Music director Joe Marchio will lead the Chatham Chorale, with guest soloists and chamber ensemble, in an “Ode to Music” at the First Methodist Church in Chatham Saturday, November 9, and Sunday, November 10. Concerts begin at 3 PM on both days.
Featured in the program will be George Frideric Handel’s “Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day,” in which the chorus and vocal soloists take turns praising the harmony that tunes all of Creation. Tenor Charles Blandy, soprano Joan Kirchner, and the Quartett Giocosa will join the singers in Handel’s cantata, composed in just 10 days in 1739.
Charles Blandy is a tenor based in Boston, specializing in music of the baroque. Joan Kirchner, a frequent soloist with the chorale, performs in a variety of styles regionally and on the Cape, and teaches voice at her Brewster studio. The instrumentalists of Quartett Giocosa—Heather Goodchild Wade and Irina Fainkichen (violins), Irina Naryshkova (viola), and cellist Elizabeth Schultze—met in the Cape Symphony and have performed as a quartet since 2017.
Mr. Marchio has frequently programmed the masses of Franz Joseph Haydn, and the Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo is a favorite. Performed as originally scored, for choir, organ, and a small string ensemble, this short Mass is “elegant and expressive, with a beautiful sense of mysticism,” the conductor said. The longest movement (“Benedictus”) is a dialogue for soprano Joan Kirchner and organist Donald Enos, the chorale’s longtime accompanist.
Ms. Kirchner will take center stage to perform Franz Schubert’s beloved lied “An die Musik” (“To Music”), accompanied by Mr. Enos on piano. Its sweeping melodic line and poetic devotion to musical art have made the song a favorite of musicians since Schubert wrote it in 1817.
The Victorian choral composer Charles Villiers Stanford created his energetic “Te Deum laudamus” in B flat as part of a complete church service marking the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign. It has never been recorded and is rarely performed.
Tickets are $25 for open seating, $35 for reserved and can be purchased at www.chathamchorale.org/tickets, by calling 774-212-9333, or at the door the day of the concert. Students and those under 18 will be admitted free with a ticket.