Oratorio Chorale

2012-2013 Concert Season


The Oratorio Chorale’s 39th season presented music from the 19th to the 21st century, from Franz Schubert’s Mass #6 in E Flat to Vineet Shende’s Pravasa, Travels of the Guitar, under the direction of Peter Frewen, who celebrated his 27th and final year with the Chorale.

November Concert

The fall program presented music of Schubert and Mozart in works that combine the physical color of sound with passionate expressionism. Featured were the Schubert Mass #6 in E flat, three motets by Mozart, and Eine kleine Nachtmusik. The Chorale performed with the Maine Chamber Ensemble, under the baton of director Peter Frewen. Solo roles in the Schubert were performed by members of the Chorale.

Performances took place Saturday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m., at Orion Performing Arts Center in Topsham, and Sunday, November 18, at 3:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Yarmouth.

March Concert

On March 9th and 10th the Oratorio Chorale presented Antonin Dvorak’s Mass in D, Ivor Davies’ Prayers from the Ark, Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and Randall Thompson’s Alleluia, in a program called “Rejoice.”

The Oratorio Chorale was accompanied by Ray Cornils, Municipal Organist for the City of Portland since 1990. Cornils serves as Minister of Music at the First Parish Church, UCC in Brunswick where he has built an extensive music program of five vocal and two handbell choirs.

Performances took place Saturday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Brunswick, and Sunday, March 10, at 3:00 p.m. at the Falmouth Congregational Church, Falmouth.  Soloists for this program were members of the Chorale.


May Concert: Chorus and Guitar

The Oratorio Chorale’s May concert presented the world premiere of Vineet Shende’s Pravasa: Travels of the Guitar, a work commissioned by the Chorale. Pravasa, music for guitar and choir, outlines the journey and history of the guitar and its ancestors.  Also featured on the program was Romancero Gitano (Seven Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca) for chorus and guitar. Composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco was among the twentieth century’s most prolific composers for guitar. Aaron Larget-Caplan, of Boston, was featured on the guitar.

Performances took place Saturday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, and Sunday, May 19, at 3:00 p.m. at Falmouth Congregational Church, Falmouth.

The composer and the Chorale previewed Pravasa as part of the Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival, organized by the Portland Conservatory of Music, Woodford Street, Portland. The preview featured a talk by composer Vineet Shende, Associate Professor of Music at Bowdoin College, with guitarist Larget-Caplan and members of the Chorale.