2015-2016 Season

Friday, November 13 – 8:00 PM
St. Luke’s Parish
70 W. Main St., Westborough
with orchestra and soloists:
Elissa Alvarez– Soprano,
Margaret Lias– Mezzo Soprano
Matthew Anderson– Tenor,
Thomas Jones– Baritone

The Mastersingers return to their roots with a performance of Mozart’s much-loved work, which the chorus featured in their first concert in May 1978. In spite of its difficult history and numerous “completions and versions” the Requiem continues to be one of the most popular works in the choral repertoire.

Karl JenkinsTe Deum (2008) will provide a brilliant and joyous contrast to open the concert.
Program Notes

 


MESSIAH_SINGSunday, December 13 – 3:30 PM
First Church Congregational
37 High St., Marlborough

An annual holiday tradition. Be sure to join AVM in singing the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah.

Organist- Brett Maguire, Soprano- Chelsea Basler, Mezzo Soprano- Stephanie Scarcella,
Tenor- John David Nevergall, Bass- John Salvi


 

March2013Sunday, March 13 – 3:30 PM
St. Mark’s School
25 Marlborough Rd., Southborough

With orchestra and
Lynn Eustis– soprano,
Charles Blandy– tenor,
Philip Lima– Baritone

“Alexander’s Feast, or The Power of Music” was one of Handel’s most popular works, which he often revived when he needed a guaranteed box office success. Dramatic and pictorially vivid, the work is neither opera nor yet a full-scale oratorio. At a feast presented by Alexander the Great, Timotheus the court musician demonstrates music’s power over human emotions and its ability to bring about harmony between man and the universe.

 


May2016hopeSaturday, May 14 – 8:00 PM
St. Mary’s Parish
640 Main St., Shrewsbury

With Chamber Ensemble and

Jean Danton– Soprano
David Bonneau– Baritone

Dan ForrestRequiem for the Living (2013)

“A fresh and inspiring perspective on life, love, loss and renewal.” This work has achieved widespread acclaim, with over a hundred performances in the US and abroad. (with Chamber Ensemble)
Forrest-Requiem-Program-Notes

Henry MolliconeBeatitude Mass: for the Homeless (2006)

The text incorporates the words from the Latin Mass with English texts by William Luce drawn from interviews conducted with people living in homeless shelters. The lyric melodies and lush harmonies exalt the simple and anguished words of homeless people, beginning and ending with the Beatitudes “Blessed are the Poor.” (with Chamber Ensemble)

MOLLICONE PROGRAM NOTES