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Upcoming Concerts and Events
Handel’s Messiah Sunday, December 8 at 3:30 and 7:00 PM
On Sunday, December 8, Grace Church will present the annual performances of Handel’s Messiah. The Rutland Area Chorus, soloists and orchestra will perform the concerts at 3:30 PM and 7:00 PM under the direction of Rip Jackson. Soloists are Marybeth McCaffrey of Lincoln, Amy Frostman of South Burlington, Jamie Willis of Rutland and Zebulun McClellan of Shrewsbury. Handel’s Messiah, one of the great Baroque choral masterpieces, depicts the biblical prophecy and birth of Jesus Christ. The chorus and orchestra will also perform Handel’s Coronation Anthem The King Shall Rejoice and Fanfare on “Adestes Fideles” written by Rip Jackson. A free will offering will be accepted and a reception will follow the 7:00 PM performance.
Fortnightly presents A Christmas Concert with Rip Jackson and Jamie Willis Thursday, December 19 at 2 PM ~ Grace Church Sanctuary
Rip Jackson will present a concert of Christmas music from ancient to modern times on piano, harpsichord and organ. He will be joined by tenor Jamie Willis in singing well-known Christmas songs for one and two voices such as “O Holy Night,” “Gesu Bambino,” “ Il est né le divine enfant,” “Veni, Veni, Emmanuel,” “Stille Nacht,” “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” and other wonderful Christmas carols. Also on the program will be Corelli’s Christmas Pastoral, Advent chorales by J. S, Bach, Christmas French Carols by C. Daquin and a jazz arrangement of “Go Tell it on the Mountain.”
Grace Church Presents a Traditional Service of Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 22 at the 10 AM service
On December 22nd at the 10 AM service, Grace Church will celebrate this joyful time in the church year with a Service of Lessons and Carols featuring Advent and Christmas carols by John Rutter, Benjamin Britten and Stephen Paulus for soloists, chorus and harp. The Grace Children’s Choir and Festival Choir will be joined by harpist Jennifer Hoult in presenting music depicting the prophesy and birth of Jesus Christ. Musical selections will be interspersed with Advent and Christmas readings from the King James Bible.
Christmas Harp Concert with Jennifer Hoult with guest performers Rip Jackson and the Grace Church Festival Choir Sunday, December 22 at 2:00 PM
Wallingford’s Jennifer Hoult will present a holiday harp recital at Grace Church Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM. Jennifer holds a degree from Manhattan School of Music. She has appeared to critical acclaim around the U.S. The program will include beautiful holiday selections for solo harp, harp/piano and harp/organ duets with accompaniment by Rip Jackson. Choral carols by John Rutter will be sung by the Grace Church Festival Choir. Please join us! There will be a free will offering accepted.
Christmas Eve Family Service Sunday, December 24 at 6:00 PM in the Grace Church Sanctuary
The Grace Church Children’s Choir, Joyful Noise (Teen Choir) and soloists will sing at this service. Youth instrumentalists, soloists and ensembles will also provide music ministry for this service which includes the pageant depicting the birth of Baby Jesus.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service and Prelude Concert Sunday, December 24 at 10:30 PM in the Grace Church Sanctuary
Grace Church Sanctuary Choir, soloists and chamber orchestra will present a short concert of inspirational Christmas music at 10:30, followed by the beautiful Candlelight Service beginning at 11 PM.
Jazz Sunday Celebration for Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 19, 2014 at the 10 AM service ~ Grace Church Sanctuary
On Sunday, January 19th at the 10 AM service, Grace Church will celebrate and worship in a special jazz service in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The guest musicians that day will be Onion River Jazz Band, a talented group based in Burlington that has been inspiring congregations all over Vermont with their energy and spirit. This seven-piece ensemble will play jazz arrangements of hymns as well as other powerful music. The choir will sing gospel arrangements by John Harrison in the African American tradition. Feel free to "rise up singing” if you feel the spirit! After the service, the band will play jazz music in Fellowship Hall.
Youth Showcase of Talent featuring Grace Church’s Teen and Children’s Choirs
Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM ~ Free Will Offering
The Grace Church Children’s Choir (K-6th grade) and Joyful Noise (7th-College), under the direction of Rip Jackson, will present a variety show Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM. These talented singers and instrumentalists will perform music from the classical, pop, sacred and Broadway genres. Both groups (over 50 kids total!) will also perform music from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Mamma Mia with choreography by Rip Jackson and Tegan Waite. A free will offering will be accepted to benefit Jenn Wright’s Heal The Children Foundation.
