SINGING WITH THE MAD RIVER CHORALE:
In 2013-14 Mad River Chorale
celebrated the start of our
In the 2016-17 season, we welcomed our longtime friend Arthur Zorn
as our Conductor, following the resignation in July 2016 of Mary Bonhag.
Mary Jane Austin continues
as our wonderful Accompanist.
The Chorale is delighted to work with
this star-studded team!
2017 is our 25th year.
Hard to believe we are almost a quarter-century old!
Rehearsals for our 2017 Holiday Concerts begin on Monday September 11 in the
chorus room at
Harwood Union High School,
Rte. 100 Duxbury. Concerts will be on Saturday December 9 and on Sunday December 10.
REHEARSALS ARE HELD EVERY MONDAY EVENING FROM 7-9 PM. DUES ARE CHARGED TO HELP PAY FOR OUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF, BUT NO SINGER IS EVER TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF ABILITY TO PAY.
NEW SINGERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED WARMLY. THERE ARE NO AUDITIONS, BUT SINGERS MUST BE ABLE TO MATCH PITCH AND SING WITH THEIR VOCAL SECTION. AFTER THE THIRD REHEARSAL, ADMISSIONS ARE CLOSED FOR THE CURRENT TERM.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE MAD RIVER CHORALE, PLEASE CALL 496-2048 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND TO BE PLACED ON OUR SINGER MAILING LIST.
Holiday Concert December 2015
“Magnificat”included Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Poulenc’s Magnum Mysterium, four lovely songs about snow, including ones by Berlin, Elgar, and Thompson, three carols arranged by Paulus, and Holst’s arrangement of Christmas Day. Snow 19 Waitsfield UCC Meeting House. Presented Saturday Dec 19 at the Waitsfield UCC Meeting House, and Sunday afternoon Dec 20 at the Waterbury UCC Church. Mary conducted with Alison Cerutti was at the organ and piano. We also had John Dunlop on cello, Jane Bearden and Letitia Quante on violin, Elizabeth Reid on viola, and Keri Anderson and Sandra Cathey on oboe.
Spring Concert, June 2015
“I Hear America Singing” was a red, white and blue joyful mixture of songs by and about America and Americans, finishing up with the beautiful Vermont anthem “These Green Mountains” which reminded us all how privileged we are to live in this amazing State.
Our first concert with Mary:
Holiday Concert December 19 and 21, 2014
The program featured Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and included a number of other holiday songs and spirituals. And — of course — there were sing-a-longs with the audience.
Concerts took place Friday evening December 19, 7:30 p.m. at the Waitsfield Church, Route 100 north of the village and Sunday afternoon December 21st, 4:30 p.m. at the Warren Church, in Warren Village.
They were roaring successes!
Our last concert with Piero:
The 2014 Spring Concert was Glorias !
The Warren Church was packed for “First Glorias” as we reprised
some early favorites on June 16th.
We performed Glorias by Vivaldi, Puccini, and Shoenherr, and parody in Latin of Laura Branigan’s 1982 hit single “Gloria.”
Mary Jane Austin was at the Shigeru piano, and a string quartet backed us on two of the Glorias.
Sadly, our conductor of 19 years, Piero Bonamico, announced his resignation and we sang the final Gloria with tears in our eyes. But we will move on, as he will, to more Glorias.
Mad River Valley TV filmed the concert, and it is available for purchase. You can order a DVD for $10.00 on the MRVTV.com web site.
Our community chorus usually presents two concerts each year. One is always in late November or in December, usually a holiday offering, and one in late spring or early summer. Programs range from classical music through jazz, traditional, contemporary and Broadway, in a variety of venues.
Singers are welcomed whether experienced, inexperienced or returning after years away from the chorus. Although we are non-auditioned, singers must be able to match pitch and sing with their section.
New singers can always take a few weeks to decide whether to commit to singing with us.