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War Requiem Review

The Worcester Telegram’s review of the sold out performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem:

Read the full review here.

Download  printable version here.

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Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem at Historic Mechanics Hall

Meet the Conductors and Soloists

 

Jack Daly Goodwin, Conductor

Over the last twenty-four seasons, John Daly Goodwin, Music Director Emeritus (1987-2012), has led the New York Choral Society to new musical dimensions as he builds upon an honored fifty-two year tradition of choral excellence. Under his direction, the NYCS has performed in the People’s Republic of China, the Czech Republic, Israel, Austria, France, Italy, Greece and Mexico.  Mr. Goodwin has conducted more than ninety concerts around New York City, including forty-two in Carnegie Hall, seven at Lincoln Center, and eleven international concert tours, conducting the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Shanghai Symphony Broadcasting Orchestra, the Collegium Ducale in Venice, the Orchestre Symphonique Bell’Arte of Paris, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City, and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. In his most recent guest appearance Mr. Goodwin conducted the Coro Filarmónico Universitario in two November 2011 performances of Carmina Burana.

Mr. Goodwin has been selected to prepare choruses for such prominent conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Dennis Russell Davies, Asher Fisch, Yong Yan Hu, Fabio Luisi, Yehudi Menuhin, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Eve Queler, Julius Rudel, Gerard Schwarz, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, and Alberto Veronesi.

 

Esther HeidemanSoprano

Angelic is the word that has most often been used to describe the silvery, pure, sweet tone of Esther Heideman’s vocal artistry.  In 2000, she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Licia Albanese Competition. In 2001, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut singing Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.  These performances were immediately followed by her debut with the New York Philharmonic in Bach’sChristmas Oratorio, and her European debut with the Prague Radio Symphony, singing in Mahler’sSecond Symphony.

Frank KelleyTenor

The talented and versatile American tenor, Frank Kelley, has performed in concert and opera throughout North America and Europe. His 2014-2015 season includes a return to Florentine Opera in two roles – as Joseph in Carlisle Floyd’s Wuthering Heights and in his stage directing debut for Elmer Gantry; as well as a return to Odyssey Opera in Boston as Victorin in Die Tote Stadt.

 

Craig Irvin, Baritone

Baritone Craig Irvin brings a vibrant sound and commitment to character to each role he portrays.  Craig recently made role and company debuts with Wolf Trap Opera as the Villains in The Tales of Hoffman and then returned to Wolf Trap in 2012 for Leporello in Don Giovanni. Additionally, he debuted with Minnesota Opera in the world premier of Kevin Puts’ new opera Silent Night, appeared with the Canadian Opera Company as Betto in Gianni Schicchi and covered the role of Simone in A Florentine Tragedy, and joined the cast of Simon Boccanegra with Los Angeles Opera covering the role of Paolo.  The 2013-2014 season brought debuts with both Fort Worth Opera and Cincinnati Opera reprising his Lieutenant Horstmayer in Silent Night, his return to Minnesota Opera as Mandryka in Arabella, and his role debut as Dandini in Pensacola Opera’s La Cenerentola.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2017 – 4:00 PM
MECHANICS HALL, 321 MAIN STREET, WORCESTER, MA

Tickets: $25.00 – $55.00

Purchase your tickets directly from Mechanics Hall here.

Summer/Fall Bulb Fundraiser!

We’re running a Summer/Fall fundraiser now through October 15 using the company “Flower Power Fundraising.” This earth-friendly provider offers a large selection of plants including bulbs, perennials and vegetables. For every order placed, Salisbury Singers receives 50% of the sale! We could use your support!
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Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

Sunday, November 12, 2017 – 4:00 pm
Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester, MA

After years of planning, the choruses of Central Massachusetts and Music Worcester are thrilled to present a choral collaboration, the likes of which Worcester has never seen, to perform Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem at historic Mechanics Hall.

Under the direction of Michelle Graveline, the Salisbury Singers will join forces with the Master Singers of Worcester, the Sounds of Stow, the Worcester Chorus, and the Worcester Children’s Chorus for this presentation. The four choruses are pleased to welcome John Daly Goodwin as the guest conductor of this concert.

Tickets: $25.00 – $55.00

Purchase your tickets directly from Mechanics Hall here.

For more about the Conductor and Soloists, click here.

Holiday Concert at Worcester Art Museum

Sunday, December 10, 2017 – 2:00 pm
Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA

Salisbury Singers will usher in the holidays with their annual Holidays at WAM concert.
Free with Museum admission.

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Bach Is Back!

Saturday, April 7, 2018 – 7:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church, 73 Lancaster Street, Worcester, MA 01609

Salisbury Singers will present a celebration of cantatas 17, 93, and 111 by J. S. Bach, accompanied by the Bach Consort of Worcester, which will also perform Bach’s famous concerto for oboe and violin. Trinity Lutheran’s newly renovated sanctuary will provide the beautiful setting for these most glorious works!

Tickets: $30 adults; $25 seniors



 

A Tribute to Bernstein and Sondheim

Saturday May 19, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Tsotsis Family Academic Center Performance Hall
Assumption College
500 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA

The collaboration of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim produced West Side Story, a Broadway classic.  Musicals such as Company and A Little Night Music cemented Sondheim’s reputation as a master songwriter and lyricist.  Salisbury Singers presents a tapestry of the songs from these musicals and others, in a splendid evening of classic Broadway melodies.