Les Misérables Auditions! ~ Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16, 2014
It is official! We are doing Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s Les Misérables at the Paramount July 17-19, 2013! Rehearsals begin June 1 and continue for 6 and 1/2 weeks (Sunday afternoons and Mon-Thu evenings except July 4). Auditions will be February 15 and 16. We will have a huge cast, beautiful sets and costumes, a full orchestra and a great tech crew with professional sound and lights. And we will be at the Paramount Theater in downtown Rutland. This has been a dream of Rip Jackson for 20 years! And it is finally going to happen.
An Evening of Sacred Chant Music Rutland Area Chorus and Soloists Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 7 PM Immaculate Heart of Mary (18 Lincoln Ave Rutland, VT) ~ Free Will Offering
Grace Church is pleased to present a concert of Sacred Chant, featuring mystical music from ancient to modern times, both from Western and Eastern traditions. The evening’s performance will include Gregorian chant, Antiphons by Hildegard Von Bingen, Medieval motets, Renaissance masterpieces, Romantic choral pieces incorporating chant, Eastern chants (Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic) and an original piece written by Rip Jackson. Immaculate Heart of Mary is a beautiful space with glorious resonant acoustics, evoking mysticism and the music of ancient times.
Les Miserables at the Paramount Theater!
Thursday-Saturday July 17-19, 2014
2013-2014 Previous Concerts and Events
Burlington Ensemble Opens Season 4 with “Precocious Prodigies”
Castleton State College will present its Artists-in-Residence Burlington Ensemble in concert with “Precocious Prodigies” Thursday, September 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Church. The concert will feature the String Quartet , Opus 12 , by Felix Mendelssohn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Quartet in g minor , K.478. Performers include Burlington Ensemble Co-Artistic Directors Sofia Hirsch and Michael Dabroski as violinists, violist Peter Sulski, cellist Ariana Falk and pianist and special guest Joe Goetz. Many will recognize Mr. Goetz as Vermont Public Radio’s Afternoon Classical host. Tickets can be purchased online at www.burlingtonensemble.com ($20/adult and $5/students and children). For more information, please visit www.burlingtonensemble.com or www.facebook.com/burlington.ensemble, e-mail (email@example.com) or call (802)598.9520. Burlington Ensemble is made possible in part by Merchants Trust Company.
A Concert of Italian and German Early Baroque Music Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM
A group of 15 vocal soloists and 6 Baroque instrumentalists, under the direction of Rip Jackson, will perform a concert of Italian and German early Baroque Music from the 17th century on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. The concert will include motets by Claudio Monteverdi and Heinrich Schütz and instrumental music by Corelli, Fontana Cazzati, Buxtehude and Frescobaldi for harpsichord, pipe organ, violins, theorbo (a large lute with a long extended neck), cello and viola da gamba. All of the musicians will be playing on period instruments and the singers will be using early vocal techniques (Baroque ornamentation and less vibrato). Immaculate Heart of Mary is a beautiful church with perfect reverberant acoustics for early music and evokes an atmosphere found in similar historical venues in Europe. A free will offering will be accepted. For more information, contact the church office at 802-775-4301 or www.gracechurchvt.org.
Regular Rehearsal Schedule for Grace Choirs
Sanctuary Choir : Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings 7-9 p.m.
A choral ensemble comprised of forty mixed voices, this choir sings every Sunday morning from September - May, including a service of Lessons and Carols and Special Choral Sundays. Repertoire includes classical music (Vivaldi, Handel, Brahms, etc.), Contemporary Classics (Rutter, Butler, etc.), African-American Spirituals, world music, shape-note pieces and other inspirational music.
Tintinnabula : Rehearsals are Monday evenings 6:45 - 8:30 p.m.
A handbell choir consisting of 10-12 members. They share their musical ministry on Sunday mornings at various times during the liturgical year. The repertoire includes contemporary anthems by various composers such as Dobrinski as well as classical arrangements.
This ensemble consists of choristers in grades K-6. Music will range from fun up-tempo pieces to beautiful classical arrangements. Work with music theory and instruments will be included. In the Spring, the kids do a fun talent show with a medley staged from a Broadway Musical.
