2016-2017 Season

The Time has Come for Peace

The Time Has Come for Peace

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 3:30 PM
Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough

With orchestra and AVM chorus conducted by Dr. Robert Eaton, with the Algonquin Regional High School Chorus, Kathrine Waters, Director.
Soloist- Catherine Hedberg– Mezzo Soprano

Eriks Ešenvalds’ 2015 work The Time Has Come will establish the theme for this concert. Based upon Nelson Mandela’s inauguration speech, this powerful and moving work states that “The time for healing… to bridge the chasms… has come… Let freedom reign.” The Time Has Come program notes

“The Armed Man”: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins, first performed by AVM in May 2008, has become a very popular and frequently performed choral work throughout the US. Commissioned for the millennium by the Royal Armouries, UK, and dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo crisis, this work is a contemporary example of a mass based on the 15th-century French song “L’Homme Armé” (The Armed Man). The complete composition sets sacred and secular texts including Tennyson, Kipling, The Koran and the Hindu Mahabharata within the framework of the Christian mass. The Armed Man program notes

In honor of Veterans Day, all active duty military and veterans will be admitted free to the November 13th concert. Please go to the ticketing table for your complimentary ticket.

MESSIAH_SINGSunday, December 18, 2016 – 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.

Monica Hatch– Soprano, Ana Maria Ugarte– Alto,

Brian Landry– Tenor, Sam Parkinson– Baritone,

Brett Maguire– Organist


The Poet SingsSunday, March 19, 2017 – 3:30 PM
St. Mark’s School
25 Marlborough Rd., Southborough

My songs lead but a half life… until music breathes life into them.”
Wilhelm Müller (poet of Schubert’s song cycles)

This concert features choral settings of some of the world’s greatest poetry. Poems of Wordsworth, Whitman, Byron, Bishop, Blake, E.E. Cummings and others will be featured in compositions by Dello Joio, Whitaker, Stroope, Lauridsen, Finzi and Vasks.  Read more about each poem in the Program Notes.

 2:30 PMA Conversation with Lloyd Schwartz
Lloyd Schwartz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, acclaimed poet, scholar, and teacher. He is the Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at University of Massachusetts Boston, and an authority on the American poet Elizabeth Bishop (whose poem “I am in Need of Music” leads off our program). Join us before the concert for an interactive discussion of poetry and music.

3:30 PM – Concert
Each poem will be read aloud by Mr. Schwartz and then followed by its choral setting.

Mass in Time of Was and Light EternalSaturday, May 13, 2017 – 8:00 PM
St. Mary’s Parish
640 Main St., Shrewsbury

With orchestra and soloists:

Jessica Cooper- Soprano, Thea Lobo- Mezzo Soprano, Charles Blandy- Tenor, John Salvi- Baritone

The bright and classical Haydn Mass in Time of War with its restless rumblings of war will be followed by Lauridsen’s ethereal and lush Lux Aeterna with its promise of eternal light. Also titled Pauken Messe for its uses of timpani (pauken), Haydn’s work was written at a time when Austria was being mobilized for war. The Mass was perceived by some as anti-war, but its joyful nature at least suggests a happier time.

The powerful emotions and the serenity of Lux Aeterna have been compared by some to Brahm’s A German Requiem. Lauridsen uses exquisite harmonic colors and fluid rhythms to express the feeling and meaning of the text ‘light eternal.’