Celebrating Amy Beach

October 27, 2017 - 12:41pm -- Michele Berman

From the Newton Tab November 25, 2017:

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 8 pm, Commonwealth Chorale celebrates the extraordinary legacy of America’s first woman composer, Amy Beach, with a performance of her Grand Mass in E-flat Major, Opus 5.

Music Director David Carrier conducts the acclaimed New England Philharmonic, the Chorale, and soloists Dana Lynne Varga, Soprano; Vera Savage, Mezzo-soprano; Matthew Anderson, Tenor; and Sean Galligan, Baritone in this large-scale, Romantic style piece.

In a season of Beach celebrations, her birth 150 years ago, the premiere of her Grand Mass by the Handel and Haydn Society 125 years ago, Commonwealth Chorale adds its own celebration, a premiere. Thanks to a new critical edition by Dr. Matthew Phelps of Nashville, the Mass has been brought out of obscurity.  It is now possible for performers to read her scores clearly and for fans to discover her true musical genius. Phelps will give a brief talk at 8:00 pm.

This Commonwealth Composer Concert will be held at Church of the Holy Name, 1689 Centre Street, West Roxbury, and is sponsored by a generous gift from Timothy and Jane Gillette.

Parking: handicap is available, general parking on street and at nearby lots.  Tickets: General admission, $30, Preferred, $35, Student / Senior, $25. Space is limited. It’s best to order now online at www.CommonwealthChorale.com.

Amy Beach, considered the “grande dame of American classical music,” used her status to further the careers of many young female composers.  Go online to learn more.


Martha Bancroft   

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