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Performances in the 2002-2003
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August 9 and 10, 2002. Mohawk
Trail Concerts presents Archguitar
Duo (Peter Blanchette & Jean Chaine) with guest Peter Shea, tenor.
Vocal works include songs by John Dowland, Thomas Campion, Stephen Foster,
Alfred Heller, and Peter Blanchette's newly composed Grand Coulee Powder
Monkey. Fri, Aug. 9, 8 p.m., Hills Chapel, Northampton MA; Sat, Aug.
10, 8 p.m., Federated Church, Charlmont MA
September 28 and 29, 2002. Soloist with Windham
Chamber Orchestra in an all-English program, including the song cycle
us garlands bring by Gerald Finzi, texts by Shakespeare, and excerpts
from the oratorio Jephtha by Georg Frideric Handel. Sept. 28, 8
p.m., International Center, S.I.T./World Learning, Brattleboro, VT; Sept.
29, 4 p.m., Immanuel Episcopal Church, Bellows Falls, VT.
October 4, 2002. Tenor soloist with Paramita Ensemble in
world premieres of John Cooper's Requiem (in memory of the victims
of 9/11), Peace Cantata, and Ah! Sunflower. Oct. 4,
7:30 p.m., South Congregational Church, on Fiddler's Green, 1066 South
East St., Amherst, MA
October 12, 2002. Cantabile,
the classical vocal octet (in which I sing bass), will be joined by pianist
Gregory Hayes and Doris Abramson, professor emeritus of theater at UMass
Amherst, in a program of music based on the poems of Emily Dickinson interspersed
with Abramson's readings of Dickinson's poems and letters, as part of the
8th biennial Emily Dickinson World Weekend sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist
Society of Amherst. Choral works by Elliott Carter, Samuel Barber, Emma
Lou Diemer and Robert Muczynski, as well as solo songs and duets; my solo
contributions will be three songs by Robert Baksa, and two duets by Betty
Roe, with Kayla Werlin, mezzo-soprano. Oct. 12, 8 p.m., First Congregational
Church, 165 Main St., Amherst MA
December 1, 7, 8 and 15, 2002. The professional chorus Novi
Cantori (in which I sing baritone) will present its annual programs of
Christmas music. Alan Taylor, director.
Dec. 1, 4 p.m., St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Springfield, MA
Dec 7, 4 p.m., Family Carol Festival, First Congregational Church,
Dec 8, 4 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, Worcester, MA
Dec 15, 1 p.m., Old Meeting House, Granville, MA.
December 20, 21 and 22, 2002. Tenor soloist (Evangelist)
in J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Parts I, II and VI. Arcadia Players
Baroque Orchestra and Chorus, Margaret Irwin-Brandon, director. Click
here for details
January 11 and 12, 2003. Tenor soloist in a program
of Magnificats by Charpentier, J. Pachelbel and C.T. Pachelbel, and cantatas
by Buxtehude, with Brattleboro Community
Chorus, Susan Klein Dedell, director.
January 26, 2003. Tenor soloist in concert Remembering
Dido (music by Purcell and Berlioz, among others) with Da Camera Singers,
Gregory Hayes, conductor. St. John's Episcopal Church, Rt. 9, Northampton,
MA. 4 p.m.
February 7, 2003. The vocal octet Cantabile
will sing Italian and Spanish Renaissance love songs at the Amherst Club's
annual "Love Notes" concert, Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College, Amherst
MA. 8 p.m.
February 14, 2003. For Valentine's Day -- The Love Story
of the Beautiful Magelone and Count Peter of Provence, a medieval tale
retold by Romantic poet Ludwig Tieck, set to music by Johannes Brahms (Romanzen
aus L. Tiecks Magelone). Sudie Marcuse-Blatz, soprano ; Peter W. Shea,
tenor; Janet St. Jean, piano; narration in English by Vivienne Carey. Feb.
