Saturday, November 4, 7:00 p.m., Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland
Sunday, November 5, 3:00 p.m., St. John the Baptist Church, Brunswick
Beloved by audiences since its 1743 sold-out debut, Handel’s Messiah is a pillar of Western music – a masterpiece that must be experienced live. Join Oratorio Chorale, the Maine Chamber Ensemble and acclaimed soloists Elisabeth Marshall, soprano, Laura Atkinson, mezzo, Matthew Anderson, tenor, and David Tinervia, bass, and experience Messiah this season.
Ticket prices: Advance $25 adults, $12.5o students. Door tickets: $30 adults, $15 students. Children under 12 free with ticketed adult, but tickets required for seating. Also available with season ticket package ($50 adults, $25 students).
Sing We Noël
Friday, December 15, 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 16, 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
All performances at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brunswick
Experience what has become a midcoast tradition with this family-friendly concert that includes sing-along Christmas carols, seasonal music, inspiring performance, and homemade cookies and hot chocolate.
Ticket prices: $15 adults, $5 under 18.
Fauré Requiem and Robert Kyr’s Cloud of Unknowing
Saturday, February 3, 7:00 p.m., Woodfords Congregatonal Church, Portland
Sunday, February 4, 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brunswick
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Fauré’s Requiem, a reflection on faith in eternal rest, is a masterpiece cherished by audiences for its meditative mood. Oratorio Chorale features this work alongside American composer Robert Kyr’s The Cloud of Unknowing, a two-part cycle in which Kyr “directs [his] attention toward creation rather than destruction, toward unity rather than separation, and toward love rather than anything less inclusive.”
Then Is Now
Sweetest in the Gale
April 21, 7:00 p.m., St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Falmouth
April 22, 4:00 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brunswick
“Then Is Now” explores how living composers have engaged traditional, folk, or historical music and translated it to a modern voice. Included in this stunning concert are the premiere of Baltic Trees, an Oratorio Chorale commission by Scott Ordway, called “an American response to Sibelius” by the Boston Globe, and the second-ever performance of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw’s Its Motion Keeps.
Meditation through Music
Friday, May 11, 7:00 p.m., in conjunction with the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, Portland
Saturday, May 12, 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brunswick
In “Meditation through Music,” Oratorio Chorale uses the transporting powers of song to clear the mind and bring awareness of the beauty of now. Concerts feature the music of Bach, Byrd, Purcell, and Rachmaninoff as well as Stephen Paulus, Eric Whitacre, and Sarah Hopkins.
Members of the Chorale host their Cabaret, a tradition begun in 2001. Join us for varied, lively entertainment June 3. Location to be determined.
Open to the public free of charge; suggested donation $10 supports the Chorale’s Carolyn Johnson Fund for outreach and member scholarships.