Joyful Noise - Teen Choir (grades 7-college) : Rehearsals are Sundays 11:45 - 1:00 p.m.
This is a dedicated group of teenagers in grades 7 through college singing a wide variety of music from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Mozart to African. This group also participates in the Spring talent show with a medley staged from a Broadway Musical.
Harp and Organ Duo Concert ~ Wednesday, August 7 at 7 p.m.
Jennifer Hoult from Wallingford will present a duo harp-organ recital with Bill Randolph at Grace Church on Wednesday evening, August 7, 2013 at 7 p.m. Jennifer and Bill hold degrees from Manhattan School of Music. Both have appeared to critical acclaim around the U.S. The program of virtuoso works for harp, organ, and harp-organ duo will have something for everyone, including a fabulous solo arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, which is sure to dazzle and keep you cool in the August heat! Please join us! There will be a free-will offering taken.
Previous Concerts and Events
2012-2013 Concert Series
Peace Concert with Counterpoint and Robert De Cormier
Hundreds of Vermonters join Local Non-Profit to Sing for Peace ~ Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 4 p.m., Grace Church Sanctuary
Rutland Area Chorus has accepted an invitation to sing in the Fifth Annual Peace Concert. Hosted by Counterpoint, Vermont’s professional a cappella classical vocal ensemble, and the brainchild of its former director, Robert De Cormier, this annual concert draws together some of Vermont’s finest choruses to raise their voices for a just and peaceable world. The Rutland Area Chorus, with five other choirs and Counterpoint, will perform individually and then all choirs will combine under the leadership of Robert De Cormier.
Vermont’s premiere vocal ensemble Counterpoint sang out another chorus of its call for peace today when it announced its “Sing for Peace” concert. This year’s event, the fifth annual, will raise money for Volunteers for Peace, based in Burlington. “More than ever, the world needs people to work actively for peace and understanding,” said Robert De Cormier, Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of Counterpoint. “Just as we bring our voices together in harmony here in Vermont, Volunteers for Peace is bringing people together from across the globe to make a more harmonious world.”
“We are delighted to be benefiting from this wonderful event” said Megan Brook, Executive Director of Volunteers for Peace. “Music can help us achieve our mission of advancing international understanding, sustainable community development and friendship. When we join our voices we find a common language and are inspired to work together for our planet and future. This concert will motivate us to continue our work for peace and provide crucial funding for our programs.
Produced by Counterpoint, this year’s celebration of singing and peace includes Bella Voce Women’s Chorus, the Green Mountain Chorus, the Orchard Valley Waldorf School Chorus of East Montpelier, the Rutland Area Chorus, members of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and Zephyrus, based in the Upper Valley. In addition to singing their own repertory focused on peace and social justice, the several hundred voices of the seven combined groups will join together in a rendition of the old American song “Peace I Ask of Thee, O River,” arranged by longtime Vermont resident Gwyneth Walker. The audience too will sing along in peace songs from Europe and South Africa.
The concert is on Saturday, September 22, at 4 p.m. at Grace Church. Admission is free, and donations to Volunteers for Peace will be collected. Media sponsors include VPR, and WCVT/WDEV.
The mission of Volunteers for Peace (www.vfp.org) is to promote international voluntary service as an effective means of intercultural education, service learning and community development. The organization provides projects where people from diverse backgrounds can work together to help overcome the need, violence and environmental challenges facing our planet, and it organizes and promotes projects where nations join together to improve life on our planet and volunteers experience a microcosm of our world.
Founded by Robert De Cormier in 2000, Counterpoint (www.counterpointchorus.com) is a nationally recognized, Vermont-based, professional vocal ensemble dedicated to performing choral chamber music and engaging with student musicians to enhance the cultural life of communities in Vermont and beyond.
For more information about this concert, please contact the Music Department at Grace Church at 802-775-4301.
Faure’s Requiem to be performed by Five Vermont College Choirs and Orchestra
Grace Church, Friday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m.
The Vermont Collegiate Choral Consortium presents Faure’s Requiem with chamber orchestra on Friday November 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Church in Rutland. The consortium includes Castleton State College Collegiate Chorale (Sherrill Blodget, conductor), Johnson State College Chamber Singers (Bethany L. Plissey, conductor), Middlebury College Choir (Jeff Buettner, conductor), St. Michael's College Choir (Nathaniel G. Lew, conductor), and University of Vermont Concert Choir (David Neiweem, conductor). Each ensemble will perform a selection individually, before combining to present the Requiem with chamber orchestra and soloists Suzanne Merrill, soprano, and David Neiweem, baritone. Please join us for this exiting collaboration of exquisite music! Admission is free, with donations welcome. Additional performances will be given on Thursday, November 8 at 8 p.m. at Mead Chapel, Middlebury College and Saturday, November 10 at 8 p.m. at St. Michael's College in Colchester.
