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Der Geist Spricht (The Spirit Speaks)

Location: Vermont, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Voicing: Mixed
The Blanche Moyse Chorale, an affiliate of the Brattleboro Music Center in Brattleboro, Vermont will present “Der Geist Spricht” (“The Spirit Speaks”) on Friday, May 13, 8 pm in Bellows Falls and Sunday, May 15, 4 pm in Brattleboro. 
 
Under the direction of Mary Westbrook-Geha, the Chorale will perform a varied program of sacred works by a single composer: the German baroque master Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672).  While this program will obviously appeal to confirmed Schütz lovers, it will also appeal to anyone who appreciates a rich choral sound and finely crafted harmonic and rhythmic tapestries.
 
For this concert, Westbrook-Geha has selected two motets, “Selig sind die Toten” and “Ich weiss das mein Erlöser lebt”, followed by Psalm 116, “Das ist mir lieb”.  The final selection will be Schütz’s setting of a Lutheran funeral rite, known as the Musikalische Exequien
 
Throughout the concert, the Chorale will sing in 6-part, 7-part, and 8-part harmony, with contrast provided by occasional solo ensembles.  During the Musikalische Exequien, continuo support will be provided by Daire FitzGerald, cello, and Gregory Hayes, baroque organ, both of whom are well known to Brattleboro area audiences.
 
The Bellows Falls concert will be held at 8:00 PM on Friday, May 13, at Immanuel Episcopal Church (the “Stone Church”), 20 Church Street.  The Brattleboro concert will be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, May 15, at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, and $10 for students and seniors.  Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Brattleboro Music Center, 802-257-4523, 38 Walnut Street, Brattleboro, Vermont; from Chorale members; or on-line at www.bmcvt.org.  For more information please call the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523. 
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