Sheepscot Chorus Presents Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity on Sunday, December 4th
Sheepscot Valley Chorus celebrates its 36th season with their Christmas concert Sunday, December 4th, at 3:00 p.m., at Boothbay Harbor Congregational Church. Featured on the program is the Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity, accompanied by Sean Fleming on organ, and featuring soprano Mary Sullivan, mezzo-soprano Jazmin DeRice, and tenor Timothy Neill Johnson.
In 1930, Ottorino Respighi composed Lauda per la Natività del Signore, the only sacred choral piece among his works. In this song of praise to the miracle of Christmas majestic sounding choral passages alternate with the soloistic roles of Maria, the Angel and the shepherd, accompanied by the sound of pastoral instruments. The music is varied, containing stylistic elements ranging from the late romantic to neo-baroque, as well as echoes of Gregorian chant. The second half of the concert will feature one of Bruckner’s beautiful Ave Maria settings, two carols by Sir Arthur Sullivan of Gilbert and Sullivan fame, an arrangement of the traditional French carol Quittez, Pasteurs by John Rutter, and other Christmas hits. Sheepscot Chorus is lead by director Linda Blanchard and accompanist Sean Fleming, both of Damariscotta. Tickets may be purchased at Maine Coast Book Shop, Sherman’s Books, Treats, and at the door. Tickets are $15 for adults and free to students. For more information, please visit our website at sheepscotvalleychorus.org.
Sheepscot Valley Chorus Invites New Members
The Sheepscot Valley Chorus is heading into its spring season, and new members are most welcome to join. The chorus has been singing for thirty-six years and is directed by Linda Blanchard, with accompanist Sean Fleming. The spring season will lead up to a concert in April or May.
New singers are welcomed in without audition. While it is helpful to have some basic ability to read music, there are practice CD’s made available to help members to learn their parts. Every rehearsal has some laughter and camaraderie, even – or especially – during the final weeks preparing for concert.
Last fall the SVC collaborated with the beloved Coastal Chorale, which had formally ended its over twenty-year run. The SVC gained former Coastal Chorale singers and expanded its audience to include Chorale fans from the Pemaquid Peninsula.
The Sheepscot Valley Chorus rehearses every Tuesday night at 7:00 PM in the fellowship hall of the First Congregational Church in Wiscasset. Come sing!
Call for Singers!
Singers are always welcome to join the Sheepscot Valley Chorus. For more information about the group, please feel free to browse this site, or call the director of the Chorus, Linda Blanchard, at (207) 380-2768.
Sheepscot Valley Chorus Mission Statement
The mission of the Sheepscot Valley Chorus is to provide opportunities for amateurs who like to sing, and to perform for audiences who share that love of music. There are no auditions. All that is needed to be a member is the enjoyment of singing. We encourage young musicians to participate and offer scholarships once a year to three students, one from each of our local high schools. The Chorus is committed to the classics as well as contemporary, Broadway, Gospel, and premiere performances of new works. We invite you to join the Sheepscot Chorus!
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