On Monday, May 31, at 5 p.m., Bay Chamber Concerts, in partnership with Down East Singers, presents a virtual all-Rachmaninoff concert featuring members of Down East Singers and Bowdoin Chorus and guests to be premiered on both organizations' YouTube channels.
This concert is held each year by the Down East Singers to remember those whom we have lost. For this Memorial Day, in the face of a global pandemic, those losses are especially tragic, according to Bay Chamber, in a news release.
The choral repertoire includes an “early part song,” Chorus of Spirits and movements of Rachmaninoff’s 1910 Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (in Church Slavonic). A video recording of members of Down East Singers has been produced, with the chorus gathered in an open field in Cushing in observance of safety guidelines for vocalists. Videographer, Luke Fatora has produced two such films, weaving in views of the St. George River and the surrounding landscape, with images of the singers, dramatically led by conductor, Anthony Antolini. The chorus is accompanied by a brass ensemble and keyboardist Jennifer McIvor.
Bay Chamber provides a chamber music interlude featuring cellist Matthew Smith and pianist Peipei Song performing Rachmaninoff’s beloved Vocalise and then adding violinist Jesse MacDonald in a performance of the Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor. The chamber music recordings were produced by Roland Robitaille and filmed at Bay Chamber Music School in Rockport.
Viewers are invited to tune in for free to YouTube to view the concert on either Down East Singers’ channel or that of Bay Chamber Concerts. The broadcast will be premiered and remain available to audiences to view at their convenience.