2010-2011 Season

A Baroque Festival1

Saturday, November 13, 2010, 8:00 PM
St. Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury

Magnificat– J.S. Bach
Te Deum– Marc Antoine Charpentier
With orchestra and soloists

Soprano – Jean Danton
Mezzo-Soprano – Pamela Dellal
Tenor – Charles Blandy
Baritone – Thomas Jones

The “Prelude” to Charpentier’s Te Deum, familiar to many from weddings and Masterpiece Theater,  provides a festive beginning to our 2010-2011 Concert Season. This concert of  Te Deum paired with Bach’s ever popular Magnificat in D, with outstanding soloists and orchestra will be a choral celebration you won’t want to miss!

Messiah Sing2

Sunday, December 12, 2010, 3:30 PM
Trinity Church, Northborough

Organ – Brett Maguire
Soprano – Margaret Felice
Alto – Christina English
Tenor – Ethan Bremner
Bass – David Bonneau

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.

Wine, Women, and Song3

Sunday, March 20, 2011, 3:30 PM
St. Mark’s School, Southborough, MA

Carmina Burana– Carl Orff
With Algonquin Regional High School Concert Choir
The Northborough Town-Wide After-School Choir
Two pianos, percussion and soloists.

Soprano – Merrycarol Yumi Wada
Tenor – Arthur Rishi
Baritone – Philip Lima

Neue Liebeslieder – Walzer Op 65– Johannes Brahms

The 13th century medieval poems of Carmina Burana that celebrate spring, fickleness, drinking, gambling and lust are presented by Carl Orff with exciting rhythms, exuberant singing, and enthusiastic outbursts of joy and ecstasy.  The Neue Liebeslieder- Walzer of Brahms address these same themes of love, lust, and women but in a more lyrical and richly ‘romantic’ style.

This concert is sponsored in part
by a generous grant from
the Avidia Charitable Foundation.

Program Notes

Carmina Burana
Neue Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 65

A British Perspective4

Saturday, May 7, 2011, 8:00 PM
Evangelical Congregational Church, Westborough

Come, Ye Sons of Art – Henry Purcell
Rejoice in the Lamb– Benjamin Britten
Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice – Gerald Finzi

Organ – Brett Maguire
Soprano – Patrice Tiedemann
Alto – Jacque Wilson
Tenor – Stanley Wilson
Baritone – Steven Small

Henry Purcell, writing in the late 17th century is perhaps Britain’s first great composer.  Come, Ye Sons of Art, Away (subtitled “Ode of Queen Mary’s Birthday) is just one of many festive anthems he wrote for special occasions.  It wasn’t until the 20th century that two new composers put Britain on the musical map again.  Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb is a delightful and at times frivolous setting of poems written by Christopher Smart while in a mental institution.  Lo, the Full, Final, Sacrifice by Finzi is a more serious but festival celebration of the sacrifice of Jesus.  The poetry of Richard Crashaw provides many opportunities for Finzi to demonstrate his mastery of matching words to music.

Concert Notes