14, 8 p.m., South Congregational Church, on Fiddler's Green, 1066 South
East St., Amherst, MA. This concert may be repeated at other venues in
the Hudson Valley and/or New York City with soprano Danielle
Listen to excerpts from this concert
March 9, 2003. Soloist in excerpts from Mozart's Le Nozze
Di Figaro, and three a capella choral works in Hebrew by Salomon
Rossi, at Commonwealth Opera
Guild Concert, 3:00 p.m., Temple Beth El, 979 Dickinson St., Springfield
MA. Richard R. Rescia, Artistic Director and Chorus Master ; Adrian
Sunshine, Assistant Artistic Director and Conductor. Guild members FREE
Admission, non-members $15.00.
March 23, 2003. Novi Cantori sings English cathedral music
with organ at the dedication of the new pipe organ, Alan Taylor, director.
3:00 p.m. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 335 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow,
April 6, 2003. Songs to Remember, a concert tribute
to Polish tenor Jan Kiepura, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of
the birth of the internationally acclaimed vocalist. With soprano Dianne
Smith and pianist Nadine Shank. A program of light classics featuring songs
and duets from operas and operettas, and songs by Polish composers.
3: 00 p.m., Pratt Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley MA. Presented
by The Kosciuszko Foundation, New England Chapter. Tickets $12 at door,
$10 in advance, reservations: (413) 283-8032 or 532-1546.
April 15, 2003. Recital program The Librarian's
Muse: Songs and Poems by Librarians and Lexicographers, with
pianist Janet St. Jean, for Spring meeting of the Pioneer Valley
Association of Academic Librarians. 7:30 p.m., Townhouses Conference Room,
Springfield College, Alden St., Springfield MA. reception at 5:30, dinner
and PVAAL business meeting at 6:30. Dinner and reception $20.00.
April 18, 2003. Soloist and chorister in music for
Good Friday presented by Singers' Project, Beth Hart, director. The
Seven Last Words by Heinrich Schütz, selections from Buxtehude's
Jesu nostri, and Jesu, meines Lebens Leben. 5:30 p.m. Grace
Episcopal Church, Boltwood Ave., on the Common, Amherst, MA
April 19, 2003. Soloist in Easter Vigil service, 8
p.m., St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Putney Rd., Brattleboro, VT.
May 4, 9 and 11, 2003. Novi Cantori's 25th Anniversary concerts,
Haydn's Grosse Orgelsolo Messe (Great organ solo mass), Ian Watson,
organist, and greatest a capella hits from the last 25 years. Alan Taylor,
director. May 4, 4:00, First Congregational Church, West Springfield, MA
; May 9, 7:30, First Church of Christ, Suffield, CT ; May 11, 4:00, Sts.
Peter & Paul, Three Rivers, MA.
May 18, 2003. Tenor soloist in Mozart's Requiem with
Camerata, Sheila Schonbrunn, director, Nyack, NY.
June 7, 2003. Tenor soloist and chorister in Bach's Cantata
214, Tönet, Ihr Pauken, and in selections from Cantabile's
upcoming concert series, at Arcadia Players' last Brandon-burgers
concert, Haydenville Congregational Church, Rt. 9, Haydenville, MA. June
7, 4:00 p.m.
June 8, 2003. Tenor soloist and chorister in Mendelssohn's
Choral Society, 3:00 p.m., Northampton MA, Alan Taylor, director.
June 14, 2003. Novi Cantori sings Haydn's Grosse
Orgelmesse at St. Paul's Cathedral, Worcester, MA, 7:30 p.m., with
June 20, 21, 22 and 29, 2003. The vocal octet Cantabile presents
a program entitled: Love, shipwrecks and the Virgin Mary: vocal music
of the Spanish Renaissance. See Cantabile's
webpage for details.
July 11 and 12, 2003. Cantabile
sings excerpts from Handel's L'Allegro, il Pensieroso ed il Moderato,
an instrumental ensemble under the direction of Gregory Hayes, in a program
called The Magnificent Mr. Handel, presented by Mohawk
Trail Concerts. July 11 and 12, 8 p.m., Federated Church, Rt. 2, Charlemont,