Messiah! Dec 6, 3pm at 1st Church Unitarian, Littleton

507f834d64df52c7aa1be08fca94a692 Okay, we may not dress up on Sunday, but we will sing the glorious Messiah – not only the Christmas portion but also much of the amazing Part II (it’s all about those sheep, those sheep). Come and sing “He trusted in God,” the Hallelujah Chorus and the fabulous “Worthy is the Lamb” with the able singers of the Nashoba Valley Chorale.

Here’s a little history, from the Smithsonian magazine (2009):

George Frideric Handel’s Messiah was originally an Easter offering. It burst onto the stage of Musick Hall in Dublin on April 13, 1742. The audience swelled to a record 700, as ladies had heeded pleas by management to wear dresses “without Hoops” in order to make “Room for more company.” Handel’s superstar status was not the only draw; many also came to glimpse the contralto, Susannah Cibber, then embroiled in a scandalous divorce.

The men and women in attendance sat mesmerized from the moment the tenor followed the mournful string overture with his piercing opening line: “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.” Soloists alternated with wave upon wave of chorus, until, near the midway point, Cibber intoned: “He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” So moved was the Rev. Patrick Delany that he leapt to his feet and cried out: “Woman, for this be all thy sins forgiven thee!”
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Meet Our Mozart Soloists


It will be a thrill on January 16, 2016 to hear our long-time collaborative pianist, Shawn McCann, play the sublimely beautiful Piano Concerto No. 25 by Mozart. Shawn received his Bachelor of Music degrees in Piano Performance and in Music Theory / Composition from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell where he studied under Inge Lindblad and Juanita Tsu. He is adept at playing in many styles – classical to rock, to jazz, etc., and he is also an organist. Shawn is the Director of Music at the First Parish Church of Groton, an active accompanist for Indian Hill Music School, and an integral part of the Nashoba Valley Chorale.


We are so fortunate to have wonderful vocal soloists perform in our concerts. Two of our faithful and supremely musical artists are Deborah Selig and her husband, Gregory Zavracky. We first worked with Greg in 2009, when he was our tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Deborah joined us in 2011 for Haydn’s Creation, and since then we have loved performing with both of them, singing Bach, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Orff. On January 16, 2016, they will be two of the four soloists in Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor. The solos Deborah will sing in that work are the ones that Mozart composed for his wife Constanze. We are looking forward to working with Deborah and Gregory again!


Our other soloists in January will be Donna Breitzer, singing the wide-ranging mezzo-soprano part in the Mozart, and Jorgeandres Camargo, bass. Originally from Saratoga, CA, Donna received BMus/BA degrees in Voice Performance and English from the University of Michigan, and holds a Master of Music degree in Voice from the New England Conservatory, so this is a bit of a homecoming. She maintains a private voice studio in New York City and is the co-founder and Executive Director of Five Boroughs Music Festival, a chamber music presenting organization in NYC. She currently resides in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn with her husband, Cantor Joshua Breitzer, and their sons Jonah and Gideon.


Jorgeandres Camargo is an exciting young performer. A member of the BU Opera Institute, he has sung Leperello in Don Giovanni, Roy Cohn in Angels in America and Pandolph in Massanet’s Cendrillon, and several other roles. He will sing Don Alfonso in this spring’s production of Cosí fan Tutte. Jac is a native of Houston, Texas; he received a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music and an M.M. from Boston University. He is continuing his work with Dr. Jerrold Pope while in his second year with the Boston University Opera Institute. Jac has also worked as a bass soloist with Anne Watson Born at the First Unitarian Society in Newton for several years.



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