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Rehearsals start September 5!

From Carey: We are 3 weeks away from our first rehearsal of the 2017-2018 season and I could not be more excited for the music this year! For our December 9 concert in Sterling we will perform “Christmas Fantasy” – Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols with baritone and cello, Mid-Winter Songs by Morten Lauridsen with our fantastic accompanist, Susan Minor, and Edward Elgar’s stunning The Snow featuring violin duet. Lauridsen is a contemporary American composer with a distinct voice but his Mid-Winter Songs present a more nuanced setting of text by Robert Graves and the piano solo will leave you speechless. Both Vaughan Williams and Elgar are English composers of the turn of the 20th century bridging the 19th century Romantic style of rich chords and stunning harmony and 20th century British music that features clarity in music and the traditional “English Choral Music”. This is robust and exciting music that will launch us into the winter season! On May 13 we will present “Springtime in Vienna” featuring Schubert’s Mirjamsiegesgesang (we’ll sing in German but the title in English is Miriam’s Song of Triumph), Mozart Laudate Dominum from his Vespers and hopefully a little bit of Haydn! Please see recordings for all of the winter repertoire and a link to practice tracks for the RVW Fantasia on Christmas Carols below. We hope to see you at our first rehearsal on Tuesday, September 5 or in the audience in the winter. Best, Carey Shunskis Harvard pro Musica | Music Director RVW Fantasia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdxZhmylG-I practice tracks Elgar The Snow (SSA version but VERY good. It’s hard to find a... read more

Susan in Concert on Martha’s Vineyard

Hi all, For anyone who will be on Martha’s Vineyard next weekend and who misses Susan’s fabulous playing, you’re in luck! And I think many of us know Ray Bauwens as well. Looks like a great concert! Evening Under the Stars A Night of Broadway Duets Lori Ullman and Ray Bauwens, accompanied by Susan Minor Saturday, August 5, at 7:30PM Old Whaling Church 89 Main St., Edgartown,... read more

End-of-Year Potluck! And Meeting

Hi all, First, congratulations to us for a great concert last week — Many thanks to Carey, Susan, and all of you! Our annual potluck dinner and meeting — our Eat-n-Meet? — will be June 6, the Tuesday after the workshop, at 7:30 at Eleanor Toth’s house, 37 Flanagan Rd on Bolton. Here’s a food sign-up sheet. I hope to see you all then — and at the workshop on the 3rd!... read more

Concert Info

Hi all, We had two good rehearsals this week, and I hope everyone is psyched for tomorrow! Some reminders: Call is at 6:15 — that means ready to sing! Set up at 5:45, for those volunteered. Dress: black, long sleeves. Please don’t park right next to the church/town hall or in the Hildreth lot. There is parking at the Fellowship Hall. See you tomorrow —... read more

Rehearsal next Monday

Hi all, Just a reminder that we’re having a make-up rehearsal next Monday, April 10, at 7:30, at the First Church in Sterling (big thanks to Robin!) at 6 Meetinghouse Hill Road (in Sterling, that is). See you Monday!... read more