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Central Massachusetts Choral Consortium
Choral Activity for Central Massachusetts
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Towns listed are in Massachusetts, unless otherwise noted.
Singers interested in joining groups to sing in these concerts can look at Open Rehearsals, or the individual member group websites for information about open rehearsals or auditions.

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October 2014
November 2014
December 2014
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
June 2015


2014-2015 Season

October 2014

October 24, 2014 8:00 p.m.
Worcester Chorus, Dr. Christopher Shepard, Artistic Director
Mechanics Hall, Worcester

Music Worcester 2014-15 Season Opening Night – All Beethoven Program. Optional Gala at 6PM. Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 “Choral”, C major “Triple” Concerto for Violin, Cello, & Piano, and Overture to The Ruins of Athens.  With Arcadia Players and guest soloists.
www.worcesterchorus.com


November 2014

November 8, 2014 7:30 p.m.
Salisbury Singers, Dr. Michelle Graveline, Music Director
Salem Covenant Church, Worcester

We commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI with music that calls to mind the sacrifices made during wartime. Featuring Ralph Vaughn Williams’ cantata, Dona Nobis Pacem, the concert presents moving works remembering the fallen and longing for peace. We also celebrate the 200th anniversary of our national anthem with a star-spangled array of stirring patriotic songs, including our own 200-year-old Star Spangled Banner!
www.salisburysingers.org

November 9, 2014 3:30 p.m.
Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Dr. Robert P. Eaton, Artistic Director
St. Rose of Lima Parish, Northborough

The French Connection:
Messe Solonnelle de Ste. Cecile by Charles Gounod, and Requiem Opus 9 by Maurice Durufle, with professional soloists and Organist Brett Maguire.
Gounod's lyrical and reverent Mass with soprano Elissa Alvarez; tenor Carl Kinkel; and bass John Salvi will be presented with the more familiar Requiem of Durufle, featuring mezzo Margaret Lias and the Algonquin RHS Camerata Choir (Kathrine Waters, Dir.).
www.avmsingers.org

November 23, 2014 3:00 p.m.
Sounds of Stow, Barbara Jones, Artistic Director
Hale School, Stow Center

Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio - Choruses, Arias and Chorales. With soloists Erika Vogel (soprano); Laryssa Doohovskoy (mezzo); Jason Wang (tenor); James Dargan (baritone), and others.
www.soundsofstow.com


December 2014

December 6, 2014 8:00 p.m.
Worcester Chorus, Dr. Christopher Shepard, Artistic Director
Mechanics Hall, Worcester

Handel’s  Messiah,  an annual holiday tradition that has continued for 114 years!  The Chorus will be accompanied by the Festival  Orchestra and special guest soloists.
www.worcesterchorus.com

December 6, 2014 7:30 p.m.
December 14, 2014 5:00 p.m.
Harvard Pro Musica, Andy Icochea Icochea, Artistic Director
December 6 - Unitarian Universalist Church of Harvard, Harvard
December 14 - St. John the Evangelist Church, Clinton
Harvard Pro Musica launches its 45th season with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 which will be performed by the 50 voice chorus plus soloists and instrumental ensemble.
www.harvardpromusica.org

December 7, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Master Singers of Worcester, Malcolm Halliday, Artistic Director
First Unitarian Church, Worcester

Myriad Colors featuring "Mass In Blue" - This first concert of the season celebrates color in both sound and text. The Master Singers, joined by soprano Monica Hatch, and the WPI Jazz Band, directed by Rich Falco, will feature the Worcester premiere of "Mass in Blue", an innovative and compelling new work by the English composer Will Todd.  The chorus also presents colorful works by Casals, Ellington, Sondheim, and other composers, accompanied by pianist Olga Rogach.
www.mswma.org

December 7, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Nashoba Valley Chorale, Anne Watson Born, Music Director
First Church Unitarian, Littleton

Messiah Sing:  Bring your own score or borrow one of ours; Come to sing or to listen!
www.nashobavalleychorale.org

December 14, 2014
Greater Gardner Community Choir, Diane Cushing, Director
First Congregational Church, Gardner

Winter Concert 2014 - Christmas Cheer:  Music selections include Sicut Locutus Est, Awake the Trumpets Lofty Sound, Gloria Fanfare and other Christmas pieces.
www.ggcchoir.org

December 14, 2014 2:00 p.m.
Salisbury Singers, Dr. Michelle Graveline, Music Director
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester

The Singers perform a selection of holiday songs. Free with Museum admission.
www.salisburysingers.org

December 14, 2014 3:30 p.m.
Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Dr. Robert P. Eaton, Artistic Director
Trinity Church, Northborough

"Messiah" SING with Organist Brett Maguire & soprano Tamara Ryan, Mezzo Roselin Osser, tenor Stanley Wilson, and baritone David Bonneau.
An annual tradition with audience participation in singing the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah" and "Hallelujah Chorus"--an informal, exhilarating experience with some scores to share and refreshments following.
www.avmsingers.org


January 2015

January 24, 2015  8:00 p.m.
Acton Community Chorus, Paul Johnson, Director
Acton Congregational Church, Acton

Winter Concert features folk and spiritual music from British and American composers.
www.ActonCommunityChorus.org

January 31, 2015
8:00 p.m.
Nashoba Valley Chorale, Anne Watson Born, Music Director
Littleton High School, Littleton