Vocal Recital by Marietta Horton Formanek
Sunday, November 11 at 4:30 p.m. at Grace Church
Marietta Horton Formanek, accompanied by Susan Dedell, will perform a vocal concert on Sunday, November 11 at 4:30 p.m. featuring Samuel Barber's "Knoxville: Summer of 1915” with text by James Agee in memory of his father. Also performed will be works by Bach, Haydn, Purcell, Mahler, Vaughan Williams and Richard Hundley. Admission to the concert is free.
Marietta has performed many roles with the Opera Theatre of Weston, The Friends of Music at Guilford, and The Memorial Hall Center for the Arts. She recently sang in the Grace Church production of the Leonard Bernstein Mass as a featured soloist. Susan Dedell studied piano with Charles Fisher and was a staff accompanist in the voice department of the University of Michigan before joining the Brattleboro Music Center piano faculty in 1983. Susan is the Director of Music at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church and is also the Artistic Director of the Brattleboro Concert Choir. In addition to teaching at the BMC, Susan teaches piano at Northfield Mount Hermon.
Sunday, December 2 at 3:30 and 7 PM
On Sunday, December 2, Grace Church will present the annual performances of Handel’s Messiah. The Rutland Area Chorus, soloists and orchestra will perform the concerts at 3:30 PM and 7:00 PM under the direction of Rip Jackson. Soloists are Marybeth McCaffrey of Lincoln, Amy Frostman of South Burlington, Jamie Willis of Rutland and Jeff Linebeck of Manchester.Handel’s Messiah, one of the great Baroque choral masterpieces, depicts the biblical prophecy and birth of Jesus Christ. The chorus and orchestra will also perform “We Praise Thee, O God” from Handel’s Te Deum for the Peace of Dettingen. A free will offering will be accepted and a reception will follow the 7:00 PM performance. For more information, please call the church office at 775-4301.
Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 9 at the 10 a.m. Service
On December 9, at the 10 a.m. service, Grace Church will celebrate the Advent and Christmas season with a service of “A Service Lessons and Carols." The Festival Choir, an expanded group of choristers including the Sanctuary Choir and other singers, will sing anthems, carols and other music depicting the prophesy and birth of Jesus Christ. They will be joined by harpist Jennifer Hoult. These choral selections will be interspersed with Advent and Christmas readings from the Bible.
A Vocal Concert by Shirley Oskamp and Friends
Sunday, December 23 at 4 p.m. at Grace Church
Shirley Oskamp is giving a vocal recital on Sunday, December 23 at 4 p.m. in the church sanctuary. A voice student of Rip Jackson’s for more than 10 years, Shirley has been involved in several Grace Church productions including Jesus Christ Superstar , Broadway reviews and cabarets, yearly student recitals, as well as The Messiah. Shirley is putting together a program that includes opera and Broadway show tunes, popular and gospel music, with just a touch of the Holidays. She will be accompanied by Rip Jackson, and has invited several singers and musicians familiar to the Grace Church family to join her in what promises to be a wonderful celebration of sound. A reception will follow the recital, to which all are welcome. Shirley has been known in the community as the pastor of Church of the Wildwood and Tinmouth Community Church for many years. She also serves as campus chaplain for Green Mountain College in Poultney where she teaches courses such as Stories of the Spirit, Celtic Spirituality, Shamanism, and This Sacred Earth: Spirituality and the Environment. She lives in Middletown Springs with her husband Gary Lindorff, with whom she performs Folk music at local venues. Shirley has twin daughters and a stepson, who consistently support her musical endeavors.
Jazz Sunday Celebration for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 20, at the 10 a.m. service
On Sunday, January 20 at the 10 a.m. service, Grace Church will celebrate and worship with a special jazz service in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The guest musicians that day will be Onion River Jazz Band, a talented group based in Burlington that has been inspiring congregations all over Vermont with their energy and spirit. This seven-piece ensemble will play jazz arrangements of hymns as well as other powerful music. The choir will sing gospel arrangements by John Harrison in the African American tradition. Feel free to "rise up singing” if you feel the spirit! After the service, the band will play jazz music in Fellowship Hall.
