Past Concerts and Other News

Date City Venue Country
12/03/17 Boothbay Harbor, Maine Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor United States
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: $15, free for students. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 125 Townsend Ave. Venue phone: (207) 633-4757. Rutter Gloria and Brass Ensemble Highlight Sheepscot ​Dec. 3 ​Christmas Concert Sheepscot Valley Chorus will perform their Christmas concert Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3:00 PM, at Boothbay Harbor Congregational Church. Featured on this ever-popular program will be the beautiful and stirring ​”​Gloria​”​ of John Rutter, perfomed with a professional brass ensemble, organ, and percussion. Also featured on the concert will be ​”​Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence​”​ by Gustav Holst, ​”​Hodie Christus Natus Est​”​ for chorus and brass by Renaissance composer Giovanni Gabrieli, and ​”​The Many Moods of Christmas Suite Four​”​ by choral music legend Robert Shaw and arranger extraordinaire Robert Russell Bennett. John Rutter noted Francis Poulenc, Igor Stravinsky and William Walton as influences for his ​”Gloria​”​​​ setting. Rutter also noted the influence of Gregorian chant throughout the work. A reviewer noted as Rutter’s hallmarks: “an unfailing knack to get to the root of the text, exquisitely balanced vocal writing, melting harmonies, intensely sweet turns of phrase, short ecstatic climaxes, but also a willingness to be astringent, and rhythmically powerful.” Another reviewer attributed the lasting success of Rutter’s music to the fact that he “writes music that people want to perform and to hear”, and that it is interesting and challenging for performers. The combination of brass and percussion coupled with pipe organ is one not to be missed. Christmas favorites such as ​”​Sleigh Ride​”​ will also be sung. Sheepscot Chorus is lead by director Linda Blanchard and accompanist Sean Fleming, both of Damariscotta. Advance tickets may be purchased at Maine Coast Book Shop, Sherman’s Books, and Treats. Tickets are $15 at the door, and free to students. For more info​​rmation, please visit our website at sheepscotvalleychorus.org, or call Marjorie DiVece at 207-882-6338. Related post.
09/12/17 Wiscasset, ME First Congregational Church Wiscasset UCC United States
Time: 6:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 207-380-2768. Address: 28 High St, Wiscasset, ME 04578. Venue phone: (207) 882-7544. Sheepscot Valley Chorus Welcomes New Singers The Sheepscot Valley Chorus begins their 37th season with a potluck supper at 7:00 PM with a rehearsal following, on Tuesday, September 12 at the Wiscasset Congregational Church on Route 1. With a long history of community music making, the Chorus welcomes and encourages new singers to join us. Singers wishing to participate may call director Linda Blanchard at 207-380-2768, or simply come to the first rehearsal, voice at the ready. The major work this fall John Rutter’s stirring “Gloria” for mixed voices with brass, percussion and organ. John Rutter was born in England in 1945. He studied at Cambridge, and in 1981 he established the Cambridge Singers. In 1974, Rutter visited the United States at the invitation of choral musician Melvin “Mel” Olson and conducted the premiere of his cantata “Gloria” in Omaha, NB. The second half of the concert will have a mixture of classical works and lighter holiday fare, including traditional carols sung by the chorus and audience accompanied by brass and organ. Sheepscot Valley Chorus is directed by Linda Blanchard and accompanied by Sean Fleming, both of Damariscotta. The Chorus will perform their concert Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 p.m. in at the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor. Please join us!
