Oratorio Chorale

2014–15 Concert Season

Chorale’s 2014-2015 Season Blends Traditional and Contemporary Music

The music of the Oratorio Chorale’s 2014-2015 season is a blend of traditional and contemporary, with beloved compositions by Mozart and Bach, a celebration of the winter holidays, a recital of German songs, and a dramatic finish for the year with “Bang,” music for voice and percussion, all under the baton of Emily Isaacson, music director.

On the weekend of November 22 and 23 a gathering of musical groups brought the Mozart Requiem to Studzinski Recital Hall at Bowdoin College for three exciting performances. The Chorale was joined by the Bowdoin Chorus, Mozart Mentors Orchestra, and members of the Bowdoin Orchestra, the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, and the Maine Chamber Ensemble, as well as soloists from the GRAMMY award-winning ensemble “Roomful of Teeth.”

“Sing We Noel”  initiated a new tradition for the Oratorio Chorale, with a holiday concert Saturday, December 20, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brunswick. Seasonal music for “Sing We Noel” was accompanied by organist John Corrie and a brass quintet, with a cocoa-and-cookies reception following. We welcomed families with children of all ages.

In Night of Beauty, Night of Song, the Chorale hosted a “Recital of German Lieder” by artist-in-residence Mary Sullivan, with Boston-based Scott Nicholas at the piano. The recital took place Saturday, January 17, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick. Featured selections included music by Schumann, Brahms, and Richard Strauss.

On Saturday, February 28, and Sunday, March 1, the Chorale celebrated Johann Sebastian Bach’s 330th birthday with “Magnificat”: The Best of Bach,” including the Magnificat, the choral motet Lobet den Herrn, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, and more. The Maine Chamber Ensemble accompanied the Chorale and soloists from Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society. Bach’s celebration took place on Saturday, february 28, at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Portland and on Sunday, March 1, at St. John the Baptist Church, Brunswick.

The season finished with “Bang! Music for Choir and Percussion,” a blending of drums and voice through works by Dominick Argento, Peter Klatzow, Timothy Takach, and other contemporary composers. Percussionists Nate Tucker and Jonathan Hess accompanied the Chorale and also performed solo works for percussion. Performances took place Friday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland, and Saturday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Brunswick.