History of Music Lecture/Performances given by Rip Jackson
at The Gables at East Mountain 1 Gables Place, Rutland, Vermont ~ Free Admission
Thursdays, April 11 and 25, 2013 from 1:30-3:00 PM
Rip Jackson, Minister of Music at Grace Congregational UCC, will present “The History of Western Music in Performance” for The Gables at East Mountain. Rip is a consummate musician, passionate conductor/director of choral and orchestral music, composer and director of local productions of Broadway shows. He specializes in Baroque music and teaches voice, organ, harpsichord and piano. Rip will discuss the styles and historical performance practices of the various musical periods and demonstrate with examples played on the harpsichord and piano and through singing. The first Thursday will focus on the ancient music of Europe from the mystical 8th century Gregorian chant through the mid-18th century and the second one will feature music from 1750 through the modern era. The lectures are free and open to the public. As space is limited, please RSVP to Randi Cohn at 770-5275 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Showcase of Talent
Grace Church’s Youth and Children’s Choirs Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 6:30 PM ~ Free-Will Offering
The Grace Church Children’s Choir (K – grade 6) and Joyful Noise (grade 7 – college), under the direction of Rip Jackson, will present a variety show Sunday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. These talented singers and instrumentalists will perform music from the classical, pop, sacred and Broadway genres. Both groups (over fifty kids total!) will also perform music from The Lion King, Godspell and Les Miserables with choreography by Mitch Rosengarten. A free-will offering will be accepted to benefit Jenn Wright’s Heal, Raising Our World Foundation, Inc.
Divine Songs: A Concert of Renaissance Choral Music Featuring the music of Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1420-1497)
Performed by the professional Boston group Blue Heron Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 7:30 PM ~ Free-Will Offering
(5 - 6PM Masterclass free and open to the public)
Grace Church is thrilled to bring Blue Heron to Vermont! Blue Heron, directed by Vermont native Scott Metcalfe (director, medieval fiddle and harp), is one of North America’s premiere renaissance vocal ensembles. They combine a commitment to vivid live performance with the study of original source materials and historical performance practice. Blue Heron's principal repertoire interests are fifteenth-century English and Franco-Flemish polyphony. Their March Rutland, Vermont debut will explore connections and exchanges between secular song and sacred music and feature the music of Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1420-1497), one of the greatest composers of all time. His endlessly fascinating sacred music has been characterized as mystical with each song a gem of invention, comical, heart wrenching, or profound. The program includes Ockeghem’s songs Ma maistresse, Fors seullement, and Presque transi; De plus en plus by Gilles Binchois; and movements from the masses by Ockeghem based on those songs.
ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE:Blue Heron (www.blueheronchoir.org) consists of Michael Barrett, Pamela Dellal, Paul Guttry, David McFerrin, Owen McIntosh, Jason McStoots, Martin Near, Mark Sprinkle, voices; Laura Jeppesen, rebec & medieval fiddle and Scott Metcalfe, director, harp & medieval fiddle. Blue Heron has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as "one of the Boston music community's indispensables" and hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for the "expressive intensity" of its interpretations; the Boston Musical Intelligencer calls Blue Heron "a fantastic model for the fully-realized potential of early music performance in the 21st century." Combining a commitment to vivid live performance with the study of original source materials and historical performance practices, Blue Heron ranges over a wide and fascinating repertoire.
Blue Heron's first CD, featuring music by Guillaume Du Fay, was released in 2007; its second, of music from the Peterhouse partbooks by Hugh Aston, Robert Jones, and John Mason, followed in 2010. Both discs have received international critical acclaim and the Peterhouse CD made the Billboard charts. The second volume of Blue Heron's 5-CD series Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, featuring music of Nicholas Ludford and Richard Pygott, was released in April 2012. The third in the series will appear in October 2013.Founded in 1999, Blue Heron presents subscription series in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in New York City. The ensemble has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival, New York's 92nd Street Y, The Cloisters, and Music Before 1800, Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., the Pittsburgh Renaissance and Baroque Society, and Monadnock Music in New Hampshire, and with the wind band Piffaro and the viol consort Parthenia in Philadelphia. Blue Heron made its West Coast debut at Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California, and returned to California in 2012 for a debut at the Berkeley Early Music Festival.
