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Shrewsbury Chorale Events

Christmas Concert '98

TOWARD THE UNKNOWN REGION

We  welcomed our new Conductor and Music Director,
Stephen Michael Smith, for his first concert with us!
We hope you joined us on
Saturday December 5, 1998 @ 8PM to celebrate the season at

The First Presbyterian Church of Freehold
118 West Main Street, Freehold

We were joined by three accomplished soloists:
Elaine Valby, Mezzo-Soprano
Christopher Pfund, Tenor and Brace Negron, Bass

The Chorale was accompanied by orchestra and
our program was enjoyed by all!

TOWARD THE UNKNOWN REGION - R. Vaughan  Williams

TOTUS TUUS, Op. 60 - Henryk Gorecki

ALLUNDE - African Lullaby

HOLIDAY CAROLS
      Hark the Herald Angels Sing      Mendelssohn arr. Willcocks
      Love Came Down at Christmas 
John Rutter
      In the Bleak Midwinter                 Harold Darke
      I Saw Three Ships                         Traditional arr. Willcocks
      Ave Maria                                        Franz Biebl

Intermission

MAGNIFICAT IN D MAJOR, BWV 243 - J.S. Bach

WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS - arr. Warrell


Sunday, March 14, 1999 @ 3PM
An Afternoon at the Opera

Was an afternoon not to be missed!  We hope you were with us at the
First Presbyterian Church,
255 Harding Rd, Red Bank, NJ
for our exciting musical presentation. 
We were accompanied by an ensemble of brass, percussion, and organ.
A lovely reception was enjoyed by all in Webster Hall directly following the concert.
The program included:

puccini.jpeg (8052 bytes) MESSA DI GLORIA,
Op. Posthum
by GIACOMO PUCCINI

FAVORITE OPERA CHORUSES!

bizet.jpg (9473 bytes)   CARMEN
  by
BIZET
  HABANERA           
PRINCE IGOR
by BORODIN
POLOVTSIAN DANCES

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA
by MASCAGNI 
EASTER HYMN

mascagni.jpg (4656 bytes)
dido13.jpg (46953 bytes) DIDO AND AENEAS
by PURCELL 
DIDO'S  LAMENT  &  FINAL CHORUS
IL TROVATORE by VERDI 
ANVIL CHORUS
verdi.jpg (3158 bytes)
LA TRAVIATA by VERDI 
BRINDISI

 
Our guest soloist was Máire O'Brien
.  Máire O'Brien hails from Dublin and has been cited as one of the outstanding young opera singers of her generation. The New York district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1996, she won the Olga Koussevitsky Competition, and made her Weill Hall debut in Manhattan the following year. She holds first prize from the international opera competition in Sanremo, Italy, which resulted in a televised concert at the Teatro Alfieri in Turin. She also won third prize in the Iris Adami Corredetti competition in Padua, Italy.

Ms. O'Brien is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Young Artists Program at the Juilliard Opera Center. She has participated in the Aspen Music Festival where she was the first singer to win two concerto competitions. She was chosen to perform the lead role in the American stage premier of Powder her Face by British composer, Thomas Adès, with The Brooklyn Philharmonic under the baton of Robert Spano. She has appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland), Spoleto USA Festival, and CoOpera.


With Voices Uplifted

SHREWSBURY CHORALE  PREMIERES RECENTLY RECONSTRUCTED WORKS WRITTEN OVER FOUR HUNDRED YEARS AGO    FOR ST. MARK'S IN VENICE

Works premiered included masterpiece by famed Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrieli.

The Chorale's New York area premiere performance of these works was held on Saturday, May 22, 1999, at 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 118 West Main Street, Freehold.  We performed works by Giovanni Gabrieli Gioseffo Zarlino, Giovanni Bassano and Giovanni Croce, written for services at the Basilica di San Marco in Venice. Also featured was a work by Jacob Obrecht.

But first we traveled to Boston!  We performed with the Schola Cantorum of Harvard Divinity School and the Coro di Camera of the First and Second Church in Boston on May 16th @ 3 PM for the Boston Premiere.

