Presenting the Oratorio Chorale 2018–2019 Season

Benjamin Britten A Ceremony of Carols
Sweetest in the Gale
with Mo Nichols, harp, and special guests Girl Singers of Maine

Saturday, April 27, 7:00 p.m., St. Mary’s Church, Falmouth
Sunday, April 28, 4:00 p.m., St. Paul’s Church, Brunswick
The angelic combination of women’s voices and harp sets poetry from 14th- to 16th-century England to retell the story of Jesus’s birth and describe the rebirth of spring.

What Binds Us Together: The Binding of Isaac Story in Music
Thursday, May 2, 7:00 p.m., Temple Beth-El, Portland
Saturday, May 4, 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, Brunswick
Music by Britten, Carissimi, Howard Frazin, and Aharon Harlap. More information here.

Tickets for all concerts are available through Brown Paper Tickets and at the door at concerts. (See Ticket Information for details.)

Chorale Cabaret
June 8, 7:00 p.m., Midcoast Presbyterian Church, Topsham
An almost-annual Chorale event showcases the varied talents of members, who perform music of many eras in many styles, both vocal and instrumental. Tickets are not required. Optional donations support the Chorale’s Carolyn Johnson Fund, which helps to fund member scholarships and Chorale outreach programs.


Claudio Monteverdi Vespers of 1610: November 10–11 in Portland and Brunswick
For more information, see Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. For a concert review, see Oratorio Chorale: Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, Wiscasset Newspaper. 

Sing We Noël
The Chorale’s traditional celebration of the season, with sing-along carols, seasonal music, inspiring performances, and homemade cookies and snacks and hot cocoa following the concerts. With Bruce Fithian, organ, and Mo Nichols, harp
At St. Paul’s Church, Brunswick: December 14–15
At St. Mary’s Church, Falmouth: December 21

Gioachino Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
Saturday, March 2, 7:00 p.m., Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland
Sunday, March
 3, 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, Brunswick
Featuring counter-tenor Reginald Mobley, soprano Deborah Selig, tenor Matt Anderson, and baritone Paul Max Tipton in Rossini’s arrangement for two pianos and harmonium. With Scott Wheatley, Tina Davis, and Ray Cornils.