"Passionate expression and dramatic attention to text...nuanced dynamic shadings and emotive conviction"Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times | June, 2012
"Sumptuously beautiful...sung with bravura and grace"Joshua Kosman, The San Francisco Chronicle | June, 2012
“The music of this Franco-Flemish master unspools in a dazzling maze of crisscrossing lines, magnificent in their complexity and austere beauty. Follow the patterns closely and they are mind-bending; soften the focus of your concentration and this spacious music washes over you, as entrancing as a majestic cathedral.… Under the artistic leadership of Scott Metcalfe, the performances were handsomely polished and beautifully delivered, with keen attention paid to the clarity of interplay among voices.”—Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe, March 13, 2007
Tom Goss, LGBT Folk Concert at Grace Church
Sunday, April 7 at 7 p.m.
Grace Church is pleased to present singer/song writer Tom Goss live in concert. He is a powerful performing artist reaching into the depths of his soul to express his perspective growing up as a gay man. His music reflects the LGBT civil rights struggles and his own path towards acceptance and love. He sings with a soaring tenor voice, accompanying himself with guitar and piano. Tom's music stands at the forefront of LGBT equality and arts. His newest music video, "Make Believe", made a splash, generating over 70,000 views in its first week, even garnering attention from the Huffington Post for its innovative use of human time lapse and animation. A touring machine, Tom has performed in 40 states and over 100 cities to tens of thousands of listeners. Instantly accessible, his music has been featured on ABC, HBO and in several independent movies. A free-will offering will be accepted to help with the costs of the concert. Please help spread the word! For more information, please call 775.4301 or visit www.gracechurchvt.org.
An Evening of Sacred Chant Music Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM
at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
18 Lincoln Avenue Rutland, VT ~ Free-Will Offering
Rutland Area Chorus and soloists will perform a concert of sacred chant music on Sunday, May 5th at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. This large body of repertoire includes mystical music from ancient to modern times from Europe to India and will include Gregorian chant, antiphons by Hildegard Von Bingen, Medieval motets, Renaissance masterpieces such as Allegri’s Miserere, Romantic choral pieces incorporating chant, including Duruflé’s Ubi Caritas, Georgian sacred pieces, Hindu chants and original pieces written by Rip Jackson. Immaculate Heart of Mary Sanctuary is a beautiful space with glorious resonant acoustics, evoking mysticism and the music of ancient times.
A Symphonic Broadway Cabaret Concert
Performed by Grace Church Festival Choir with a large symphony orchestra
Saturday, June 22 at 7 p.m. at Grace Church
We are planning another exciting concert this summer and we would like you to be part of it. We will be doing the concert version of Show Boat and selections from Jesus Christ Superstar. The orchestra will also perform Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. The performance date is Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. Rehearsals will be 6:30 - 9 p.m. Wednesdays, May 29, June 5, 12 and 19 and 1- 4 p.m. Sundays, June 2, 9 and 16. The mandatory dress rehearsal is Saturday, June 22, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. All rehearsals and the concert will be at Grace Church. If you can attend at least 5 of the 7 rehearsals and the mandatory dress rehearsal, we hope that you will join us for this spectacular program. For more information e-mail Diane at email@example.com.
Rutter Sunday with the Killington Music Festival Orchestra
The Killington Music Festival Orchestra will be joining the Sanctuary Choir in singing portions of John Rutter’s Requiem on Sunday, July 21. The Killington Music Festival Orchestra members, who are donating their musical services, consists of a group of talented young orchestra players who come from all over the world. Jennifer Hoult will also be playing Handel’s Concerto for Harp and Orchestra that morning. She will be joined by Licia Gambino-Hamilton in Mozart’s Concert for Flute and Harp .
A History of Messiah Performances in Rutland, Vermont
The present day performances of G.F. Handel's Messiah at Grace Church were founded in the early 1950s through the efforts of Dr. Robert English, Trinity Episcopal Church organist, and Leo Ayen, Minister of Music at Grace Congregational Church. These two musicians combined the choirs of their churches to perform the Christmas portion of Messiah. The first performance was held at Trinity Church and alternated each year between Trinity and Grace. The event soon gained popularity and from 1962 on, the larger of the two churches became the permanent home of the performance. By the early 1960s, the tradition of heralding in the Christmas season with Handel'sMessiah was so well established that, when it was NOT performed in 1963 (the only year that it has not been held), it was sorely missed. In 1975 a second performance was added to accommodate increasing audiences.
