Mastersingers to perform Choral Gems for Romantic Organ and Choir – Sunday

by beth on March 6, 2018

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This Sunday, Assabet Valley Mastersingers is holding a special concert in Southborough. The singing group will be accompanied by an organ in a fitting setting – Pilgrim Church.

The group will perform Choral Gems for Romantic Organ and Choir on Sunday, March 11th at 3:30 pm. The works are described as “three rarely-heard short masses specifically written for organ and chorus by some of the Romantic era’s greatest masters of choral music.”

Of course, I always believe hearing is better than reading when it comes to musical performances. So, here’s a clip I found of a rehearsal shared on AVM’s Facebook page:

Tickets for Sunday’s concert can be purchased at the door for $25 for general admission and $20 for senior citizens and students. They are also available for pre-purchase at some locations at a $3 discount*.

Here are more details from AVM’s press release:

CHORAL GEMS FOR ROMANTIC ORGAN AND CHOIR will feature Mass in f minor by Joseph Rheinberger, Missa Choralis by Franz Liszt, and Solemn Mass by Louis Vierne at Pilgrim Church, 15 Common St. in Southborough. Rheinberger’s finely crafted classically styled writing, avoiding the programmatic descriptions so popular with other Romantic composers, will present a sharp contrast to the dense textures of Vierne and the chromaticism of Liszt.

Under the leadership of AVM founder and Artistic Director Robert P. Eaton accomplished organist Brett Maguire will provide accompaniment to the chorus of approximately 65 members. In the past 39 years Assabet Valley Mastersingers has gained praise for performance excellence and innovative programming in Central Massachusetts and takes pride in a history of hiring professional vocal soloists and instrumentalists who enjoy the collaboration. . .

Pilgrim Church is accessible to the physically challenged, and large print programs will be available. For further information please call (978) 562-9838 or reference

The concert is supported through grants and sponsorships:

Significant funding for this concert has been provided by the Southborough Community Fund, a fund of the Foundation for MetroWest. Partial funding for the Assabet Valley Mastersingers’ season has been provided by the Avidia Charitable Foundation, the Webster Five Foundation, Choral Arts New England, and through the local Arts Councils of Boylston, Clinton, Grafton, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Southborough, and Westborough, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. AVM is a non-profit organization.

*Concert tickets may be purchased through or in advance at David French Music Co., Westborough; Gray’s Carpet Center, Northborough; Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union; English Garden Florist, Southborough; Serendipity Jewelry, Art, & Whimsy, Hudson; and both Joy-Den Jewelers and Main Street Café in Marlborough. Advance sale tickets from outlets in these six towns are discounted $3 (three) from the regular price of $25 (twenty-five) and $20 (twenty) for students and senior citizens.

(image from AVM website)

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