Under the direction of Mary Westbrook-Geha, this second annual Blanche Moyse Memorial Concert will delight its audience with performances of Cantata No.8, “Liebster Gott, wann werd’ ich sterben;” Cantata No.140, “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme;” and the “Magnificat.”
The chorale will be complemented by a vocal quartet and orchestra, both composed almost entirely of veterans of the former New England Bach Festival.
The Blanche Moyse Memorial Orchestra is a baroque ensemble consisting mostly of musicians who, over the years, have been selected by Moyse to participate in the New England Bach Festival (1969-2004). It features familiar names in the principal roles: Mitsuru Tsubota, violin; Mayuki Fukuhara, violin; Louise Schulman, viola; Daire FitzGerald, cello; Jack Kulowitsch, bass; Gregory Hayes, organ; Stephen Taylor, oboe; Mark Hill, oboe; and Susan Rotholz, flute.
The chorale is honored by the enthusiasm that this distinguished orchestra has shown in reassembling for this memorial concert.
The Blanche Moyse Chorale, founded in 1978 as a program of the Brattleboro Music Center, is a chamber chorus of about 30 voices who strive to attain the high level of musical artistry exemplified by its original director, Blanche Moyse. In recent years director Mary Westbrook-Geha has led the chorale through performances.
There will be a single Vermont performance, at 3 pm on Sunday, October 7, at Marlboro College’s Persons Auditorium.
Tickets are $20 general, or $40 for preordered preferred seating, and may be obtained from the Brattleboro Music Center at (802) 257-4523, bmcvt.org or general seating will be available at the door. Special wheelchair and handicap accessible seating are available by advance reservation.
The concert will be preceded by a free lecture on Cantata No.140 at 1:30 pm, in Ragle Hall at Marlboro College’s Serkin Center for the Arts.
For more information about the Blanche Moyse Chorale contact the Brattleboro Music Center at (802) 257-4523 or visit bmcvt.org.