Announcing our 2014–2015 Season

Emily Isaacson, Music Director

Mozart Requiem

Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23, 2014
Nov. 22:  3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 23: 6:00 p.m.
All performances at Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College

Oratorio Chorale  •  Bowdoin Chorus  •  Mozart Mentors Orchestra
With members of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and Midcoast Symphony Orchestra
and soloists Esteli Gomez, Virginia Warnken, Eric Dudley, and Dashon Burton,
members of the GRAMMY award-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth

With an additional concert by Roomful of Teeth Sunday, November 16

Tickets for the Mozart concerts are free of charge but must be obtained in advance and will be available in mid-October at the Bowdoin College Smith Union Information Desk, by e-mail at tickets@oratoriochorale.org, or by phone from Carrie Strasburger at 577-3931.


Sing We Noël

Saturday, December 20, 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brunswick

The first annual Oratorio Chorale holiday concert with John Corrie, organist,  brass quintet, seasonal music, and cocoa-and-cookies reception.  Special family ticket pricing.


Night of Beauty, Night of Song:
A Recital of German Lieder

Mary Sullivan, soprano, artist-in-residence with the Oratorio Chorale
Derek Herzer,
Saturday, January 17, 7:30 p.m.,
Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick

The Chorale will sponsor a recital of German song by artist-in-residence Mary Sullivan, with Chorale accompanist Derek Herzer at the piano. Featured selections include works by Schumann, Brahms, and Wolf; selections from Alban Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder (Seven Early Songs); and a complete performance of Richard Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), gorgeous melodies combined with drama and humor for a deeply moving program with emotional range and wide appeal.


Magnificat: the Best of Bach

Saturday, February 28, 7:30 p.m., St. Luke’s Cathedral, Portland
Sunday, March 1, 2:00 p.m., St. John’s Church, Brunswick

Celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach’s 330th birthday with us as we present some of his most exciting works including Magnificat, the choral motet Lobet den Herrn, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, the Double Violin Concerto and more.

With the Maine Chamber Ensemble and soloists Sonia Dutoit Tengblad, soprano, Emily Marvosh, alto, Stefan Reed, tenor, and Bradford Gleim, bass.


Bang! Music for Choir and Percussion

Friday, June 5, 7:30 p.m.,Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland
Saturday, June 6, 7:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, Brunswick


Join us as we explore the two most primitive musical sounds—the human voice and the drum— from a modern musical perspective with works by Dominick Argento, Peter Klatzow, and Timothy Takach as well as percussion solos.

Nate Tucker and Jonathan Hess, percussion


Read reviews of our June 2014 Brahms Requiem concert here!

Portland Press Herald Lifestyle posting June 9 by Christopher Hyde:
Oratorio Chorale delivers requiem with power and sweetness.
“ The performance of the requiem by the Oratorio Chorale, under the direction of Emily Isaacson  . . . was one of the most moving musical events of the decade . . . ”

And of “Shakespeare in Concert” here!

“Anyone who doubts the popularity of classical music should have tried to get a seat at the last of three concerts by the Oratorio Chorale at Bowdoin College Chapel on Sunday.” —Christopher Hyde

“. . . Performed to a packed house . . . with the sun streaming in through the high stained glass windows, it was possible to experience what audiences in Shakespeare’s day may have experienced—sans the smells and the animals and the colorful props and costuming—at the Globe Theatre.” —Gina Hamilton


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