04/30/17 Newcastle Second Congregational Church United States
Time: 4:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 51 Main Street, Newcastle, Maine 04553. Venue phone: (207) 563-3379. Sheepscot Valley Chorus Performs the Forrest Requiem for the Living and Ellington favorites The Sheepscot Valley Chorus will perform Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living and Ellingtonia, a medley of songs by “Duke” Ellington, on April 29 at 4:00 and April 30 at 4:00, at the Second Congregational Church in Newcastle. Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest, composed in 2013, is scored for mixed choir and orchestra with solos for boy soprano and tenor. Combining both liturgical and non-liturgical texts, this powerful five-movement work projects a wide range of meaningful expression, from a biting essay on the vanity and pain of mankind to a plea for mercy, and finally a celebration of eternal light. The work has received more than a hundred performances world-wide within a year of its composition, including performances in Canada, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and multiple performances at Carnegie Hall. Ellingtonia features many “Duke” Ellington favorites, including: Azure Caravan Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me Don’t Get Around Much Anymore I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart I’m Beginning to See the Light I’m Just A Lucky So And So In A Sentimental Mood It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it ain’t got That Swing) Love You Madly Mood Indigo Satin Doll Solitude Sophisticated Lady Prelude To A Kiss Take The ‘A’ Train 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. More information
04/29/17 Newcastle Second Congregational Church United States
Time: 4:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 51 Main Street, Newcastle, Maine 04553. Venue phone: (207) 563-3379. Sheepscot Valley Chorus Performs the Forrest Requiem for the Living and Ellington favorites The Sheepscot Valley Chorus will perform Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living and Ellingtonia, a medley of songs by “Duke” Ellington, on April 29 at 4:00 and April 30 at 4:00, at the Second Congregational Church in Newcastle. Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest, composed in 2013, is scored for mixed choir and orchestra with solos for boy soprano and tenor. Combining both liturgical and non-liturgical texts, this powerful five-movement work projects a wide range of meaningful expression, from a biting essay on the vanity and pain of mankind to a plea for mercy, and finally a celebration of eternal light. The work has received more than a hundred performances world-wide within a year of its composition, including performances in Canada, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and multiple performances at Carnegie Hall. Ellingtonia features many “Duke” Ellington favorites, including: Azure Caravan Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me Don’t Get Around Much Anymore I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart I’m Beginning to See the Light I’m Just A Lucky So And So In A Sentimental Mood It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it ain’t got That Swing) Love You Madly Mood Indigo Satin Doll Solitude Sophisticated Lady Prelude To A Kiss Take The ‘A’ Train 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. More information
01/17/17 Wiscasset, ME First Congregational Church Wiscasset UCC United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 28 High St, Wiscasset, ME 04578. Venue phone: (207) 882-7544. Sheepscot Valley Chorus Invites New Members for its Spring Season to sing the Forrest “Requiem for the Living” and Ellington favorites The Sheepscot Valley Chorus is heading into its spring season with its first rehearsal slated for Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 PM, 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 fall season will lead up to a concert in the spring that will feature Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living,” and “Ellingtonia,” a medley of songs by “Duke” Ellington. The “Requiem for the Living” by Dan Forrest, composed in 2013, is scored for mixed choir and orchestra with solos for boy soprano and tenor. Combining both liturgical and non-liturgical texts, this powerful five-movement work projects a wide range of meaningful expression, from a biting essay on the vanity and pain of mankind to a plea for mercy, and finally a celebration of eternal light. The work has received more than a hundred performances world-wide within a year of its composition, including performances in Canada, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and multiple performances at Carnegie Hall. “Ellingtonia” features many “Duke” Ellington favorites, including: Azure Caravan Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me Don’t Get Around Much Anymore I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart I’m Beginning to See the Light I’m Just A Lucky So And So In A Sentimental Mood It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it ain’t got That Swing) Love You Madly Mood Indigo Satin Doll Solitude Sophisticated Lady Prelude To A Kiss Take The ‘A’ Train 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 Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM in the fellowship hall of the First Congregational Church in Wiscasset. Come sing! More information
12/04/16 Boothbay Harbor, Maine Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor United States
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: $15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 2073802768. Address: 125 Townsend Ave. Venue phone: (207) 633-4757. 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.
