Advent Lessons and Carols
November 27, 28 & 29 — 4:30 pm
A candlelit service of Advent Lessons and Carols at the Church of the Transfiguration located at the Community of Jesus opens the season of Advent with readings, prayers, and carols sung by Gloriæ Dei Cantores. All are Welcome. Doors open one hour before each service, no tickets required. For more information, or to reserve handicap seating, call 508-240-2400.
Advent Lessons and Carols Repertoire:
All My heart today rejoices, Peeters
Star Carol, Rutter
Nativity Carol, Rutter
Jesus Child, Rutter
Bethlehem Down, Warlock
Noel! Un Enfant du Ciel, Du Caurroy
Shepherds Shake off your Drowsy Sleep, Blake
The Boar’s Head, Bax
My Master Hath a Garden, Thomson
Love Came Down at Christmas, Rutter
Mater Ora Filium, Bax
January 2, 2016 — 5:15 pm
All are Welcome. Doors open one hour before each service, no tickets required. For more information, or to reserve handicap seating, call 508-240-2400.
Under the direction of Richard K. Pugsley, featuring guest soloists Martha Guth (Soprano), Jossie Pérez (Alto), Limmie Pulliam (Tenor), and Andrew Nolen (Bass). Performed in the original German, the concerts will be accompanied by full orchestra, July 10 & 11 at the Church of the Transfiguration, a contemporary expression of an ancient basilican style of architecture, located at the Community of Jesus in Orleans, MA. Concerts are at 7:30pm, Pre-Concert Lecture at 6:45pm. Elijah Program Notes
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TICKET INFO: $35 general admission $30 senior admission 18 and under and students, free 508-240-2400
Soprano Martha Guth’s engagements include the Brahms Requiem in New York City (Sacred Music in a Sacred Space), Washington, D.C. (Cathedral Choral Society) and Grand Rapids (Calvin College, John Nelson conducting); Carmina Burana (Florida Orchestra, Mobile, West Michigan and Lima Symphonies), Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Evansville Philharmonic and Fourth Symphony with the Flagstaff Symphony, Mozart’s C Minor Mass with New York’s Voices of Ascension and Columbus, Ohio’s Pro Music Chamber Orchestra, Händel’s Messiah with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Columbia Pro Cantare and Gloriæ Dei Cantores and Poulenc’s Stabat Mater with the Spokane Symphony. She recently sang Frau Fluth in Boston Midsummer Opera’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and reprises the role of Older Alyce in Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied at Chelsea Opera. Winner of First Prize at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in London, she has been welcomed at Wigmore Hall with pianist Graham Johnson, New York’s Liederkranz Foundation with Dalton Baldwin, and MusicFest Vancouver with Erika Switzer.
Mezzo-soprano Jossie Pérez’s voice has been described as “a big smoky, mezzo-soprano with strong chest voice, expansive range and striking power all the way up to clarion top notes.” Her interpretation of the title role in Carmen was recently seen in Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Teatro Liceu, Barcelona, Spain; in Bogota, Columbia; in Shanghai and Beijing, China; as well as with Seiji Ozawa at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan. She will also be performing Carmen in Madrid, Spain, at The Teatro de la Zarzuela. Ms. Pérez had debuted Carmen with the Boston Lyric Opera where she performed in Boston Common for an audience of over 150,000 people. Other past performances include Portland Opera; Teatro de la Opera in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Les Amis du Lyrique en Bretagne in France. For the 2009–2010 season, Ms. Pérez was Cloe in L’arbore di Diana at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and Teatro Real de Madrid, and returned to Barcelona in the 2010–2011 season. Other recent engagements for the Puerto Rican mezzo-soprano have included performances of Prince Orlovski in Die Fledermaus, Opera Oviedo, Spain; Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro at Gran Teatre del Liceu; Maddalena in Rigoletto with Portland Opera; Charlotte in Werther in Seville under the baton of Michel Plasson; Sesto in La clemenza di Tito at the Liceu in Barcelona; Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Michigan Opera Theatre; Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri with Opera Pacific; Annio in La clemenza di Tito with Washington National Opera; and Sifare in Mitridate in Granada, Spain as well as concerts of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin. Ms. Pérez has been seen at the Metropolitan Opera in such roles as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro; the Second Lady in the premiere of Julie Taymor’s production of Die Zauberflöte; Lola in Cavalleria rusticana; Ascanio in Les Troyens; and Siébel in Faust; as well as roles in Ariadne auf Naxos, La traviata, Carmen, Hänsel und Gretel, and Parsifal. She has appeared in recital with Carol Vaness at the Casals Festival, and had successes as Maffio Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia in Oviedo, Spain; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni in San Antonio; and Dorabella in Così fan tutte in Santiago; the Spoleto Festival USA; and in Boston; as well as Idamante in Idomeneo in Washington, D.C. with Plácido Domingo. She also performed Ravel’s Chansons madecasses with James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble at Weill Recital Hall. Ms. Pérez was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the 2001 OPERALIA competition in Washington, D.C, and a Sara Tucker Study Grant from The Richard Tucker Music Foundation. She was also a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
American tenor Limmie Pulliam has thrilled audiences throughout the United States and Europe and has been praised for his captivating stage presence and his powerful and expressive voice. Mr. Pulliam, who trained at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with the late renowned pedagogue Richard Miller, is a former artist in residence with Cleveland Opera, Opera Delaware, and Memphis Opera. He has appeared in such roles as Nemorino in L’Elisir D’Amore, Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess, Romeo in Romeo et Juliette, Don Jose in Carmen among others. A versatile vocalist, Mr. Pulliam has appeared throughout the United States as a member and featured soloist of the internationally renowned American Spiritual Ensemble. During the upcoming 2015-16 season, Mr. Pulliam will make his role and company debut as Canio in I Pagliacci with Vashon Opera. With his third place finish, Mr. Pulliam was the highest placing male vocalist in the third Annual Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition in Catania, Sicily, in 2013. He was also selected as one of six finalists in the 2012 Wagner Division of the Liederkranz Vocal Competition. Mr. Pulliam was the 2012 Grand Prize Winner of the National Opera Association’s National Vocal Competition, where he was also presented with the Todd Duncan Legacy Award. Mr. Pulliam has appeared with such notable conductors as Maurizio Arena, Michael Ching, Ward Holmquist, Louis Lane, Stephen Lord, Michael Morgan and Robert Spano.
