2006-2007 Season

1Cathedral Music

Saturday, November 11, 2006, 8:00 PM
St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury

Sunday, November 18, 2006, 8:00 PM
Immaculate Conception Church, Marlborough

with The Sterling Brass Consort

The vaults and spacious arches of the European Gothic style venues for these concerts will reverberate with beautiful music designed and composed for just such large spaces. The program will feature shorter works for a cappella chorus and for chorus with brass including works by Gabrieli, Schütz, Mendelssohn, Bruckner, Górecki, and Biebl. Gabrieli’s seldom heard Magnificat for three choirs as well as Schütz’s Psalm 100 for double chorus will be especially glorious in these settings.

Messiah Sing2

Sunday, December 17, 2007, 3:30 PM
Trinity Church, Northborough

Gina Beck, soprano
Catherine Hedberg, mezzo soprano
Frank Levar, tenor
Bryan McNeil, baritone
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.

Mystical Meditations3

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Exsultate, Jubilate K165
Franz Schubert: Mass in E Flat Major #6
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs

Saturday, March 10, 2007, 8:00 PM
St. Mark’s School, Southborough

Jane Schivick, soprano
Frank Levar, tenor
Matthew DiBattista, tenor4
David Bonneau, baritone

Schubert’s Mass in E Flat was one of the last works he wrote and is Schubert at his very best. written just months, before his death, it is a deeply moving “confession of faith in life but also in death, which has lost its terror and is not far off.” This choral Mass (with the exception of the exquisite “Et Incarnatus” trio for soprano and two tenors, the soloists are incidental) will be set off in contrast with the brilliant and uplifting motet for soprano solo Exsultate, Jubilate of Mozart and the tender and introspective Five Mystical Songs for baritone and chorus of Vaughan Williams.

Pipes and Voices in Praise5

Dvo?ák: Mass in D
Kodály: Laudes Organi

Saturday, May 5, 2007, 8:00 PM
Evangelical Congregational Church, Westborough

William Nessorgan

6Dvo?ák’s rarely heard Mass in D will be performed in its original version for chorus and organ. Although set in the familiar Mass style it reflects Dvo?ák’s personal creativity and at surprising moments is very reflective and lyrical. Laudes Organi is Kodály’s final work. Commissioned by the Atlanta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists it features the organ in an extended introduction and organ interludes. With William Ness, a virtuoso organist and outstanding musician, at the organ, the chorus and audience will be propelled to a triumphant conclusion to the concert and the concert season.