Sheepscot and St. Cecilia join forces for virtual chorus
Are you a choral music fan and are wondering what to do this fall? Sheepscot Chorus and St. Cecilia Chamber Choir will be offering virtual sessions once a week (on Tuesdays or Wednesdays) starting the week of September 13. Under the leadership of Linda Blanchard and Sean Fleming, the sessions will include rehearsals, group vocal classes with renowned performers and teachers Mary Sullivan and John David Adams, music theory, and music history. Sessions may include advance rehearsals for an upcoming performance of the Verdi “Requiem.” Videos of the sessions will be available. Members will have the option of rehearsing several seasonal selections to present a short concert of audio compilations in December. To register now, go here.
If you are interested in singing with us and would like more information, just use our Contact Us form, and we’ll get in touch.
We look forward to hearing from you!
DATES AND TIMES OF SESSIONS
SeptemberTuesday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 PMTuesday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 PMTuesday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 PMOctoberWednesday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 PM (with special guest professional voice instructor and performer John David Adams, bass-baritone)Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 PM (with special guest professional voice instructor and performer Mary Sullivan, soprano)Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 PMWednesday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 PMNovemberTuesday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 PM (with special guest John David Adams)Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 PM (with special guest Mary Sullivan)Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 PMNO session scheduled on Thanksgiving weekDecemberWednesday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 PM (with special guest John David Adams)Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 PM (with special guest Mary Sullivan)Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 PM
- Good King Wenceslas – p. 34 (arr. Reginald Jacques)
- Coventry Carol – p. 83 (arr. Martin Shaw)
- Gloucestershire Wassail – p. 160 (arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams)
- All My Heart This Night Rejoices – p . 12 (Johann Georg Ebeling)
- Once in Royal David’s City – p. 148 (arr. David Willcocks)
- Personent Hodie – p. 160 (arr. Gustav Holst)
- The Truth from Above – p. 202 (arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams)
- Zion Hears the Watchmen’s Voices – p. 214 (J.S. Bach)
- Rehearsing together and in sections
- Vocal technique with Mary Sullivan and John David Adams
- Music theory applied to the repertoire we will be singing
- Music history
Arranged for Chorus and Band
The Paul Winter Missa Gaia (Earth Mass) was first performed in 1981 in the New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine and is a contemporary ecumenical celebration of the Earth. Interweaving lyrical melodies with African, Brazilian and American gospel traditions, it combines wolf and whale voices with those of the choir.
Sheepscot Valley Chorus begins its 41st season with April 24 and 25 performances of Paul Winter’s “Missa Gaia (Earth Mass): A Mass in Celebration of Mother Earth.” The Chorus’ performances of “Missa Gaia” celebrate the 51st anniversary of Earth Day. Written by Paul Winter in 1981, the work was dedicated to St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology. In “Missa Gaia” Winter created a work both ecumenical and ecological, embracing all the voices of the Earth. The piece will feature a children’s choir, African percussion, bass, cello, guitar, organ, piano, and soprano sax, along with animal calls.
The concerts will be on Saturday, April 24 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, April 25 at 3:00 PM at the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for students, and may be purchased in April at Sherman’s Bookstore in Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta, Treats in Wiscasset, and at the door. For more information, please visit facebook.com/sheepscotchorus and sheepscotvalleychorus.org.