Concert&Events Calendar

ACDA members: If you’d like to add your concert to this listing, please send info/poster/picture to Jeff Rehbach, ACDA co-webmaster, at rehbach @ middlebury.edu

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CHORAL CONCERTS & EVENTS
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led by ACDA members

Here are concerts we know about!
Please send dates/locations as they become available (see address above).
Details about each concert will be provided once released.
Please send your concert listings to Jeff Rehbach!  rehbach [@] middlebury.edu

Solaris Vocal Ensemble
Spring Awakening
Dawn Willis, artistic director
The Burlington-based chamber choir will highlight exceptional choral works by renowned American composer Randall Thompson in these concerts. Thompson’s The Last Words of David, Alleluia and selections from Frostiana will be performed.
The guest artists are Mary Ann Samuels, hammered dulcimer, and Susan Reit, Celtic harp, joining Solaris on those instruments and on recorder, and will perform as a duo in works by Alborada and O’Carolan. Samuels and Reit are both members of Full Circle Recorders.
Claudio Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir In Timet Dominum; two haunting lyrical works, Elegy and Ballade to the Moon by Daniel Elder; and Norman Dello Joio’s vivacious A Jubilant Song round out the program.
Sat, April 8, 7:30 pm
White Meeting House (Congregational Church), Waterbury
Sat, April 9, 3:00 pm
College Street Congregational Church, Burlington
$20 adults; $15 seniors/students


Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble
Music for an April Afternoon
Nathaniel Lew, conductor
A part of the Monteverdi Music School’s annuarly fundraising faculty recital
Sunday, April 9, 3:00 pm
Unitarian Church of Montpelier
tickets at the door


Vermont Choral Union
Wings of Song: VCU’s 50th anniversary concert!
Jeff Rehbach, conductor
Vermont’s longest-established community-based a cappella choir celebrates fifty years of singing timeless music together, as its 36 singers from across the state take wing with soaring works from medieval times to the present. The centerpiece of the program features the world premiere of Songs of Gold, a dazzling choral suite commissioned by VCU and composed by award-winning Middlebury College graduate Christina Whitten Thomas ‘01.5, scored for eight-part chorus and flute, with texts by Vermont-based writer Abigail Carroll, 1950s Waterbury poet Jean Killary, and Middlebury author Jay Parini. The 90-minute program encompasses works that bring to life texts from church and theater traditions, romance and the natural world, crossing the centuries from the European and North American continents. Jeff Rehbach leads the ensemble with 18th-century psalm settings by historic Vermont figures Justin Morgan and Elisha West, and pieces by such noted composers as William Byrd, Heinrich Schütz, Johannes Brahms, Josef Rheinberger, Maurice Duruflé, Charles Villiers Stanford, Francis Poulenc, Samuel Barber, Will Todd, and Randall Thompson.
Friday, April 19, 7:30 pm
Robison Concert Hall, Mahaney Ctr for the Arts, Middlebury College
$12 general admission; $10 Midd College ID; $6 students
Sunday, April 21, 3:00 pm
Recital Hall, McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College
$15 adults; $10 seniors/students; $40 family
Saturday, April 29, 7:30 pm
Unitarian Church of Montpelier
$15 adults; $10 seniors/students; $40 family
For all concerts, tickets available at the door or in advance;
see details at
www.vtchoralunion.org or call Jeff at 802-989-7355


Middlebury Bach Festival Orchestra
and Middlebury College Choir

Jeffrey Buettner, conductor
Handel’s Esther with student, alumni and guest soloists
Saturday, April 29, 8:00 pm
Robison Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College
$12 adults, $10 college staff & faculty, students free with ID


Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble
Music at the Museum
Nathaniel Lew, conductor
Songs of Peace from Vermont and around the world, including favorites by Pete Seeger, sure to soothe the soul.
Saturday, May 13, 2:00 pm
Bennington Museum, 75 Main Street, Bennington
free admission


Workshop/Sing-along
“I Can’t Keep Quiet”
Lucy Allen Tenenbaum, conductor
Come learn the MILCK Anthem from the January 21, 2017 Women’s March
Saturday, May 13, 2-4 pm
Trinity Episcopal Church, 85 West Street, Rutland
Suggested $10 donation to benefit Rutland County Women’s Shelter & Network


Oriana Singers
In a Merry Mood: Celebrations by Handel and Bach

William Metcalfe, conductor
• Handel Vespers Psalm Dixit Dominus
• Bach Birthday Cantata # 214 for the Electress of Saxony, Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten!
• Handel Coronation Anthem III The King Shall Rejoice
All music is certified as “suitable for spring”, all wonderful exercises of interplay between counterpoint (Handel was regarded as a superb contrapuntalist, Bach was even better!) and free-flowing melodies. Dixit Dominus was written for Cardinal Ottoboni in Rome, and performed in the Cardinal’s household, since he wanted festive music but as it was Lent, music suitable for Italianate/operatic occasions was not allowed in churches. Handel’s style here is brilliantly Italianate. Bach’s Cantata was specially written for the birthday of the Electress of Saxony, but it contains some surprises which you will learn of at the concert. Finally, The King Shall Rejoice is one of the four baroque-trumpet-glazed Coronation Anthems written for George II’s ceremony in 1727. It is somehow both sophisticated and declamatory.
Sunday, May 21, 4:00 pm
St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington
Tickets $25, $10 for students available at FlynnTix


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