Missa Solemnis in D major, op. 123 by Ludwig van Beethoven, with musicians of the Orchestra of Indian Hill and professional vocal soloists.
www.nashobavalleychorale.org


February 2015



March 2015

March 8, 2015 3:45 p.m.
Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Dr. Robert P. Eaton, Artistic Director
St. Mark's School, Southborough

"Anneleis" by James Whitbourn with full orchestra and soprano Susan Consoli & Westborough chorus Shir Joy, (Wendy Damoulakis, Dir.).
This extraordinary & dramatic choral work with libretto by Melanie Challenger, inspired by "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" will be presented with full orchestra for probably the first time in New England and will feature a 3:00 p.m. pre-concert talk by Dr. Joshua Jacobson, one of the foremost authorities on Jewish choral music.
www.avmsingers.org

March 13, 2015 8:00 p.m.
Worcester Chorus, Dr. Christopher Shepard, Artistic Director
Mechanics Hall, Worcester

J. S. Bach – St. John Passion. Artistic Director Christopher Shepard, a renowned interpreter of Bach, will lead the Worcester Chorus, guest soloists, and Festival Orchestra in this great sacred oratorio.
www.worcesterchorus.com

March 21, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Salisbury Singers, Dr. Michelle Graveline, Music Director
Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester

March 21, 1685 marks the birth of the incomparable‚Ä®J. S. Bach, and Salisbury Singers celebrates Bach’s 330th birthday with a performance of several well-known Bach choral works: the glorious motet Jesu meine Freude, the festive cantata #1 Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, and the lovely wedding cantata #196 Der Herr denket an uns. Accompanied by the Bach Consort of Worcester, the Singers present a concert of Baroque elegance and magnificence.
www.salisburysingers.org

March 22, 2015 3:00 p.m.
Sounds of Stow, Barbara Jones, Artistic Director
Hale School, Stow Center

A Salute to the Music of John Rutter: Psalm 150, This is the Day, and For the Beauty of the Earth. Featuring Laura Troisi (soprano), Jonathan Eldridge (baritone), and the Weston Middle School Concert Singers. Also featuring the area premiere of the full orchestral version of Bert Appermont's Colors, a trombone concerto with soloist Alexei Doohovskoy.
www.soundsofstow.com

March 22, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Master Singers of Worcester, Malcolm Halliday, Artistic Director
Mechanics Hall, Worcester

Songs for the Earth - Joined by the WPI orchestra, the Worcester Children's Chorus, and singers from area choirs, the Master Singers dedicate this concert to raise awareness of the environment and the fragile planet entrusted to our care. This concert will include settings of Thoreau in "To Love This Earth" by Gwyneth Walker, the Chief Seattle text "Earth Is Our Mother" by Dave Brubeck, and the spectacular paean to the Creator of the natural world, "Benedicite", by Andrew Carter.
www.mswma.org


April 2015



May 2015

May 9, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Salisbury Singers, Dr. Michelle Graveline, Music Director
Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Assumption College, Worcester

From slave times right up until today, African Americans have created meaningful and inspiring music. Salisbury Singers will explore 150 years of this folk music we call the “spiritual.” From William Dawson and Jester Hairston to Moses Hogan and André Thomas, these composers have given us music that will have your toes tapping and your heart swelling! Salisbury Singers is pleased to be joined on this concert by the Burncoat High School Quadrivium choir.
www.salisburysingers.org

May 9, 2015
8:00 p.m.
Nashoba Valley Chorale, Anne Watson Born, Music Director
Littleton High School, Littleton

Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff, in collaboration with Youth Pro Musica, Robert Barney, Artistic Director.
www.nashobavalleychorale.org

May 16, 2015 8:00 p.m.
Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Dr. Robert P. Eaton, Artistic Director
St. Matthias Parish, Marlborough

Choral Treasures:
A spectrum of some of the greatest treasures of the choral repertoire from Thompson's Alleluia and Mozart's Ave Verum to Spirituals and newer classics of composers such as Lauridsen, Gjeilo, Biebl and others.
www.avmsingers.org

Mary 17, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Sounds of Stow, Barbara Jones, Artistic Director
Hale School, Stow Center

Songs of the Civil War - A concert of historic selections to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the conclusion of the American Civil War.
www.soundsofstow.com

May 30, 2015 8:00 p.m.
Worcester Chorus, Dr. Christopher Shepard, Artistic Director
First Unitarian Church, Worcester

A Memorial Day Tribute:  Thompson – Testament of Freedom; Vaughan Williams – Dona nobis pacem; Moravec – Songs of Love & War (the text of this work comes from letters written by American soldiers to their loved ones).
www.worcesterchorus.com

TBD Spring, 2015
Greater Gardner Community Choir, Diane Cushing, Director
location TBD

Spring Concert 2014.
www.ggcchoir.org


June 2015

June 6, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Master Singers of Worcester, Malcolm Halliday, Artistic Director
First Congregational Church, Shrewsbury

Master Composers of the English Baroque - The Master Singers and area soloists perform sacred music by three English Baroque masters: John Blow, Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel, accompanied by the period instrumental ensemble, Arcadia Players, directed by Ian Watson. This final performance of the season is presented in partnership with the "Arts on the Green" concert series.
www.mswma.org

June 13, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Acton Community Chorus, Paul Johnson, Director
Maynard Elks Lodge, Maynard

Spring Pops Concert: "ACC Rocks!" includes a fun mix of Classic Rock from the 50s to the 80s.
www.ActonCommunityChorus.org








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