Joyful noise from sacred works
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Blanche Moyse Chorale
Blanche Moyse Chorale
BRATTLEBORO- In mid-April, the Blanche Moyse Chorale will make a joyful noise with performances of sacred works by the German composers Heinrich Schütz and Felix Mendelssohn. The concert will be performed twice, at 8 pm on Friday, April 11, at the Immanuel Episcopal Church in Bellows Falls, and at 3 pm on Sunday, April 13, at Centre Congregational Church.

Under the direction of Mary Westbrook-Geha, the chorale will treat its audience to a rich selection of a cappella works by Schütz , from the heart of the Baroque period, and by Mendelssohn, from the heart of the Romantic period. The selected texts used by both composers are similar, either psalms or shorter biblical excerpts, but their musical settings are strikingly different. The contrast between their dynamic, harmonic, and polyphonic treatment opens a fascinating window into the cultural evolution that took place over the two centuries between the composers’ births. The concert’s title, “Make a Joyful Noise,” is derived from the text of Psalm 100, which appears twice in the program, in contrasting musical interpretations.

Concert tickets purchased in advance are $18 for general seating or $35 for preferred seating, and may be obtained from the Brattleboro Music Center at (802) 257-4523, online at or, or from any chorale member. Tickets purchased at the door are $20 for general seating or $40 for preferred seating. All student tickets are $10. Both venues are handicapped-accessible.

Performances are sponsored by Vermont Public Radio. For more information call (802) 257-4523 or visit

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