The popularity of attending has been nearly matched by the interest in performing in it. By the early 1970s the choir had expanded to include choristers from area churches and today includes all interested singers. Choir size has varied from around 100 to nearly 200 singers, with about 130 performing for the last several years.
The mid-70s also saw an increase in the orchestra with the addition of a few members from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra to supplement the excellent local musicians.
For nearly 60 years the Rutland area has been blessed with this high quality musical offering welcoming in the Christmas season. The consistency and popularity of this event is due in large part to those people who have conducted and accompanied it. The list is short but the contributions of these individuals is what makes this such a great event.
MESSIAH Musical Directors
2000-present Rip Jackson
1999 Penny Schiek
1992-1998 W. Kevin Davis
1974-1991 Alan Walker
1973 Jiman Duncan
1971-1972 Carol Dort
1962-1970 Horace Hollister
1950-1961 Leo Ayen MESSIAH Accompanists
1994-present Diane Chartrand
1961-1993 Betty Clark
1956-1960 Leo Ayen
1950-1955 Dr. Robert English
2011-2012 Grace Church Concert Series
Peace Concert with Counterpoint and Robert De Cormier ~ Saturday, September 24 at 7 pm ~ Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington, VT
Rip Jackson Organ Concert ~ Sunday, September 25 at 4 pm ~ Woodstock, VT
Handel’s Messiah ~ Sunday, December 4 at 3:30 and 7 PM
A Service of Lessons and Carols ~ Sunday, December 11 at the 10 a.m. Service
Jazz Sunday - January 15
Four Shillings Short ~ Celtic, Folk and World Music ~ Sunday, April 15 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Southwest Association-Wide Earth Sunday Celebration with
Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia Earth Mass: A Mass in Celebration of Mother Earth
Sunday, April 29, 2012 at the 10:30 a.m. Worship Service in the Grace Church Sanctuary
Grace Church and Castleton State College present Penn State University’s Essence of Joy in Concert Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m.
New England Winds ~ Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m.
Grace Church’s Youth and Children’s Choirs will present A Showcase of Talent ~ Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m.
Leonard Bernstein’s Mass ~ Paramount Theatre ~ Friday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 30 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Benjamin Green’s Senior Bass Recital Sunday, July 22 at 3 p.m.
Natalie Brierre’s Senior Vocal Recital ~ Sunday, August 12 at 2 p.m.
Grace Church Music 2010-2011
Peace Concert with Counterpoint and Robert De Cormier
Unitarian Universalist Church at 152 Pearl St. in Burlington, VT ~~~~~ Saturday, September 25, at 7 PM
Paul Sullivan in Concert Saturday, October 9
~ 7:30 Grace Church Sanctuary
~ Friday, October 15, 7:30 PM
Handel’s Messiah ~ Sunday, December 5 at 3:30 and 7 PM
Lessons and Carols ~ Sunday, December 12 at the 10 AM Sanctuary Service
Jazz Sunday January 16, 2011
Folk Concert and Contradance ~ Saturday, January 29 at 6:30 PM ~~ Dance from 8:00–9:30 PM
Youth Talent Show ~ Sunday, April 3 at 6:30 PM
English Handbell Concert
A Concert of Orchestral and Choral Music By J. S. Bach and his Contemporaries ~ Saturday, May 7 at 7:00 PM
Rip Jackson’s Students’ Recital ~ Saturday, June 25 at 7 p.m. in the Grace Church Sanctuary
2011 Summer Musical: Miss Saigon ~ Friday, July 15 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, July 16 at 2:00 and 7:30 PM
Directed by Rip Jackson
Sophia Chamberlain Voice Recital ~ Sunday, August 7, 2011 at 2 PM
Jamie Willis' Vocal Recital With accompaniment by Rip Jackson, piano and Ben Green, bass ~ Sunday, August 14 at 3 PM
Grace Church Music 2009-2010
A Concert of Music from the American Folk Tradition ~ Saturday, November 21 at 7 pm
Grace Church Festival Choir with folk musicians John Kirk, Trish Miller and other guest musicians
Handel’s Messiah ~
Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 3:30 and 7 PM
A Counterpoint Christmas Concert
A Service of Lessons and Carols ~
Sunday, December 13, 2009 at the 10:00 AM service
New York City Trip
Jazz Sunday - January 17, 2010
