What’s New at the BMC?
Blanche Moyse Chorale Now Offering Auditions to Experienced Singers
The Blanche Moyse Chorale is looking for experienced choral singers in all vocal sections. The Chorale is now preparing for its spring project: performances of Brahms’s Requiem on April 3 and April 5. Weekly rehearsals are held on Sunday evenings at the BMC.
The Chorale, founded in 1978, is a chamber chorus of about 30 voices. Although based in the Brattleboro area, the Chorale includes singers from the wider tri-state region and beyond. Under the direction of Mary Westbrook-Geha since 2007, the Chorale has performed works by Handel, Copland, Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, Britten, Palestrina, Schütz, Schein, Barber, Ives, Pärt, Pepping, Schumann, Brahms, and especially J.S. Bach.
Auditions for the Brahms Requiem will be scheduled on an individual basis, beginning as soon as possible. For further information, interested singers should contact Chorale representative Calvin Farwell at 802-257-0496 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Stile Moderno Spotlights the Renaissance February 8
In Stile Moderno presents “Dilettare e muovere: Virtuoso Performances of the Sixteenth Century,” Saturday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the BMC.
The most brilliant performers of the Renaissance were renowned for their effortless and virtuosic ornamentation, and their ability to improvise new works on existing themes. The music they created, based on vocal polyphony, popular tunes, and dance music, remains a great unwritten repertoire, ripe for rediscovery. In Stile Moderno continues this practice with its own adaptations of 16th-century music, for cornetto, voice, and harpsichord—using old methods to create something new and modern. Performers will include Nathaniel Cox, cornetto; Agnes Coakley Cox, soprano; John McKean, harpsichord.