The concert was held at the First and Second Church in Boston which is located at 66 Marlborough St., Boston. 

Brenda Lynne Leach and
Stephen Michael Smith Conducting


 

 

 

 

 

 

Both programs also included:

  Mass in G Minor
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Les Chansons des Rose
 Morten Lauridsen
 A musical setting of poems
by Rainer Maria Rilke

      

Please see below for complete details.

SHREWSBURY CHORALE TO PREMIERE RECENTLY RECONSTRUCTED WORKS WRITTEN OVER FOUR HUNDRED YEARS AGO FOR ST. MARK'S IN VENICE

Works to be premiered include masterpiece by famed Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrieli.

The Shrewsbury Chorale will premiere choral works, written for St. Mark's in Venice, believed not to have been performed since their original composition and performance in the 1500s. The manuscripts, recorded in the sixteenth century by the famed Venetian publisher, Petrucci, have lain lost in Italian archives until their recent reconstruction. This premiere performance will be presented Saturday, May 22, 1999, at 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 118 West Main Street, Freehold, N.J. and will be the third concert of the Chorale's 1998-99 season under the baton of Music Director, Stephen Michael Smith.

The works to be premiered include "O quam suavis est" (1597) by Giovanni Gabrieli and "Misereris omnium Domine" (1566) by Gioseffo Zarlino, Gabrieli's predecessor, and were written specifically for services at the world famous Basilica di San Marco in Venice. Also featured will be "Missa Fortuna desperata" (1503) by Jacob Obrecht, "Dic nobis Maria" (1598) by Giovanni Bassano, and "Audi Domine hymnum et orationnem" (1601) by Giovanni Croce. Of the five composers featured Obrecht was the only one to never hold a post at St. Marks. His inclusion in the Petrucci manuscripts indicates his works were held in high esteem at that time, would have been known to the musicians at St. Mark's, and were most likely performed in services at the basilica. The splendor and grandeur of the music written for St. Mark's was not only a reflection of the importance of the basilica as the spiritual center of the then powerful state of Venice, but also its focus as the city's cultural and political heart. Music for services reflected a liturgy unique to St. Mark's and incorporated a wide variety of musical styles befitting the unique architecture of the basilica as well as the elaborate ceremonial rites required for major feast days and visiting political dignitaries. Up to now very little has been known about the way the music for these occasions was actually brought to life in performance.

After years of research, musicologist Randolph Mickelson has found and assembled documents which have enabled him to reconstruct this music as it was performed in the sixteenth century. Under the guidance of Mr. Mickelson, The Shrewsbury Chorale and Music Director, Stephen Michael Smith, have prepared the premiere performances of these works. Mr. Mickelson's other reconstructions include Rossini's L'Assedio di Corinto at La Scala in Milan, Italy and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Handel's Semele at Carnegie Hall with Marilyn Horne, Kathleen Battle, Rockwell Blake, and Samuel Ramey, and L'Orfeo of Claudio Monteverdi which inaugurated the new Megalon concert hall in Athens, Greece.

Also on the program will be Ralph Vaughan Williams' a cappella work for double chorus, "Mass in G Minor." Written in 1922, by one of our century's most important composers, the Mass exemplifies the simple, yet transcendent, style associated with this English master.

Completing the program will be Morten Lauridsen's song cycle "Les Chansons des Roses" (1993), a musical setting of poems by Rainer Maria Rilke. Lauridsen's own comments about his inspiration in using Rilke's poems clearly reflect his own compositional choices in these settings, "...[Rilke's] poems on roses struck me as especially charming, filled with gorgeous lyricism, deftly crafted and elegant in their imagery. These exquisite poems are primarily light, joyous and playful, and the musical settings are designed to enhance these characteristics and capture their delicate beauty and sensuousness." Morten Laurdisen, a native of the Pacific Northwest, is Chairman of the Composition Department at USC's School of Music in Los Angeles and is Composer-in-Residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale.