2019-2020 Season

Our Upcoming 2019-2020 Season!


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Bridging Traditions: From Psalm to Mass
Saturday, November 16, 2019 – 8:00 PM
Congregation B’nai Shalom, Westborough, MA
Orchestra and
Dana Varga, Soprano
Pamela Dellal, Mezzo-soprano
Gregory Zavracky, Tenor
John Salvi, Baritone

Lord Nelson Mass (Mass in Time of Distress) – F. J. Haydn
Chichester Psalms – Leonard Bernstein

Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass,” composed during the Napoleonic Wars with its celebratory
trumpets foreshadows Nelson’s victories. Bernstein composed Chichester Psalms shortly after
the assassination of President Kennedy. By combining Jewish and Christian choral traditions,
Bernstein was implicitly issuing a plea for peace in Israel.


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Messiah Sing
Sunday, December 15, 2019 – 3:30 PM
First Church in Marlborough, MA

AVM’s Messiah Sing has become a holiday tradition eagerly anticipated throughout the region.
It is an opportunity to hear superb soloists and for all to participate in singing the choruses of the
Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. Sing ‘Hallelujah’!

Bridges to Unity – We Are Not Alone
Orchestra and soloists and ARHS Chamber Choir

Unity in Diversity – Cynthia Lee Wong
LUX: The Dawn From On High – Dan Forrest
We Exist – Oliver Caplan

Commissioned by AVM in honor of its 40th anniversary, Unity in Diversity is a song
cycle with texts by Wordsworth, Teasdale and Tagore, touching on themes which
resonate today—nature and destruction, love and unity.

Concert Conversations – Meet the Composer
Cynthia Lee Wong will talk about her music, compositional process, and take questions from the audience.

LUX: The Dawn From On High explores ancient liturgical chant, scripture, and modern secular
love poetry.

The lyrics of We Exist respond to the 2017 violence in Charlottesville, Virginia …honoring all
races, all faiths and all genders.

Bridges of the Spirit: Glories of France
June 2020 – details TBD
Pilgrim Church, Southborough, MA
Kristen Watson, Soprano

Requiem in d minor – Gabriel Fauré
Gloria – Francis Poulenc

Fauré’s Requiem is a sublime statement of faith with some of the most beautiful melodies he ever
composed. By contrast, Poulenc’s Gloria is an exuberant declaration of praise.