Last Saturday afternoon, melodies filled Brunswick’s First Parish Church as Classical Uprising’s symphony of voices and instruments captivated audience members, even leading some to tears. This was “Messiah. Multiplied.”: German-born Baroque composer George Frideric Handel’s seminal work, performed in November in an effort to intentionally disassociate the work from Christmas and re-envisioned by Brooklyn-based ChamberQUEER in collaboration with Maine’s Oratorio Chorale and Classical Uprising.
Bowdoin Chorus and Oratorio Chorale bring composer Snider in residency for choirs’ final performance together
Editor’s Note May 6, 2023 at 5:40 p.m.: An earlier version of this article referred to Oratorio Chorale as Portland-based. This article has been updated as the Chorale works throughout Maine and has a long history in Brunswick.
Bowdoin Concert Band and Chorus conducted a variety of performances over the years, and for both groups, Bowdoin students aren’t the only ones performing. The band and chorus are medleys of students, alumni, high school students and all sorts of other community members.
The Fall 2021 semester marks the return of many musical programs at Bowdoin that have been on hold since the beginning of the pandemic, and, despite new restrictions and uncertainty, the Department of Music has still looked forward to the opportunity to perform for the Bowdoin community once again.
After a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, the Bowdoin Chamber Choir will resume rehearsals and performances for the 2021-2022 academic year. Lecturer in Music Jeffrey Christmas will serve as the group’s new faculty organizer following the retirement of previous organizer Professor of Music Emeritus Robert Greenlee.