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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.
Joyful Noise - Teen Choir (grades 7-college) : Rehearsals are Sundays 11:45 - 12:30 p.m.
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.
2011-2012 Concert Series
Peace Concert with Counterpoint and Robert De Cormier
Saturday, September 24 at 7 pm
Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington, VT
The Grace Church Choir has accepted an invitation to sing in the 4th annual Peace Concert at Ira Allen Chapel on the UVM campus in Burlington, VT hosted by Counterpoint. The concert will be September 24 at 7 p.m. Grace Church Choir as well as five other choirs will perform individually and then all choirs will combine for a few selections. Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary will sing with the choirs. There is no charge for the concert but a free-will offering will be accepted.
Rip Jackson Organ Concert
Sunday, September 25 at 4 pm
Our Minister of Music, Rip Jackson, will perform a progressive organ concert in Woodstock, Vermont on Sunday, September 25 at 4 p.m. He will play three, twenty-five minute sets on three different historical organs in Woodstock. The program will begin at Our Lady of the Snows Church located at 7 South Street at 4 p.m. Following a short program on the 1891 J. W. Steere and Sons tracker pipe organ, the concert will progress to North Universalist Chapel (UU) located at 7 Church Street (Rte. 4) to hear the Hutchings organ of 1875. The progression will back track a short distance to St. James Episcopal Church on the Green to hear the most recent of the three organs (1986) by local builder, A. David Moore, Inc. based in North Pomfret. There is no charge for admission, although free-will donations will be accepted at the door. Please contact the Pentangle Arts Council at 802.457.398/www.pentanglearts.org for more information.
New York City Trip
December 16-17, 2011
Grace Church is again sponsoring a trip to New York City in December. Friday evening, December 16, we will hear the Paul Winter Consort in their Solstice concert at the beautiful Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Saturday morning, December 17, we will tour the memorial at One World Trade Center. Saturday afternoon we will see the Broadway show Sister Act. Bus transportation and hotel are included in the price. Meals are extra. The price is $275. The $125 non-refundable deposit is due ASAP, the remainder around November 1. (The deposit is non-refundable if we go; it will be refunded to you if we don’t go). If you are interested, please contact Diane Chartrand (775-4301 x 208 or email@example.com).
Rutland Area Chorus Rehearsals begin for Handel’s Messiah
In preparation for Grace Congregational Church’s annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah on December 4 at 3:30 and 7 PM, the Rutland Area Chorus will resume practices beginning Sunday, November 6. Anyone is invited to join in singing this great baroque masterpiece depicting the prophecy and birth of Jesus Christ. The rehearsals will be 2 - 4 pm Sunday afternoons in November in Fellowship Hall. The dress rehearsal on December 3 from 12:30 to 2:45 pm is mandatory. Plan to show up early to register on November 6! Call Diane Chartrand at 775-4301 ext. 208 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Grace Festival Choir Rehearsals will begin in November!
On December 11 at the 10 am service, Grace Church will celebrate the Advent and Christmas season with a “Service of Lessons and Carols” featuring the Grace Church Festival Choir, an expanded group of choristers including the Sanctuary Choir and other singer. The choir will sing anthems, carols and other a cappella music depicting the prophesy and birth of Jesus Christ. These choral selections will be interspersed with Advent and Christmas biblical readings from the King James Bible. The Festival Choir is open to anyone in the church who would want to sing in this moving choral service. Watch the Sunday bulletin and the November Star for rehearsal dates and times. Call Diane Chartrand at 775-4301 ext. 208 (email@example.com) for more information.
Handel’s Messiah Sunday, December 4 at 3:30 and 7 PM
On Sunday, December 4, 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, Cameron Steinmetz of Rutland and Richard Mazzaferro of Troy, NY. Handel’s Messiah, one of the great Baroque choral masterpieces, depicts the biblical prophecy and birth of Jesus Christ. The chorus and orchestra will perform all of the Christmas Part 1, as well as the “Hallelujah Chorus” from the Lent Part 2, and the “Worthy is the Lamb” and “Amen” from the Easter Part 3. 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.
A Service of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 11 at the 10 a.m. Service
On December 11, at the 10 a.m. service, Grace Church will celebrate the Advent and Christmas season with “A service of 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 the Downtown Brass. These choral selections will be interspersed with advent and Christmas readings from the King James Bible. For more information, please call Grace Church Office at 775-4301.
Jazz Sunday - January 15
On Sunday, January 15 at the 10 a.m. service, Grace Church will worship in a special jazz service in celebration of Martin Luther King 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.
Four Shillings Short ~ Celtic, Folk and World Music
SUNDAY, APRIL 15 4:00 to 6:00 pm
The Celtic/Folk/World music duo Four Shillings Short play Traditional & Original music from Ireland and Scotland, Indian Ragas, Folk Ballads, Old-Time songs, Medieval & Renaissance instrumentals and a cappella numbers on a fantastic array of instruments (over 30) including Hammered Dulcimer, Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Tinwhistles, Recorders, Medieval and Renaissance Woodwinds, North Indian Sitar, Charango, Bowed Psaltery, Banjo, Bodhran, Guitar, Percussion, vocals and even a Krumhorn. WEB SITE: www.fourshillingsshort.com
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
Sunday, April 29, Grace Church is hosting the Vermont Conference Southwest Association-wide Earth Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. The biblical readings, music, prayers and writings will be uplifting the miracle of God’s Creation of the Earth. The choir and soloists will sing music from Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia Earth Mass: A Mass in Celebration of Mother Earth. Integrating world music with songs from the wild to celebrate the whole earth as a sacred space, the Missa Gaia was commissioned by the Dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine as a contemporary ecumenical Mass. Paul Winter has “achieved a distinguished triumph in combining divergent music styles and imaginatively wedding voices, instrumentation and recorded sounds of a tundra wolf, canyon and musical wrens, harp seals, a flight of loons and singing humpback whales.”
