Circle of Song

Circle of Song to Sing Schubert Mass in G on December 15, 2007
Julie Rawson
December 3rd, 2007

On Saturday, December 15 Circle of Song will perform a holiday concert. It will take place at the Barre Congregational Church at 7:00 PM. In its 7th season of performance, Circle of Song is this year taking on a Classical Masterwork to celebrate the Holiday Season. Mass No. 2 in G Major by Franz Schubert was composed from March 2 to 7, 1815. This is the best known of the three "shorter" masses he wrote. It has duration of 25 minutes. The score was not printed until several decades after Schubert's death and until then had remained one of Schubert's less noted compositions - so much so that that first edition of the mass had been usurped by another composer, who, eventually, ended up in prison for embezzlement.

Apart from some passages for the soprano soloist, the solistic interventions are very modest. Characteristically for Schubert, he is more interested in an over-all devotional mood of a religious composition than in individualistic romantic text-expression (as Beethoven for example would use in his masses).

Circle of Song soloists for the Mass in G include Minnie Isgro, Carol Erickson, Ashley Griffin, Jack Kittredge, Sharon Pollitt, Phil LaFollette, Stew King, Samantha Wilson and Josh Pearson.

Resurrection Brass, a brass quartet composed of Circle of Song members and friends, will play a few classical pieces in the middle of the concert. Come early and arrive to brass sounds of Christmas.

Director Julie Rawson and pianist Deb Page will perform He Shall Feed His Flock and Come Unto Him from Handel's Messiah.

During the remainder of the concert Circle of Song will sing a number of shorter pieces including O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridson, Agnus Dei by Thomas Morley who is much better known for his madrigals, and a King Singers' arrangement of What Child Is This?. My Lord What a Mornin' arranged by the great African-American composer H T Burleigh, Oseh Shalom by Nurit Hirsch, and finally Hallelujah from Beethoven's Mount of Olives will conclude the concert.

Refreshments will be served at the close of the concert in the church fellowship hall. This is a free concert and all donations are welcome.

Circle of Song invites new members to join. Membership is $30/year ($25 for students). Chorus members range in age from 12 to 75 and from beginning musicians to professionals in the field. Contact director Julie Rawson at julie@mhof.net or (978) 355-2853. Rehearsals are usually at the Quabbin Regional High School Chorus room on Thursdays from 6:45 - 8:45 PM. Rehearsals start up again on Thursday, January 3, 2008.