Tickets:
Adult: $30.00
Senior: $25.00



2017 Rehearsal Schedule

The list below shows all of the rehearsals, warm-ups, and performances for the season that we know at this time. Any changes will be announced as early as possible. Please arrange your personal and work schedules now to avoid conflicts later.

The May and June Rehearsals are available for you to get ahead on working on this difficult piece. Please attend as many as you are able.
Additional rehearsal opportunities are available August 29 through October 31 on:
Worcester Chorus meets Tuesday evenings – 7pm-9:30pm – First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St, Worcester, MA

5/9 Worcester Chorus Rehearsal First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St, Worcester, MA 7-9:30pm
5/16 Worcester Chorus Rehearsal First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St, Worcester, MA 7-9:30pm
5/22 Sounds of Stow Rehearsal First Parish Church, 353 Great Road, Stow, MA 7:30-9:30pm
5/23 Worcester Chorus Rehearsal First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St, Worcester, MA 7-9:30pm
5/29 Sounds of Stow Rehearsal First Parish Church, 353 Great Road, Stow, MA 7:30-9:30pm
5/31 Sectionals with Jack Goodwin (ALL Adult Choirs) First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St, Worcester, MA 6:30pm-7:30pm – Soprano/Alto 7:45pm-8:15pm – Semi-Chorus

8:30pm-9:30pm – Tenor/Bass

6/3

Britten Rehearsal Retreat with Jack Goodwin (ALL Adult Choirs)

Bancroft School, 110 Shore Drive, Worcester, MA 10:00am-12:30pm – rehearsal (there will be a break)

12:30pm-1:30pm – lunch

1:30pm-3pm – rehearsal

6/5 Sounds of Stow Rehearsal First Parish Church, 353 Great Road, Stow, MA 7:30-9:30pm
6/12 Sounds of Stow Rehearsal First Parish Church, 353 Great Road, Stow, MA 7:30-9:30pm
TENTATIVE: 6/19 Sounds of Stow Rehearsal First Parish Church, 353 Great Road, Stow, MA 7:30-9:30pm
7/15 Sectionals with Chris Shepard (All Adult Choirs) First Unitarian Church in Worcester, in the SANCTUARY 11am-1pm – Tenor/Bass
2pm-4pm – Sop/Alto
8/28 First Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
9/4 No Rehearsal – Labor Day
9/11 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
9/18 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-930 pm

6:00 – Annual meeting of SS Inc. followed by 7:15 rehearsal

9/25 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
10/2 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
10/9 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
Saturday
10/14
Britten Rehearsal Retreat with Jack Goodwin TBD 10am-3pm – Adult Choirs and Worcester Children’s Choir
10/16 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
10/23 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
10/30 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
Saturday
11/4
OR
Sunday
11/5
Possible piano Rehearsal – adult choirs TBD TBD
Monday
11/6
OR
Tuesday
11/7
Possible piano Rehearsal – adult choirs and children’s chorus TBD TBD
Thursday 11/9 Full Rehearsal (Orchestra, adult and children’s choirs) TBD TBD
Friday
11/10
Dress Rehearsal (Orchestra, adult and children’s choirs) TBD TBD
Sunday
11/12
CONCERT – The War Requiem, by Benjamin Britten Mechanic’s Hall Call times TBD
 11/13 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
 11/20 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
 11/27 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
 12/4 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
Sunday
12/10
Holidays at WAM Worcester Art Museum Call time 1:00pm
Concert 2:00pm
 12/11 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
Wed.
12/13
Noontime concert at the Worcester Senior Center

Note from Michelle: I will need about 20-25 volunteers who are free during the day.  We will use mostly the same music from the WAM concert plus a carol sing-along.  This will be a community outreach concert.

Call time 11:00a
12/18 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
12/25 No Rehearsal Christmas Day
 1/1/2018 No Rehearsal New Year’s Day
 1/8 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
 1/15 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
 1/22 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
 1/29 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
 2/5 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
 2/12 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
 2/19 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
 2/26 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
3/5 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
 3/12 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
 3/19 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
3/26 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
 4/2 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
Saturday
4/7

 

BACH IS BACK! Trinity Lutheran Call 6:00p
Concert 7:30p
4/9 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
4/16 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
4/23 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
4/30 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
5/7 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
 5/14 Rehearsal Trinity Lutheran 7:15-9:30 pm
Saturday
5/19
A Tribute to Bernstein and Sondheim Assumption College’s New Performance Hall

 

Call 6:00p
Concert 7:30p
 5/21 End of Year Party Michelle’s House 6:30 pm
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We partner with “Flower Power Fundraising” in fundraising for Salisbury Singers. This earth-friendly company offers a large selection of plants including bulbs, perennials and vegetables all with a 100% money-back guarantee. For every order placed, Salisbury Singers receives 50% of the sale! We could use your support!

Participation is easy as it’s all done on-line. Order for yourself or submit a combined order for yourself, friends and family.

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The Salisbury Singers do not have an open fundraiser, at this time. Please stay tuned to email alerts for furture opportunities to support the great work of our volunteer singers.

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Salisbury Singers Holiday CD

A beautiful selection of holiday favorites

This jubilant and timeless compilation of classic works can be enjoyed year-round.
Special Price: $10.00 each


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