. This concert is a celebration of the accomplishments and progress of women composers in the last century. There will be a pre-concert presentation, Meet the Composers, which will focus on the changing role of women, especially women composers, in music over the last century.

The Assabet Valley Mastersingers has commissioned Weaving the World by Pamela Marshall as part of a choral consortium. This will be the first concert performance.

River Songs by Gwyneth Walker was originally commissioned and performed by the Mastersingers in 1996. 5Carson Cooman of the New Music Quarterly says River Songs is “one of the very finest works for chorus and orchestra written by an American and the very finest setting of these traditional songs/spirituals.”

Festival Jubilate is a rarely heard early work by Amy Beach. It was written for the dedication of the Women’s Building at Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1892 and won recognition for her as a serious composer in the Romantic genre.

Program Notes


The Paul Winter Consort’s6
Missa Gaia/Earth Mass

Saturday, May 6, 2006, 8:00 PM
St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury

Missa Gaia is a magnificant celegration of Mother Earth, our lands, our seas, our skies and all that dwell withim.

Jim Scott, an original member of the Paul Winter Consort and one of the primary composers, will be soloist.

Saxophonist – Stan Strickland