Juilliard-trained American bass-baritone Andrew Nolen has performed a diverse repertoire in opera and concert venues spanning the globe, from Carnegie Hall to the Royal Lyceum Theater in Edinburgh. Since joining the ensemble of Theater Krefeld-Mönchengladbach in 2011, he has sung numerous roles including the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, Oroveso in Norma, Swallow in Peter Grimes, Orsini in Rienzi, and Leporello in Don Giovanni. Mr. Nolen’s operatic roles include the title roles in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, Olin Blitch in Susannah, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, and Alexandr Petrovič in From the House of the Dead. He has performed with international theaters and companies such as the Brussels Kaaitheater, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theater, Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, Lyrique-en-Mer in France, Santa Fe Opera, Oper Bonn, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Dubai Festival Opera, the Wooster Group, and the Waverly Consort. Andrew can be heard as the bass soloist on Naxos of America’s box set of Haydn’s complete masses with maestra Jane Glover and the Rebel Orchestra. Andrew trained at Oberlin Conservatory, the Cincinnati Conservatory, and the Juilliard Opera Center, and was an apprentice with Seattle Opera and Santa Fe Opera. Mr. Nolen has worked under the direction of distinguished stage directors and conductors including Colin Graham, Elizabeth LeCompte, Frank Corsaro, Julius Rudel, Robert Shaw, Ton Koopman, Jane Glover, Robert Spano, and Stephen Lord, and is frequently the bass-baritone choice of composers to premiere new works.
A graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Pugsley studied with Lorraine Manz and Richard Miller. He also studied at New England Conservatory of Music and with the late Dr. Mary Berry, CBE, of the Schola Gregoriana in Cambridge, England. He has performed with Gloriæ Dei Cantores for over 20 years in concert halls and churches in 23 countries throughout Europe, Russia, and North America, and has conducted the choir for the past 15 years. Mr. Pugsley has been instrumental in creating the highly esteemed concert series at The Church of the Transfiguration located at the Community of Jesus. In collaboration with full orchestra, he has brought to life many monumental works including Handel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt, and Saul; Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors; and J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Recent works have included William Walton’s The Twelve, Poulenc’s Gloria, Durufle’s Requiem, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, with world-renowned soloists Andrew Nolen and Jossie Pérez; and Finzi’s Imitations of Immortality with tenor Limmie Pulliam. Under his leadership, Gloriæ Dei Cantores collaborated with Philippe Entremont and the Munich Symphony Orchestra performing Mozart’s Requiem on a 16-city tour of the United States. In addition to being conductor of both choral and orchestra ensembles, Pugsley has been hailed as an extraordinary teacher and coach of vocal technique. Numerous students have been taught at his studio. His own performance as the lead baritone in the New England premiere of Pilgrims Progress won accolades from the Boston Globe. Pugsley has also directed workshops with thousands of students throughout the world, and is a tenacious advocate for youth music education, Pugsley has produced over 25 recordings both choral and instrumental on the Paraclete Recordings record label, and is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in the Producers and Engineers wing. Pugsley most recently produced Gloriæ Dei Cantores’ collaborative Russian recording of Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil with an anticipated release in December 2015. His vision for creating transparency of sound between the listener and the recorded performer has led to the addition of surround sound, Super Audio Compact Discs and studio master downloads to the Gloriæ Dei Cantores recordings catalog. Notable recordings produced under Pugsley include Mozart: Rare Choral Works, praised for the “finely executed, energetic, vibrant choral ensemble singing and equally dynamic and tightly-knit orchestral accompaniment, expertly conducted by Richard Pugsley” (Classics Today) and Mandorla: Choral Masterworks of Frank Martin, Edvard Grieg, Howard Hanson, which ArkivMusic called “a terrific recording, featuring repertoire that only a truly imaginative mind would think of combining on one disc.”