Bach and Handel- A Different View
The Ways of Zion Do Mourn
(Funeral Anthem on the Death of Queen Caroline)
G. F. Handel
Lutheran Mass in G minor
J. S. Bach
Saturday, November 10, 2012, 8 PM
St. Mary’s Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury
Handel presents a restrained, contemplative, and touching anthem for the funeral of beloved patron and friend Queen Caroline. It is a very different Handel than one hears in Messiah. For the Lutheran Masses Bach borrowed music from earlier works and thus they represent some of what he thought was his best music. By reworking the text to fit the Kyrie and Gloria they became more usable for any service.
Sunday, December 16, 2012, 3:30 PM
The Congregational Church, 8 Church Street, Westborough
An annual Holiday Tradition
Organist- Brett Maguire
Soprano- Elaine Crane
Mezzo Soprano- Desiree Maira
Tenor- Eric Christopher Perry
Baritone- James Liu
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.
Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc
Sunday, March 3, 2013, 3:30 PM
St. Mark’s School, Southborough
With orchestra and soloists:
Soprano- Jean Danton
Mezzo Soprano- Jacque Wilson
Tenor- William Hite
Bass- Robert Honeysucker
The Voice of Joan- Worcester Children’s Chorus
– Jennifer Kane, Director
Voices of Light merges the legendary silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with a live performance of a ravishing score by award-winning composer Richard Einhorn. An incredibly moving composition for solo voices, chorus and orchestra, Voices of Light has been hailed as “a triumph” (Los Angeles Times) and “an overwhelming experience” (Chicago Tribune).
Introduction by John J. Michalczyk
Boston College Fine Arts Professor John Michalczyk, director of the university’s Film Studies Program, is a filmmaker whose documentaries have focused on social justice, exploring issues of discrimination, hatred, war and peace. Starting at 2:40 pm, immediately before the concert, Professor Michalczyk will give a presentation entitled “Carl Dreyer’s Passion of Joan of Arc: An Intimate, Psychological Portrait of a Martyr”. Your concert ticket will grant you entry to his talk as well as the film and concert.
For more information about Professor Michalczyk, click HERE
by a grant from
the Avidia Charitable Foundation.
Music of the Soul
The Peaceable Kingdom– Randall Thompson
With Algonquin Regional High School Chamber Singers
– Kathrine Waters, Director
Five Hebrew Love Songs– Eric Whitacre
Dark Night of the Soul– Ola Gjeilo
The intensity and starkness of The Peaceable Kingdom provide sharp contrast with the tenderness and intense poignancy of Five Hebrew Love Songs, and Gjeilo merges voices, piano, and violin into symphonic waves of lush sonorities to plunge deep into the listener’s soul, leaving one awestruck with wonder.