2016–17 Season Preview
Emily Isaacson, Music Director

The Chorale’s 2016–17 season will include five full concert programs, featuring the full Chorale, a smaller group of Chorale Chamber Singers, and our women’s chorus, Sweetest in the Gale (SinG). In addition, the Oratorio Chorale will join the Portland Symphony Orchestra and the Choral Art Society in performances of Brahms’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. For further information, see 2016–2017 Season Programs.

Verdi Messa da Requiem
May 14, 7:30 p.m., The Franco Center, Lewiston
Sunday, May 15, 2:30 p.m., Orion Performing Arts Center, Topsham
Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, with the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, the Oratorio Chorale, and Vox Nova Chamber Choir, plus soloists Rachele Schmiege, Rebecca Ringle, Kevin Ray, and Gustav Andreassen.

Capacity crowds at the Franco Center and Orion Performing Arts Center applauded both performances of Verdi’s Requiem by the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, Oratorio Chorale, and Vox Nova Chamber Choir with standing ovations. Read more here:

Allan Kozinn, Portland Press Herald review: Joining forces with the Vox Nova Chamber Choir, the Oratorio Chorale, and a balanced quartet of vocal soloists, Smith assembled an ensemble of about 160 players and singers for performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s spectacularly operatic Messa da Requiem . . . 

Christopher Hyde, Maine Classical Beat review: Producing Verdi’s “Requiem” is always a major undertaking, but the Midcoast Symphony under Rohan Smith, the Oratorio Chorale, Vox Nova, and a fine cast of soloists carried it off in great style Saturday night at the Franco Center in Lewiston.


Coming in July: Our third season of Summer Workshops for singers! For more information, see Summer Workshops 2016.



 2015–2016 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.