09/13/16 Wiscasset, ME First Congregational Church Wiscasset UCC United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 28 High St, Wiscasset, ME 04578. Venue phone: (207) 882-7544. Sheepscot Valley Chorus Invites New Members The Sheepscot Valley Chorus is heading into its fall season, and new members are most welcome to join. The chorus has been singing for thirty-five years and is directed by Linda Blanchard, with accompanist Sean Fleming. The fall season will lead up to a concert in mid-December; with a spring season and a new concert line-up to follow, starting in January. 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. The featured work this season will be Ottorino Respighi’s “Laud to the Nativity”, composed in 1930. Listeners who are familiar only with Respighi’s most famous orchestral pieces are in for a treat of a different kind. Lightly orchestrated, and featuring several solo voices in addition to the chorus, this work echoes with musical styles of centuries earlier to create lyrical and lovely music. 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!
04/10/16 Newcastle Second Congregational Church United States
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: $15 for adults and free to students. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 207-380-2768. Address: 51 Main Street, Newcastle, Maine 04553. Venue phone: (207) 563-3379. Sheepscot Valley Chorus celebrates 35 years of fine choral music this season with their spring concert on Sunday, April 10th, 3:00 p.m. at Second Congregational Church in Newcastle. The concert includes works by British composers Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Gilbert and Sullivan, with performances by tenor David Myers, Jr. and our Sheepscot Chorus Student Music Award winners. Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb” features soprano Addison Vermilion, our Student Music Award winner from Lincoln Academy, alto chorister Sarah Highland, tenor David Myers, Jr., and bass chorister James Crowley as soloists. The work movingly sets the poetry of eighteenth century poet Christopher Smart, whose outspoken views saw him wrongly imprisoned in a mental asylum, where he wrote “Jubilate Agno”. Addison Vermilion also serves as soprano soloist for Britten’s “Te Deum in C,” a setting of the early Christian hymn of praise that has inspired composers for centuries. Vaughan Williams’ jubilant “O Clap Your Hands,” draws its text from Psalm 47 and includes a rousing timpani part played by Student Award Winner Samuel Smith of Wiscasset Middle High School. Our three Student Music Award Winners will be highlighted in the second half of the program as they present solo works. The concert moves to a lighthearted note with music of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore,” including solo work by tenor David Myers, Jr., baritone Richard Francis, Student Award Winner soprano Annielyn MacKusick of Boothbay Region High School, and student percussionist Samuel Smith. Founded in 1980, the Sheepscot Valley Chorus is directed by conductor Linda Blanchard and accompanied by Sean Fleming, both of Damariscotta. Tickets are $15 for adults and free to students, and are available at the door.
01/19/16 - 04/03/16 Wiscasset, ME First Congregational Church Wiscasset UCC United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 28 High St, Wiscasset, ME 04578. Venue phone: (207) 882-7544. Sing With Sheepscot Chorus! Sheepscot Valley Chorus invites you to sing with us as we begin rehearsals for our spring semester on Tuesday, January 19, 7:00 pm at the First Congregational Church in Wiscasset. The Chorus will be preparing music of English composer Benjamin Britten, including his joyfully exuberant Te Deum in C and the beautiful and mystical “Rejoice in the Lamb,” which sets the poetry of Christopher Smart. We’ll also explore songs of the seaside and springtime. Come join in the fun, meet friends new and old, and help us make beautiful music! The performance will be on Sunday, April 10 at 3:00 pm. in Newcastle. Continuing our tradition of supporting local youth, the program also will highlight the talents of three high school students, recipients of the annual Sheepscot Valley Chorus Music Scholarships. Sheepscot Valley Chorus has been singing in Midcoast Maine for over 35 years, and is led by director Linda Blanchard and accompanist Sean Fleming, both of Damariscotta. Recent concerts include last season’s acclaimed performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Vivaldi’s Gloria. For more information, please visit our website at www.sheepscotvalleychorus.org or call Linda Blanchard at 380-2768.
