Emily Isaacson, Music Director
The Chorale has concluded its 2016–17 season consisting of five full concert programs, featuring the full Chorale, the Chorale Chamber Choir, and our women’s chorus, Sweetest in the Gale (SinG). The Oratorio Chorale also joined the Portland Symphony Orchestra and ChoralArt in performances of Brahms’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
During June, the Chorale participates in the Portland Bach Festival as choir-in-residence. The Chamber Choir will perform Bach Cantata 147, “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben,” the Bach motet “Jesu, meine Freude,” and selections from Heinrich Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien. The Chorale also co-hosts a Cantata Sing-Along, held Wed., June 21, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Falmouth. For further information about PBF programming, please see portlandbachfestival.org.
The chorale hosts summer workshops open to all singers, beginning June 13 and ending August 9. Courses taught by Choral Director Emily Isaacson, Chorale artist in residence Mary Sullivan, and accompanist/educator Scott Wheatley are offered in sight-singing, vocal technique, and music history.
Baroque Beauties April 8 and 9, 2017
Claudio Monteverdi • Giovanni Pergolesi • Tomás Luis de Victoria • Barbara Strozzi • Caterina Assandra
Sweetest in the Gale
with Mary Sulllivan, soprano, and Jenna Guiggey, alto,
with Mary Jo Carlsen and Michael Albert, violins,
Jon Poupore, viola, Ben Noyes, cello,
and Ray Cornils, organ/continuo
The Oratorio Chorale joined the Portland Symphony Orchestra and ChoralArt
in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
Sunday, April 23, 2:30 p.m., and Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, Portland
Bach + February 25 and 26, 2017
Johann Sebastian Bach’s Jesu Meine Freude,
and Heinrich Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien
Oratorio Chorale Chamber Singers in collaboration with St. Mary Schola
Bruce Fithian, continuo, Philip Carlsen, cello, Timothy Burris, lute