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The Saint 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.



Concert Dates for the 2016-2017 season!


2016

December Concert: 'Natus est"

The St Mary Schola, Maine’s premiere early music ensemble will present their annual Christmas program, ‘Natus est,’:

  • December 11, 4 PM, at the Church of St. Mary, Falmouth;
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  • Dec. 13, 7:30 PM, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland;
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  • Dec. 14, 7:30 PM, at the Cathedral of St. Luke, Portland.
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Audiences have consistently enjoyed hearing some of Maine’s most noted soloists and instrumentalists in Schola programs.

The first half of this Christmas concert will feature festive medieval processionals, mystical chants, a sumptuous motet by Bruckner, and Renaissance madrigals by Byrd and an Advent duet by Bach. In the concert’s second half, the Schola will present Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s delightful ‘In Nativitatem Domini,’ in which the preparation for a savior and the narration of Christ’s birth is beautifully depicted with radiant solos, choruses and marches, all accompanied by period instruments such as violins, viola, cello, viola da gamba, organ, lute and recorders.

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2017

BACH+
  • Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Episcopal Church of St. Mary in Falmouth 
  • Sunday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., St. Paul's Church, Brunswick

The Oratorio Chorale and guest artists from the St Mary Schola join the Chorale's Chamber Ensemble for two Baroque vocal masterworks, Johann Sebastian Bach's 'Jesu Meine Freude,' one of his most beloved and intricate vocal works, and Heinrich Schütz's 'Musikalische Exequien,' which inspired the composition of Brahms's Requiem 200 years later.



 

Lenten Concert: 
  • Friday, March 31, 7:30 PM, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland; 
  • Sunday, April 2, 4:00 PM, Church of St. Mary, Falmouth; 
  • Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 PM, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland

This concert features some sublime music for the Lenten season. Bach’s poignant aria from Cantata 42 has ecstatic music for mezzo soprano, oboe, violin and strings as well as a rousing sinfonia for the instrumental ensemble.

There are two major master works by Lassus and Gesualdo with extraordinarily chromatic harmonies that are rarely performed.

Another Bach aria for bass, oboe and strings ushers us into the passion week.

The final works from the first half include a mysterious medieval setting of ‘Ave Regina Caelorum’ by Guillaume Dufay and an absolutely radiant five part setting of the famous ‘Ave Maria’ text by Palestrina.

The second half presents Handel’s Chandos Anthem number six, called ‘As pants the hart,’ based on the text from psalm 42. It begins with a vigorous sinfonia for oboe and strings and continues with a six part setting of the opening lines, with contrapuntal majesty equal to Bach’s great choral writing.

Handel’s genius for writing for the human voice includes some heartfelt arias and duets for soprano and tenor an a final vigorous fugue for the whole ensemble.

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Spring Concert:
  • Saturday June 10, 7:30 PM, Church of St Mary, Falmouth
  • Sunday June 11, 4:00 PM, First Church of Christ Congregational, North Conway, NH
  • Tuesday June 13, 7:30 PM, Cathedral of St. Luke, Portland
  • Friday June 16, 7:30 PM, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland

The St Mary Schola's spring concert features joyous music that will make you want to pick up your fee and dance! The golden age of Elizabethan madrigals is celebrated with lively spring songs by Thomas Morley and John Dowland. Songs by the early baroque master, Henry Purcell and enticing French ‘airs de cour’ are also included, as well as a toe tapping ‘ballo’ by Monteverdi.

The second half of the concert will feature excerpts from Christoph Willibald Glück’s masterpiece, ‘Orfeo and Euridice.’ The stormy underworld scene is filled with great drama and, of course, the famous aria, ‘che farò senz’ Euridice.’ This music is rarely performed, so this is a unique opportunity to hear the enchanting music with some of northern New England’s best singers and instrumentalists.

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Updated: 11/3/2016