12/13/15 New Harbor New Harbor United Methodist Church United States
Time: 2:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 2073802768. Address: 8 Southside Rd., New Harbor, ME 04554. Venue phone: (207) 677-2476. Sheepscot Valley Chorus celebrates its 35th season with their Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 13th, at 2:00 pm., at New Harbor Methodist Church. Featured on the program is the Vivaldi Gloria, which will feature soprano Nina Tilander, with soprano Linda Blomquist and alto Sarah Highland. Composed in 1715, the beautifully sunny character of Vivaldi’s Gloria, with its varied and exciting themes, has given the work timeless universal appeal. Yet the piece was undiscovered for two centuries after the composer’s death, until it was found among others of his manuscripts in the late 1920s, finally restored to its original version in 1957 when it received its first modern day performance and leapt to popularity with performers and audiences alike. Soloists will also join the Chorus for the second half, which includes John Rutter’s lyrical What Sweeter Music, works by Keith Francis, Mary Did You Know with bass soloist Frank Orlando, and traditional carols such as Winter Wonderland and I’ll Be Home for Christmas. The second half of the concert will feature special guest, wunderkind accompanist Richard Kinney. This special performance commemorates the Coastal Chorale’s first concert thirty years ago, which also featured the Vivaldi Gloria under the baton of founding director Nat Weston, and is a gift to the community, with a free will offering. Sheepscot Chorus is lead by director Linda Blanchard and accompanist Sean Fleming, both of Damariscotta. For more information, please visit our website at sheepscotvalleychorus.org. More information
12/06/15 Boothbay Harbor, Maine Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor United States
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: $15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 2073802768. Address: 125 Townsend Ave. Venue phone: (207) 633-4757. Sheepscot Valley Chorus celebrates its 35th season with their Christmas concert Sunday, December 6, 3:00 p.m., at Boothbay Harbor Congregational Church. Featured on the program is the Vivaldi Gloria, performed with a professional chamber orchestra and featuring soprano Nina Tilander, with soprano Linda Blomquist and alto Sarah Highland. Composed in 1715, the beautifully sunny character of Vivaldi’s Gloria, with its varied and exciting themes, has given the work timeless universal appeal. Yet the piece was undiscovered for two centuries after the composer’s death, until it was found among others of his manuscripts in the late 1920s, finally restored to its original version in 1957 when it received its first modern day performance and leapt to popularity with performers and audiences alike. Soloists and orchestra also will join the Chorus for the second half, which includes John Rutter’s lyrical What Sweeter Music, Herbert Howells’ A Spotless Rose, featuring baritone Jim Crowley, works by Keith Francis, and traditional carols such as Winter Wonderland and I’ll Be Home for Christmas. 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 Chorus will join with the Coastal Chorale and accompanist Richard Kinney to bring a second performance of this program (without orchestra) to New Harbor Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 13th, at 2:00 pm. This special performance commemorates the Coastal Chorale’s first concert thirty years ago, which also featured the Vivaldi Gloria under the baton of founding director Nat Weston, and is a gift to the community, with a free will offering. More information
09/08/15 - 11/01/15 Wiscasset, ME First Congregational Church Wiscasset UCC United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 28 High St, Wiscasset, ME 04578. Venue phone: (207) 882-7544. Sing Vivaldi’s Gloria with Sheepscot Chorus! Now is the perfect time to join Sheepscot Valley Chorus, as we continue our 35th Season celebration with Vivaldi’s joyful Gloria. A favorite of audiences and performers alike, this time-honored masterpiece will be performed with professional soloists and instrumentalists. Don’t miss this chance to be part of our special celebration! For more information, call Linda Blanchard at (207) 380-2768. For two centuries after Vivaldi’s death, the Gloria lay undiscovered until the late 1920s, when it was found buried among a pile of forgotten Vivaldi manuscripts. It was not performed until September 1939, and found instant popularity. Sheepscot Valley Chorus is led by Artistic Director Linda Blanchard and accompanist Sean Fleming, both of Damariscotta. Starting on September 8th, the Chorus rehearses every Tuesday night at 7:00-9:00, the Wiscasset Congregational Church. Recent concerts for the group include last season’s highly acclaimed performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, presented in collaboration with St. Cecilia Chamber Choir. For more information about the Sheepscot Chorus, please visit our website at sheepscotvalleychorus.org.
