2015–16 Season: Celebrating Home
Emily Isaacson, Music Director

The Chorale’s 2015–16 season, “Celebrating Home,” includes five concert programs, with thirteen performances. The season pays tribute to exceptional musicians from Maine alongside nationally recognized soloists. (For further information on individual programs, please see Concerts. For additional information on ticket prices and online ticket purchasing, please see Ticket Information and Online Tickets.)

Three performances:
* Sat., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland
** Sun., Nov. 22, 3:00 p.m. AND 6:00 p.m., Seventh-day Adventist Church, Brunswick.
This concert explores the works of wunderkind prodigies Purcell, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Chopin and celebrates Maine virtuoso pianist Christopher Staknys in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor. With the Maine Chamber Ensemble.

Sing We Noël
December 18 and 19
at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick; our very popular annual holiday program with brass quintet, organ, and audience carol sing-along.

Dvořák’s Mass in D and Bright Mass with Canons by Nico Muhly
March 5 and 6 in Brunswick and Portland: organist Ray Cornils  joins us in Dvořák’s Mass in D and an acclaimed Mass by Nico Muhly, an outstanding young composer whose work includes commissions from Carnegie Hall, the Tallis Scholars, and the Metropolitan Opera. Soloists are Deborah Selig, soprano, Margaret Lias, alto, Greg Zavracky, tenor, and John D. Adams, bass.

“To Sing as Angels from Above”
April 2 and 3 in Brunswick and Falmouth: Sweetest in the Gale, the Oratorio Chorale’s new women’s chorus, in a vocal survey of works by women composers from 12th-century Hildegard von Bingen to 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.

Verdi Requiem
May 14 and 15 in Lewiston and Topsham: Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, with the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, the Oratorio Chorale, and Vox Nova, plus soloists Rachele Schmiege, Rebecca Ringle, Kevin Ray, and Gustav Andreassen.

This work for chorus, large orchestra, and operatic soloists is rarely performed in Maine. Traversing the heights and depths of emotion, and requiring virtuosity from all the performers, it enacts a thrilling dramatic and spiritual journey.



 2016–2017 Sponsors

Season Underwriters:
Diversified Asset Planners and Penmor Lithographers
Season Concert Sponsor:
Androscoggin Bank
Concert Sponsors:
Bath Savings Institution
Brann & Isaacson
OceanView at Falmouth
H. M. Payson & Co.