The Monadnock Chorus will be hosting our 2018 Summer Sing on Wednesday, August 22nd from 5-8:30PM! (registration will start at 4:30PM). Our Summer Sing will be held in Francestown at the Meeting House. We will rehearse and then do an informal performance of Handel's "Semele." Stay tuned for information and choral scores to download for the event! The Summer Sing is open to anyone interested in singing with us, even if just for the evening. Dr. Matthew Leese will be directing. We will be accompanied for the evening by Christina Wright Ivanova on piano and Rebecca Hartka on cello.
There will be a small registration fee for this event to cover score and musician costs, and you can register in advance at the following link(TBD):
Downloadable scores will be available soon - stay tuned!
Here is a link to a playlist containing choral movements we'll be singing
Information about Semele taken From Wikipedia:
Semele (HWV 58) is a 'musical drama', originally presented "after the manner of an oratorio", in three parts by George Frideric Handel. Based on a pre-existent opera libretto by William Congreve, the work is an opera in all but name but was first presented in concert form at Covent Garden theatre on 10 February 1744. The story comes from Ovid's Metamorphoses and concerns Semele, mother of Bacchus. Handel also referred to the work as 'The Story of Semele'.
The work fuses elements of opera, oratorio and classical drama. Semele was presented during Lent, one of Handel's regular oratorio seasons. However it was not what London audiences were expecting of an oratorio during the solemn season of Lent- Semele has a secular text with a story involving an adulterous sexual relationship. It is distinguished from Handel's operas by the large number of polyphonic choruses. Semele was performed four times during its original run, and twice again later the same year, but those were the only performances in Handel's lifetime. Today Semele is frequently fully staged and receives regular performances at many of the world's opera houses, as well as performances in concert form.
Story synopsis: Jupiter, King of the gods, takes the mortal Princess Semele to a secret hiding place on a mountain to be his mistress. When Jupiter's wife, Juno, hears of her husband's adultery she is enraged, and plots to ensure Semele's downfall. In disguise, Juno appeals to the girl's vanity and persuades her to insist on seeing her lover in his divine form. Jupiter reluctantly agrees but his thunderbolts burn and consume Semele. From her ashes, though, arise her unborn child by Jupiter - Bacchus, god of wine and ecstasy.