04/26/15 Newcastle St. Patrick’s Church United States
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: $15 ~ kids and students free.. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 32 Pond Road, PO Box 598, Newcastle, ME. Venue phone: (207) 563-3240. The Sheepscot Chorus and St. Cecilia Chamber Choir join forces to present Felix Mendelssohn’s epic oratorio Elijah, on Saturday, April 25 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, April 26 at 3:00pm, at St. Patrick’s Church in Newcastle, Maine. Gathered under the baton of Artistic Director Linda Blanchard, the combined group will be accompanied by the a professional orchestra and four outstanding soloists for this magnificent work – composed in the spirit of Baroque greats Bach and Handel. Elijah is deemed by many, along with Handel’s Messiah, to be one of the most spectacular large-scale choral works ever composed. It demands technical brilliance in every aspect: from the precision required of the soloists in all four arias, to the magnitude of skill and cooperation from the orchestra, as well as the volume of voices to bring the choruses to full and powerful fruition. The oratorio premiered in 1846 in Birmingham, England, where it was an instant triumph, and conducted by Mendelssohn himself, who would pass away the following year at the young age of 38. The extraordinary work depicts the life of the Biblical prophet Elijah, whose spirit is tested by a plethora of natural disasters including floods, earthquakes and droughts. In addition to death, sacrifice, and questions of his own faith, the prophet is gently guided by the God of the Old Testament to ultimately regain prosperity for the citizens of Israel, find peace within himself, and, in a stunning finale, ascend to heaven by fiery chariot. The drama of these cataclysmic scenes, exemplary of the era’s romanticism, is perfectly conveyed by the magnificence and grandeur of the music. Mendelssohn’s composition is ripe with exquisite melodies, contemplative recitatives, and stirring choruses. Performing the title role is New York baritone Josh Miller, frequently lauded for his meticulous characterisation and rich, resonant voice. Appearing alongside Giles are three exceptional soloists: A frequent soloist with numerous ensembles in New England, the talented soprano Mary Sullivan, a longtime member of The Choral Art Society and the St. Mary Schola early music ensemble Andrea Graichen, the wonderful tenor David Myers, Jr., and the amazing boy soprano Benjamin Pugh. Don’t miss this exciting concert. Tickets will be available soon for this wonderful event. Related post. More information
04/25/15 Newcastle St. Patrick’s Church United States
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $15 ~ kids and students free.. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 32 Pond Road, PO Box 598, Newcastle, ME. Venue phone: (207) 563-3240. The Sheepscot Chorus and St. Cecilia Chamber Choir join forces to present Felix Mendelssohn’s epic oratorio Elijah, on Saturday, April 25 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, April 26 at 3:00pm, at St. Patrick’s Church in Newcastle, Maine. Gathered under the baton of Artistic Director Linda Blanchard, the combined group will be accompanied by the a professional orchestra and four outstanding soloists for this magnificent work – composed in the spirit of Baroque greats Bach and Handel. Elijah is deemed by many, along with Handel’s Messiah, to be one of the most spectacular large-scale choral works ever composed. It demands technical brilliance in every aspect: from the precision required of the soloists in all four arias, to the magnitude of skill and cooperation from the orchestra, as well as the volume of voices to bring the choruses to full and powerful fruition. The oratorio premiered in 1846 in Birmingham, England, where it was an instant triumph, and conducted by Mendelssohn himself, who would pass away the following year at the young age of 38. The extraordinary work depicts the life of the Biblical prophet Elijah, whose spirit is tested by a plethora of natural disasters including floods, earthquakes and droughts. In addition to death, sacrifice, and questions of his own faith, the prophet is gently guided by the God of the Old Testament to ultimately regain prosperity for the citizens of Israel, find peace within himself, and, in a stunning finale, ascend to