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March 18, 2018

White Mountain Musical Arts

St Mary Schola

Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 4PM
at First Church of Christ Congregational, North Conway.
Admission is a suggested donation of $10
and will benefit the WMMA and its many programs planned for 2018.
The program will feature "Masterworks of Lent" - see below.

Lenten Concert
'Masterworks of Lent'

This Lenten program will feature some sublime music by Gesulado: his ‘Tenebarae factae sunt’ from Holy Week. These motets feature some of his most daring harmonies that powerfully depict the last hours of Christ’s life.

The Gesualdo pieces will be coupled with later masterworks that are in the ‘a cappella’ tradition: a sublime motet by Josef Rheinberger and the famous ‘Beati Quorum Via’ by C. V. Stanford.

Two great Bach cantata arias from ‘Ich habe genug’ and ‘Vergnügte Ruh’ and a Handel aria from ‘Theodora’ will also be included.

The final work will be ‘Jona,’ an early oratorio by the Italian master Carissimi. ‘Jona’ brilliantly brings to life Jonah’s story, complete with period instruments, sea storms and sea monsters.

The St Mary Schola, based at the Episcopal Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in Falmouth, Maine, is a professional early music ensemble devoted to the performance of master works from the medieval, renaissance and baroque eras. Composed of northern New England's finest singers and accompanying instrumentalists, this ensemble has gained a reputation for excellence and elegant chamber music, especially in the a cappella tradition.

The Schola presents enthusiastic audiences with literature that is seldom heard, including motets from such masters as Dufay, Victoria, Josquin Des Prez and William Byrd. There is often a special attention given to the great predecessor to Bach: Heinrich Schütz. The goals of the Saint Mary Schola are to provide the finest early music literature to New England audiences and promote professional vocal ensemble singing at the highest level.

You can hear St Mary Schola HERE


Bruce Fithian, Director

Bruce Scott Fithian made his
Carnegie Recital Hall debut
singing the song cycles of Michael.
He is currently Professor of Music
at the School of Music,
University of Southern Maine
and organist/choirmaster at
St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, Falmouth, Maine.


White Mountain Musical Art’s purpose in presenting live musical performances throughout the year is to awaken contemporary audiences to the vitality of 17th - 20th century music through historically informed performance of both familiar and unknown works - - as well as current, contemporary music performances from time to time. We hope through live performances, and educational programs to foster an awareness and appreciation of this music creating a cultural experience both for the immediate Mt. Washington Valley community and for the greater population of New Hampshire’s “North Country”.

Monarch Events, PO Box 934, North Conway, NH 03860