2009-2010 Season

1Plainsong to Broadway

Sunday, November 15, 2009, 3:30 PM
Evangelical Congregational Church, Westborough

Chichester Psalms– Leonard Bernstein
Mass #2– György Orbán,
Festival Te Deum– Benjamin Britten
With Willam Ness, organist
Samuel Long, soloist

The delightful and exuberant Festival Te Deum introduces two eclectic and popular choral works. Orbán contrasts Plainsong with contemporary harmonies and syncopated rhythms, while Chichester Psalms combines Broadway theater elements with flowing, lyrical melodies, and dramatic and exciting rhythms. This will be a real musical feast.

About Chichester Psalms
About Mass #2
About Festival Te Deum


Messiah Sing2

Sunday, December 20, 2009, 3:30 PM
First Congregational Church, Shrewsbury

With soloists:

Margaret Felice – soprano
Christina English – mezzo-soprano
Daniel Hershey – tenor
David Walther – baritone
Malcolm Halliday – 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.

Directions:

To First Congregational Church, 19 Church St, Shrewsbury, MA
From the east: Take 290 West to exit 23A (Route 140 South). Merge onto 140 and go about 1.5 miles almost to the center of town and the common. As the road begins to curve to the left, the church will be on your right.
From the west: Take either 290 East and follow directions above from 140, or travel along Route 9 East to the intersection of 9 and 140. Follow signs for 140 North. Once you reach the light at the Shrewsbury Common, the church will be the large white building on your left as the road begins to curve.


Elijah – An Oratorio3

Sunday, March 14, 2010, 3:30 PM
St. Mark’s School, Southborough

Elijah – Felix Mendelssohn
with orchestra, and

Philip Lima – Elijah
Catherine Hedberg – Mezzo Soprano
Matthew DiBattista – Tenor
Ben Rutan, Youth for Elijah

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Elijah one of the most popular choral works and perhaps second only to Handel’s Messiah. An outstanding cast of soloists, performed in the stunning concert hall at St. Mark’s school make this an event not to be missed.

This romantic work is considered one of the greatest of Mendelssohn’s works. The work features the dramatic story of the prophet Elijah from the Old Testament of the Bible, told in harmonies both alluring and lurid. Mendelssohn uses these Biblical episodes, doubtless well fitted to the taste of Mendelssohn’s time, with a Victorian sentimentality detectable in places.

The Story of Elijah and Concert Notes


An American Perspective4

Saturday, May 22, 2010, 8:00 PM
Chapel of the Cross, Westborough

Jubilant Song– Norman Dello Joio
Old American Songs– Aaron Copland
The Mask– William Bolcom
Six American Hymns– John Gardner

with Judy Yauckoes, Piano and David Bonneau, Baritone

We end this season with a joyous celebration of American composers. Each on their own way present a unique, yet harmonious interpretation of music in 20th century America. Dello Joio’s exciting Jubilant Song provides an exciting fanfare to three unique perspectives of American Music. Bolcom’s Mask is contemporary setting of text by Afro-American poets, while Copland’s Old American Songs” retain some of that early American simplicity and starkness. Six American Hymns arranges six familiar hymn tunes some in gospel style, some in Jazz style, but all fresh and engaging.