heaven by fiery chariot. The drama of these cataclysmic scenes, exemplary of the era’s romanticism, is perfectly conveyed by the magnificence and grandeur of the music. Mendelssohn’s composition is ripe with exquisite melodies, contemplative recitatives, and stirring choruses. Performing the title role is New York baritone Josh Miller, frequently lauded for his meticulous characterisation and rich, resonant voice. Appearing alongside Giles are three exceptional soloists: A frequent soloist with numerous ensembles in New England, the talented soprano Mary Sullivan, a longtime member of The Choral Art Society and the St. Mary Schola early music ensemble Andrea Graichen, the wonderful tenor David Myers, Jr., and the amazing boy soprano Benjamin Pugh. Don’t miss this exciting concert. Tickets will be available soon for this wonderful event. Related post. More information
12/07/14 Boothbay Harbor, Maine Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor United States
Time: 3:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 207-380-2768. Address: 125 Townsend Ave. Venue phone: (207) 633-4757. The Sheepscot Valley Chorus will present a concert of celebration, changing seasons, and the joy of hope and renewal – music ancient, music contemporary at the Congregational Church, Boothbay Harbor, on Sunday December 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm. Some highlights include Franz Schubert’s Magnificat (1861) and Francesco Durant’s Magnificat (1700). Franz Schubert, of Austria, was an “unrivaled master of lyrical beauty”. The mystery of such beauty must be left – kept – and sensed in a spiritual sense of our thinking. Francesco Durante, of Naples, Italy, was a leading composer of church music. The linking of church and state were one and the same: wealth given of God. Alford Burt’s music will also be featured. This American composer, a Second World War Veteran, translated the ageless message of seasonal transitions to modern romantic jazz – a meter of harmony and companionship. Christmas Carols by British composer, John Rutter will also be performed. Rutter’s music carries a strong sense of American jazz –a binding dissidence that is heard in the compositions of Duke Ellington and Sarah Vaughn. Under the direction of Linda Blanchard, accompanied by pianist Sean Fleming, the chorus will perform a beautiful program of music, rooted in history and traditional praise. Soloist, Soprano: Nina Tilander, Alto: Sue Hunt, Tenor: David Myers, Jr. and Bass: John David Adams. Instrumentalists include Dina Liva & Carol Preston, Violin; Linda Theriault, Viola; Christina Chute, Cello; and Quinn Gormley, Percussion. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15, or in advance, for $12, from Treats in Wiscasset, Sherman’s Book Store in Boothbay Harbor, or Maine Coast Book Shop, Damariscotta.
09/16/14 - 11/16/14 Wiscasset, ME First Congregational Church Wiscasset UCC United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 28 High St, Wiscasset, ME 04578. Venue phone: (207) 882-7544. Sheepscot Valley Chorus Welcomes New Singers The Sheepscot Valley Chorus begins their 34th season when rehearsals commence Tuesday, September 9th, 7:00-9:00 at the Wiscasset Congregational Church on Route 1. With a long history of community music making, the Chorus welcomes and encourages new singers to join us. Singers wishing to participate may call director Linda Blanchard at 207-380-2768, or simply come to the first rehearsal, voice at the ready. Our major works this fall are the beautiful and lively Magnificats (Song of Mary) of baroque composer Francesco Durante and classical composer Franz Schubert. The Durante has been attributed erroneously to Pergolesi (who was Durante’s student), so music lovers may be familiar with the work under Pergolesi’s name. Singers will enjoy working on these works together, as the differences between the baroque and classical settings are quite striking, with much variety. Both pieces will be accompanied by a professional orchestra and feature professional soloists. The second half of the program will include a mixture of classical works and lighter holiday fare. Sheepscot Valley Chorus is directed by Linda Blanchard and accompanied by Sean Fleming, both of Damariscotta. The Chorus will perform their concert Sunday, December 7th at 3:00 p.m., as part of the Harbor Lights Festival in Boothbay Harbor. Please join us!
