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.
CHOIR WELCOMES NEW SINGERS FOR CELEBRATORY YEAR
Area singers are enthusiastically invited to join the Brattleboro Concert Choir this September, as they begin a very special season celebrating 25 years under the direction of Susan Dedell. The year begins with Verdi’s extravagant Requiem, scheduled to be performed with full orchestra and soloists at the Latchis Theater on January 10 and 11. This work, perhaps more than any other choral composition, allows the chorus to explore the full range of vocal expression --- from whispering sotto voce passages to triple forte, full throated passion. The orchestral writing is likewise dramatic, and Susan is assembling some of her favorite players and soloists to join her for this special concert.
This is the second time that the Verdi Requiem has been scheduled during the 25 years of Dedell’s direction, the first performance occurring in the spring of 2000, in a collaboration with the BUHS High School Chorus. For that event, a special stage was constructed at Persons Auditorium in Marlboro to accommodate over 200 singers. For this performance at the Latchis, a similar stage extension is planned in order to comfortably contain a full orchestra and chorus. “The Latchis is a great venue for this highly dramatic piece, which was considered to be overly passionate for a piece of sacred music by many in its time,” observes director Dedell.
But Verdi’s Requiem speaks to a more human condition than a heavenly one, according to Dedell. “The Requiem’s drama is the drama of life, with all its strivings, tragedies, and triumphs. I am so eager to begin work on it again, with the accumulated learning and perspective of all that has happened in the last 15 years.”
The chorus will conclude its year with Handel’s personal favorite, the oratorio Samson. Those who love the Messiah will absolutely adore this piece – full of Handel’s great choruses and arias, and with a rip-roaring tale to tell.
Also planned for the 25th year celebration are three community sings. “I want to offer chances for everyone to sing with me on a couple of the world’s most loved choral pieces, both of which I did in my first couple of years as director. In November, we will do the Mozart Requiem; later in the winter we will do the Requiem of Brahms, and then towards the spring we’ll have a fun evening of jazz standards, musicals, and operetta. These sings will be open to everyone in the community, free of charge. “I am so grateful to our wonderful community for the support and encouragement they have given to me over these years, and I want to share my gratitude and joy with as many people as possible.”
The Choir is open by audition. Please contact the BMC at 802-257-4523 for further information.