BLUE HILL, Maine — The Bagaduce Chorale will present a musical celebration of the feminine divine: Mary, Queen of Heaven at 7:30 p.m.Ā Friday, Dec. 9,Ā andĀ at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the First Congregational Church.
The centerpiece of this holiday celebration will be Mozartās āCoronation Massā, a dazzling missa brevis that will feature Mary Cheyney Gould at the Allen organ, along with strings and tympani. Featured soloists will include soprano Sara Schneider, who has returned to Blue Hill after teaching voice in Portland, Maine and at Camphill Village in Pennsylvania. The string quartet, to be led by Anatole Wieck, professor and music director at the University of Maine, Orono, will include BSO principal Sascha Zaburdaeva.
Other selections on the program extoll the divinity and tender maternal sympathies of the Virgin mother. Traditional selections include Lo, How a Rose Eāer Blooming and Bring a Torch Jeannette, Isabella, along with a powerful Ave Marie by Sergei Rachmaninoff. More contemporary works include Splendid Jewel by New Jersey composer Stephen Paulus, This Christmastide by British-born Chicago composer Donald Fraser, two stunning original compositions by the remarkable John Rutter, and a very non-traditional arrangement of Balalulow by Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, better known as āStingā. Music Director Bronwyn Kortge selected many of these works to showcase some of the beautiful alto and soprano voices of the chorale.
Those interested in learning more about these arrangements and their place in the chorale repertoire, are encouraged to attend Director Kortgeās pre-concert talk which will begin at 7:00 pm on Friday evening and at 2:30 pm on Saturday. Suggested donation for the entire event is $15.00. The Dress Rehearsal on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. andĀ is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10. For information, call 667-3555.
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