04/27/14 Newcastle Second Congregational Church United States
Time: 3:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 51 Main Street, Newcastle, Maine 04553. Venue phone: (207) 563-3379. The Sheepscot Chorus, under the direction of Linda Blanchard and accompanied by Sean Fleming, presents Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, at the Second Congregational Church of Newcastle, on April 26 at 7:30 and April 27 at 3:00. The Requiem will feature bass-baritone John David Adams. Immerse yourself in the beautiful, serene, profound and moving Fauré Requiem. This transcendent and ethereal requiem has been described as a “lullaby” for the departed and is one of the great enduring masterworks of French repertoire. Shorter works will also be featured on the program, including several selections from Victor Herbert’s “The Fortune Teller”, Eric Whitacre’s “Animal Crackers Vol. I”, and “It’s A Grand Night For Singing” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “State Fair”. Finally, recipients of the Sheepscot Chorus annual scholarship will be featured. Related post. More information
04/26/14 Newcastle Second Congregational Church United States
Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 51 Main Street, Newcastle, Maine 04553. Venue phone: (207) 563-3379. The Sheepscot Chorus, under the direction of Linda Blanchard and accompanied by Sean Fleming, presents Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, at the Second Congregational Church of Newcastle, on April 26 at 7:30 and April 27 at 3:00. The Requiem will feature bass-baritone John David Adams. Immerse yourself in the beautiful, serene, profound and moving Fauré Requiem. This transcendent and ethereal requiem has been described as a “lullaby” for the departed and is one of the great enduring masterworks of French repertoire. Shorter works will also be featured on the program, including several selections from Victor Herbert’s “The Fortune Teller”, Eric Whitacre’s “Animal Crackers Vol. I”, and “It’s A Grand Night For Singing” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “State Fair”. Finally, recipients of the Sheepscot Chorus annual scholarship will be featured. Related post. More information
12/07/13 Boothbay Harbor, Maine Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor United States
Time: 3:30pm. Admission: $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 125 Townsend Ave. Venue phone: (207) 633-4757. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Soloists and Orchestra Highlight Sheepscot Christmas Concert Contact: Linda Blanchard 207-380-2768 lindamaine@mac.com Sheepscot Valley Chorus performs their Christmas concert Saturday, December 7, 3:30 p.m., at Boothbay Harbor Congregational Church. Featured on the program is the lovely Christmas Oratorio of Camille Saint-Saëns, sung in English with a professional orchestra of strings, harp and organ. Soprano Nina Tilander and baritone John David Adams, soloists in last season’s Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, are joined by mezzo-soprano Andrea Graichen, tenor Timothy Neill Johnson, and alto Jamie Knobloch for this special performance. French composer and organist Camille Saint-Saëns is best known for The Carnival of the Animals, Danse macabre, and his opera, Samson and Delilah. A child prodigy like Mozart, Saint-Saëns wrote the Christmas Oratorio at 23 years of age in 1858, completing it just ten days before its Christmas debut in Paris. The work’s intimate, lyrical setting of the Christmas story has made it an audience favorite. Soloists and orchestra also will join the Chorus for traditional carols and beloved Christmas works such as O Holy Night, Patapan, Stille Nacht (Silent Night), Holst’s Christmas Day, and I’ll Be Home for Christmas. Sheepscot Chorus is lead by director Linda Blanchard and accompanist Sean Fleming, both of Damariscotta. Advance tickets may be purchased at Maine Coast Book Shop, Sherman’s Books, and Treats. Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 in advance, and free to students. For more information, please visit our website at sheepscotvalleychorus.org.
12/02/12 Boothbay Harbor, Maine Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor United States
Time: 3:00pm. Box office: 207-380-2769. Address: 125 Townsend Ave. Venue phone: (207) 633-4757. The Sheepscot Chorus presents a program of Christmas selections, directed by Linda Blanchard, and accompanied by Sean Fleming, piano and organ.
04/01/12 Newcastle Second Congregational Church United States
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: $12. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 51 Main Street, Newcastle, Maine 04553. Venue phone: (207) 563-3379. Sheepscot Valley Chorus spring concert, conducted by Linda Blanchard and accompanied by Sean Fleming.
03/31/12 Newcastle Second Congregational Church United States
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: $12. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 51 Main Street, Newcastle, Maine 04553. Venue phone: (207) 563-3379. Sheepscot Valley Chorus spring concert, conducted by Linda Blanchard and accompanied by Sean Fleming.