Concert of Spirituals Sunday, March 7 at 7 PM at Grace Church
Grace Church’s Teen and Children’s Choirs will present a Showcase of Talent Saturday, March 20 at 7 PM
Grace Church Premieres Original Musical Production by Rutland Composer Rip Jackson
Saturday, May 22 at 7 PM, Grace Church in Rutland will present the premiere of an original composition by Minister of Music Rip Jackson, with choreography and stage direction by Maris Wolff and lyrics by Jan Asch. The Beatitudes: A Journey of Compassion, Justice and Love Triumphant will feature the Rutland Area Chorus, Vermont Dance Collective, music theater soloists, a children’s chorus, and an instrumental and percussion ensemble. The work draws upon the powerful theme of justice expressed in Jesus's biblical message in the Beatitudes, transforming it into present-day social commentary. The score is written in a variety of musical styles, among them classical, world, gospel and Broadway."This will be an amazing musical feast for the eyes, the ears and the heart," says composer Rip Jackson. "The audience will embark on an emotional journey which will illustrate the healing power of love and compassion in our world." Tickets will be on sale through the Grace Church Office beginning May 1, after Sunday services at the church and at the door as available. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for ages 18 and under (reduced-price tickets are available upon request). For more information, please contact 802.775.4301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Broadway Cabaret ~ Saturday, July 10 at 7:00 PM
French Chorus to Perform at Grace Church Friday, July 23, 2010 at 7PM
Mother, Daughter, Friend Concert ~ August 5 at 7 PM
2008-2009 Concert Series
A Concert of Spirituals Sunday, October 19 at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary
A Gospel Quartet Sunday, November 9, 2008 at 5 PM
Elias Traverse Vocal Recital Sunday November 30th, 2008 at 7 PM
Handel’s Messiah Sunday, December 7th, 2008 at 3:30 and 7 PM
The Fortnightly: Celebrating 130 Years Thursday, December 11 - 2:00 PM
A Counterpoint Christmas Concert
A Service of Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 14, 2008 at the 10:00 AM service
Jazz Sunday with Onion River Jazz Band January 18 at the 10 AM service
A Broadway Cabaret Celebrating The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber Saturday, March 7 at 7:00 PM
Rutland Area Chorus Spring ConcertMusic of the Italian Baroque Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 7:00 PM St. Peters Church
Contradance Sunday, June 7
Rip Jackson’s Student Recital and Benefit for the Church Budget Tuesday, June 16 7 PM in the Grace Church Sanctuary
A Broadway Cabaret Sunday, July 12 at 7 PM
Grace Church Sanctuary
2007-2008 Concert Series
German Baroque Concert Sunday, November 4, 2007 7:00 PM Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Rip Jackson and guest musicians perform music of the Baroque era
Community Thanksgiving Service at IHM Sunday, November 18, 2007 7:00 PM
Handel's Messiah Sunday, December 2, 2007 3:30 and 7:00 PM Rutland Area Chorus and Orchestra with soloists
Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 9, 2007 10:00 AM
Contradance January 26, 2008
A Broadway Cabaret Sunday, March 2, 2008 7:00 PM
Holy Week March 16-23, 2008 Good Friday service (March 21) Festival Choir
Paul Winter's Missa Gaia
Rutland Area Chorus and Orchestra Saturday, May31, 2008 7:30 PM
Children of Eden
Stephen Schwartz July 24-26, 2008 Paramount Theatre
Four Shillings Short: a Celtic/World Music Duo
Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 7:30 PM
Jazz Sunday - November 12
Soli Deo Gloria: The Life and Music of Johann Sebastian Bach Sunday, November 18, 2007
Lessons and Carols
Martin Luther King Celebration Sunday, January 14, 2007
A Concert of Spirituals Sunday, March 4, 2007
Grace Church Teen and Children’s Choirs Showcase of Talent Saturday, May 5, 2007
Vocal Recital – Jean Mee & Brian Narkewicz Sunday, May 6, 2007Montpelier Area Gospel Choir Concert in Rutland May 13, 2007 Charpentier’s Missa “Assumpta Est Maria” Sunday, May 20, 2007 Sophia Chamberlain Vocal Recital June 23. 2007
Village Harmony Concert July 23, 2007
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