Oratorio Chorale opens with Mozart, Schubert

Posted Wednesday, November 7, 2012 in Culture

Oratorio Chorale opens with Mozart, Schubert

Oratorio Chorale soloists

TOPSHAM — The Oratorio Chorale will open its 39th season with the music of Schubert and Mozart in a program combining the physical color of sound with passionate expressionism. Featured are the Schubert Mass #6 in E flat, three motets by Mozart and "Eine kleine Nachtmusik."

The Chorale will perform with the Maine Chamber Ensemble, under the baton of director Peter Frewen. Solo roles in the Schubert will be performed by members of the Chorale.

Concerts will be held on Saturday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m., at Orion Performing Arts Center, Topsham, and Sunday, November 18, at 3 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, Yarmouth.

Franz Schubert’s Mass in E flat is one of a remarkable series created by the composer in his final years. In fact, the Mass wasn’t performed until a year after his death. In his musical notes Frewen points out that Schubert was extremely prolific at this time. 

The Chorale will also perform three motets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The hymn "Sancta Maria" and "Misericordias Domini" were both composed when the young Mozart was at the court in Munich. Mozart, like Schubert, was quite productive during the final year of his life, 1791. Along with the "Requiem," he composed the "Verum Corpus," the third motet on the Oratorio’s program. Rounding out the Mozart portion of the program will be "Eine kleine Nachtmusik," composed in 1787.

Tickets for the Oratorio Chorale concerts are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, students at half price, and children under 12 free. Tickets are available from members of the Chorale, and at the following venues: Longfellow Books, Starbird Music in Portland; Book Review in Falmouth; Clayton’s in Yarmouth; Sherman’s Books & Stationery in Freeport; Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick; Etc. Finery and Now You’re Cooking in Bath.

The concerts are sponsored by Bath Savings Institution with additional support from Androscoggin Bank and Penmor Lithographers.

For more information, call 798-7985 or visit the Oratorio Chorale’s website, www.oratoriochorale.org.

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