St Mary Schola Testimonial
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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.


Spring Concert - Combat and Carols

A joyous spring concert featuring Monteverdi’s rarely performed drama ‘The Combat between Tancred and Clorinda’ interpreted by the Schola soloists and guest dancers of the Portland Ballet, accompanied by strings, harpsichord, archlute. Light hearted madrigals and a Handel Chandos anthem will complete the concert.

Friday, May 29, 7:30 PM, Cathedral of Saint Luke, Portland
You may buy tickets for this concert here.

Sunday, May 31, 4 PM, Church of Saint Mary, Falmouth
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Tuesday, Jun 2, 7:30 PM, First Parish Church, Brunswick
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Choreographer Colleen Edwards and dancers Erica Diesl and Kaleigh Natale
to accompany the concert with dance.

Combat and Carols

Songs of Love and War

Come dolce hoggi l’auretta, Claudio Monteverdi

O mio bene, Claudio Monteverdi

Armato il cor d’amantina fede, Claudio Monteverdi

Ardo, avvampo, mi struggo, Claudio Monteverdi

Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Claudio Monteverdi


O praise the Lord with one consent, Chandos Anthem No. 9,
George Frederic Handel

I. Chorus: O praise the Lord with one consent

II. Air for alto: Praise Him, all ye that in this house (transposed to F minor)

III. Air for tenor: For this is our truest int’rest

IV. Air for bass: That God is great

V. Chorus: With cheerful notes let all the earth

VI. Air for soprano: God’s tender mercy knows no bounds
VII. Chorus: Ye boundless realms of joy

VIII. Chorus: Your voices raise

Updated: 5/1/2015