Grace Church and Castleton State College present
Penn State University’s Essence of Joy in Concert
Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Grace Church and Castleton State College welcome "Essence of Joy" from Pennsylvania State University School of Music. "Essence of Joy", directed by Dr. Tony Leach, will present an upbeat concert of African-American Spirituals and Gospel music. The concert will also feature the Grace Church Festival Choir, Castleton State College Collegiate Chorale, House Blend and Mill River HIgh School's Senior Chorus. The performance will come to a glorious finish with the combined ensembles directed by Dr. Leach. Please join us for this wonderful celebration of music! A free-will offering will be received.
"Essence of Joy" is one of ten choral ensembles at Penn State University School of Music. Organized in November 1991, the choir has performed sacred and secular music from the African and African American traditions all over the United States and in Poland, the Czech Republic, and South Africa. “Essence of Joy” has performed at the Lincoln Center and the Schomburg Museum in New York City, and has sung for many national music conferences for organizations such as the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. The ensemble's mission is to learn, present, and promote African and African-American sacred and secular music in an effort to entertain, inspire, affirm and unify the worldwide community.
Director and founder, Dr. Tony Leach, is an Associate Professor of Music and Music Education at the Pennsylvania State University. His choirs have performed at festivals throughout the United States and Canada and all over Europe. He frequently appears as a guest conductor for choral festivals and workshops, including the Vermont All State Music Festival in Spring 2011. He has presented seminars and workshops for professional and music organizations in America and beyond, and is also a well-known organist, piano accompanist, and composer/arranger.
New England Winds
Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m.
Join the Air Force Band of Liberty’s New England Winds for an evening of delightful musical entertainment, Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. at Grace Church. This outstanding musical group is currently on tour in our area from Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. They present a program featuring something for all musical tastes: popular, Broadway, patriotic, jazz and folk music, as well as pieces from the traditional woodwind quintet repertoire. The program is sponsored by Grace Church and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-775-4301.
Grace Church’s Youth and Children’s Choirs will present A Showcase of Talent
Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m.
Grace Church Children’s Choir and Joyful Noise will present a variety show Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m. Youth solo and choral singers, instrumentalists and dancers will celebrate God’s gift of the performing arts. The Children’s Choir will sing selections from The Sound of Music and Joyful Noise will sing and dance medleys from the Broadway musicals Rent and Godspell . A free-will offering will be received to benefit Jenn Wright’s HEAL the Children Foundation. For more information, please call 775-4301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please Note: A benefit dinner and silent auction beginning at 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall will precede the Showcase of Talent.
Leonard Bernstein’s Mass
Paramount Theatre, Rutland VT
Friday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 30 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $15 and $20
Directed by Rip Jackson ~ Stage Direction and Choreography by Maris Wolff
Grace Church will present Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, a setting of the Roman Catholic Mass, with additional texts by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Schwartz. Bernstein’s Mass is a piece that relates the drama of a Celebrant whose faith is simple and pure at first, but gradually becomes unsustainable under the weight of human misery, corruption, and the trappings of his own power. Mass is an enormous piece. It calls for a large pit orchestra, two choruses plus a children’s choir, a Broadway-sized cast, a dance ensemble, marching band and a rock band. This production will be directed by Rip Jackson with collaboration from Maris Wolff (choreography and stage direction). This unique and deeply moving performance will feature the Rutland Area Chorus and Children’s Ensemble, The Vermont Dance Collective, Music Theatre soloists and a large orchestra.
Benjamin Green’s Senior Bass Recital Sunday, July 22 at 3 p.m.
Accompaniment by Rip Jackson, piano; Licia Gambino-Hamilton, flute; and Marc Whitman, percussion
Benjamin Green, recently graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Music degree, invites you to his senior recital July 22 at 3 p.m. Pieces to be performed will include Claude Bolling’s Jazz Suites, the Paganini “Moses” Variations, and Misek’s Double Bass Sonata No. 2 in E minor. Benjamin has been a member of the Grace Congregational Church for many years, participating in Joyful Noise Choir, the Sanctuary Choir, Handel’s Messiah, and most recently, Bernstein’s Mass . Benjamin is excited to give back to such a wonderful and musically vibrant congregation, and hopes to see all of you there. A free-will offering will be received to benefit Jennifer Wright’s HEAL the Children Foundation .
Natalie Brierre’s Senior Vocal Recital ~ Sunday, August 12 at 2 p.m.
accompaniment by Rip Jackson, piano and Ben Green, bass
Natalie Brierre recently graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Arts, studying Theatre. She has been a member of Joyful Noise and participated in Miss Saigon and the Bernstein Mass. On Sunday, August 12 at 2 p.m., Natalie will be performing in a vocal recital with accompaniment by Rip Jackson, Ben Green, and other singers. She will be performing sacred, classical and musical theatre songs. It's going to be an afternoon of beautiful and entertaining music. We hope to see you all there! A free-will offering will be accepted to support Jenn Wright’s HEAL Raising Our World Foundation.
Grace Church Music Schedule 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
Counterpoint Concert Friday, October 15, 7:30 PM
Handel’s Messiah Sunday, December 5 at 3:30 and 7 PM
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
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 Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
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' Graduation Vocal Recital With accompaniment by Rip Jackson, piano and Ben Green, bass Sunday, August 14 at 3 PM
Grace Church Music Schedule 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 email@example.com.
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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