12/04/11 Boothbay Harbor, Maine Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor United States
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: $12. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 125 Townsend Ave. Venue phone: (207) 633-4757. Sheepscot Valley Chorus, conducted by Linda Blanchard and accompanied by Sean Fleming, presents their Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 4th, 3:00 p.m., at Boothbay Harbor Congregational Church. The program includes Rutter’s Gloria, accompanied by a brass choir, as well as traditional carols from France and England, music of Gabrieli, and a carol sing-along with brass and organ.
04/10/11 Newcastle Second Congregational Church United States
Time: 3:00pm. Address: 51 Main Street, Newcastle, Maine 04553. Venue phone: (207) 563-3379. Sheepscot Valley Chorus spring concert.
04/09/11 Newcastle Second Congregational Church United States
Time: 3:00am. Address: 51 Main Street, Newcastle, Maine 04553. Venue phone: (207) 563-3379. Sheepscot Valley Chorus spring concert. Related post.
12/05/10 Boothbay Harbor, Maine Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor United States
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: $12. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 125 Townsend Ave. Venue phone: (207) 633-4757. Sheepscot Valley Chorus Christmas concert.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008
Conductor — Linda Blanchard
Accompanist — Sean FlemingFeatured Work: “An Appalachian Nativity”
Lewis Henry Horton — 1955
Other Works:
“Advent”
Supply Belcher (1751-1836)
“Sleigh Ride”
Leroy Anderson, arr: Hawley Ades
Three carols by Alfred Burt (1920-1954)
“O Hearken Ye”
“The Star Carol”
“Caroling, Caroling”
“I Wonder As I Wander”
John Jacob Niles (1892-1980)
arr. John Rutter
“Go Tell It on the Mountain”
Traditional arr., Howard Helvey
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
Kim Gannon & Walter Kent, arr. G. L. Leaman
“Jungle Bells”
J. Pierpont (1822-93), arr. David Willcocks
March 24 -25, 2007
Conductor: Linda Blanchard
Accompanist: Sean FlemingFeatured Work:  World Premiere of “I Am Singing.”
on a Text by Bristol Poet George V. Van Deventer
by English Composer Terence DeadmanOther Works:  Set Me as a Seal, R. Nance
Set Me as a Seal, E. Daley
Till there was you
Nigra Sum, Sed Fomosa, Palestrina
Nigra Sum, Sed Fomosa, Casals
Clair de Lune
Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One, H. Willan
Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One, J. Mccray
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December 5, 2004
Conductor: Linda Blanchard
Accompanist: Sean FlemingFeatured Works:  John Rutter’s “Gloria”: and Giovanni Gabrieli’s “Gloria”Other Works:
Entrata Festiva, Let All Mortal Flesh, Shepherds’ ‘Farewell to the Holy Family, Carol of the Bells, Deck the Halls, We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

December 6, 1998
Conductor: Linda Blanchard, Accompanist: Sean FlemingFeatured work: Rafe Vaughan Williams’ “Hodie”Other Works Performed:  A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas, Sans Day Carol, Myn Lyking, Infant Holy Infant Lowly, Wassail Carol, A Merry Christmas, Count Your Blessings, White Christmas, Happy Holiday.

 


A Short List of Past Performances

October 4, 1992

Conductor: Jeanne Daniels
Accompanist: Genie O’Connell
Featured Work:  Johannes Brahms’ “A German Requiem”April 1, 1990
Conductor: Jeanne Daniels
Accompanist: Ann Wight
Featured Work:  Selections from “Messiah”April 12, 1987
Conductor: Albert  Packard
Accompanist: Paul Havenstein
Featured Works: Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem,” and Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria”

June 3, 1984
Conductor: Albert Packard
Orchestra Director: Dennis Harrington
Accompanist: Ann Wight
Featured Work: Selections from “Oliver”

December 11, 1981
Conductor: Albert Packard
Orchestra Director: Richard Tarr
Accompanists: Jim  Colby & Polly Steele
Featured Work: Franz Schubert Mass in G Major

May 18, 1980
Conductor: Jim Thibodeau
Orchestra Director: Richard Tarr
Accompanist: Nancy Tarr
Featured Piece: Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria”