2008-2009 Season

1Reflections of Innocence and Peace

Saturday, November 15, 2008, 8:00 PM
St. Mark’s School, Southborough

Intimations of Immortality – Finzi
Dona Nobis Pacem – Vaughan Williams

With soloists:
Maria FerranteSoprano
Stanley WilsonTenor
Steven SmallBaritone

Don’t miss these choral masterpieces by two of Britain’s most celebrated composers, setting works by some of our most distinguished poets. Finzi’s decision to set the poetry of England ’s Wordsworth was greeted with great skepticism but this exceptional setting of words to music fully met that challenge. Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, largely based on text by the American Civil War poet Walt Whitman, has already become a choral favorite and is certainly appropriate for our time.

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Messiah Sing2

Sunday, December 14, 2008, 3:30 PM
Evangelical Congregational Church, Westborough

With soloists:
Soprano – Patrice Tiedemann
Mezzo Soprano – Angeliki Theoharis
Tenor – Arthur Rishi
Bass – Graham Wright 
Organist – Lois Toeppner

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.

Russian Choral Treasures3

Saturday, March 21, 2009, 8:00 PM
Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough

Performed in collaboration with Master Singers of Worcester, WPI Alden Voices and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Orchestra.

Symphony of Psalms – Stravinsky
Kvalite Boga! (Praise God!) op. 65 – Gretchaninoff

“Bogoroditse”- Rachmaninoff
“Kalinka”- Prokhorov
“Sacred Love”- Sviridov
“Cherubic Hymn”- Glinka
“Kvalite” from All Night Vigil– Chesnokov

This is a unique opportunity to hear some of the best Russian Choral literature presented by the combined forces of the Assabet Valley Mastersingers and Master Singers of Worcester supported by instrumentalists from WPI and freelance professionals. Symphony of Psalms is familiar to many but the Gretchaninoff cantata Kvalite Boga! is a newly discovered and rarely heard choral gem. Some of the very best Russian a cappella choral literature accompany these two masterworks.

Click here to view in Russian

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Poetry in Song3

Saturday, May 16, 2009, 8:00 PM
Chapel of the Cross, Westborough

Assabet Valley Chambersingers
Songs of the Bard – Settings of Text by William Shakespeare
Settings by Orban, Lindberg, Rutter, Young, Frackenpohl, and Wayland Rogers

Assabet Valley Mastersingers
Fern Hill– John Corigliano (Text- Dylan Thomas)
Frostiana– Randall Thompson (Text- Robert Frost)
The Cloths of Heaven – Z. Randall Stroope (Text by William Butler Yeats)
The Seal Lullaby – Eric Whitacre (Text- Rudyard Kipling)
I Am In Need of Music – David Brunner (Text- Elizabeth Bishop)

Featuring soloist Jacque Wilson

We begin the season with settings of two great 19th century poets and conclude with compositions setting texts by two giants of the 20th century, Dylan Thomas and Robert Frost. Shorter musical settings of other contemporary poets, by some of our very best American contemporary composers, complete the program.

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