November 28, 2000

Choral Music for the Advent and
Christmas Seasons Dec. 10


MIDDLEBURY, Vt.―The Middlebury
College Chamber Singers and Early Music Vermont (EMV) will present a
concert of music for the Advent and Christmas seasons at 3 p.m. on
Sunday, Dec. 10, in the College’s Mead Chapel on Hepburn Road
off College Street (Route 125). The concert is free and open to the

The 15-voice Chamber Singers will
sing a cappella music from the Renaissance and 20th century. The
concert will feature Renaissance motets by 15th century English
composers William Byrd, Christian Erbach, and J. P. Sweelinck set to
traditional Advent and Christmas texts; traditional carols from
Spain, France, and Germany; as well as carol arrangements by Alice
Parker, Benjamin Britten, and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Members of Early Music Vermont will
present music written during the past millennium in honor of the
Virgin Mary. The six singers and instrumentalists will perform
chants, and Renaissance and baroque music by Guillaume Dufay, Robert
Cooper, Claudio Monteverdi, Byrd, and Britten. The program also
includes works from 13th-century Spanish manuscripts, 15th-century
English manuscripts, and the 16th-century hymn collection Piae
Canciones, as well as songs originating from Spain, Mexico, and

Also on the program are baroque works
for organ performed by George Matthew, Jr., carilloneur for
Middlebury College and organist for Middlebury Congregational

Founded a year ago, the Middlebury
College Chamber Singers perform under the direction of Jeff Rehbach.
Rehbach also conducts the Middlebury Congregational Church Choir and
Middlebury Community Chorus. He recently led the combined Community
and College Choirs as part of Middlebury College’s Continental
Harmony concert―and event held in honor of the College’s
Bicentennial. Last year the Chamber Choir performed full-length fall
and spring concerts, and toured in London, Oxford, and Paris. The
group also performed in a variety of concerts in late spring,
including the College’s Bicentennial opera gala, a program of
Bach chorales and organ preludes, and the College music
department’s chamber soloists concert.

Early Music Vermont also was formed
in the fall of 1999, and brings together singers and players from
throughout the state of Vermont who share a desire to study and
perform music of the past 1,000 years. The group’s founder and
artistic director, Marybeth McCaffrey, studies voice with Ellen
Hargis and Drew Minter, and has performed as a soloist with the
Amherst Early Music Collegium. EMV’s singers are members of the
Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus and numerous other choral ensembles
in the area. EMV presented a series of concerts throughout the state
last winter titled "Carols through the Millennium," and a second
series in the spring, summer, and early fall called "Music of Women
through the Millennium."

For more information about the Dec.
10 concert, contact Jeff Rehbach, conductor of the Middlebury College
Chamber Singers, at 802-443-5877.

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