Susan Dedell, Director
The Brattleboro Concert Choir performs an exciting and challenging repertoire, ranging from classic choral masterpieces to rarely heard or newly commissioned works. The Choir’s far ranging and adventurous programming utilizes innovative collaborations and presentations, and presents dynamic concerts to packed audiences twice yearly. Under the energizing direction of Music Director Susan Dedell, the choir commits to a high level of performance standard and musical integrity.
The BMC’s oldest performing ensemble, the Brattleboro Concert Choir was created by Blanche Moyse even before establishing the BMC. Since 1989 the chorus has been directed by Susan Dedell. Over the five years the choir’s programming has included such works as the Rachmaninnoff All-Night Vigil, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Bloch’s Sacred Service, Mozart Vesperae Solemnes, and David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus; as well as the world premiers of Nico Muhly’s Jubilate and Paul Dedell’s Divine Chemistry, the latter both written expressly for the Concert Choir.
The Choir is open by audition. Weekly rehearsals are held in Brattleboro on Wednesday evenings during the concert season.
BRATTLEBORO CONCERT CHOIR 2013-14 CONCERT SEASON
The Brattleboro Concert Choir, directed by Susan Dedell, will begin rehearsals for the upcoming season this coming September as they celebrate the kinship of creation with three very different pieces of outstanding choral music: Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb, Richard Blackford's Mirror of Perfection, and Paul Winter's Missa Gaia.
The year will begin with a program pairing Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb with Blackford's Mirror of Perfection. Britten's cantata is considered by many to contain his finest choral writing. Certainly the challenges are both varied and rewarding, as Britten sets the vivid text of the supposedly mad Christopher Smart (1722-1771) with extraordinary vision and imagination. According to director Susan Dedell, "it's easy to see why Britten was so attracted to this poem. It has great color, drama, bizarre imagery, and the central issue of the individual against the crowd. It ultimately concludes that all beings, each in their own way, form the perfect worship of their creator simply by being their most natural selves."
Richard Blackford’s Mirror of Perfection took London audiences by storm 7 years ago at its premier, when it was described as "a powerful cantata of lavish beauty, clothed in a radiance of strings, harp, horns, and percussion." Setting the little known poetry of St. Francis of Assis, the music fully captures the passion and compassion of the famous saint who was known as a fanatic of love.
The season will conclude in the spring with Paul Winter's Missa Gaia, a work that started a whole new way of thinking about what a choral mass could look like. A grand celebration of creation, Missa Gaia is an exhilarating fusion of sound and drama.
For more information about how to join the chorus for this exciting season of music, contact Susan Dedell at the Brattleboro Music Center, 802-257-4523.
The Choir is open by audition. Please contact the BMC at 802-257-4523 for further information.