'Something about Mary'

| 15 Feb 2012 | 09:48

Music in Central Valley presents a Sunday afternoon of Marian Music on Oct. 23 with the Vassar College Women’s Chorus, Central Valley — On Sunday, Oct. 23, Music in Central Valley presents the Vassar College Women’s Chorus under the direction of Drew Minter in a program entitled “Something about Mary: Nine Centuries of Marian Music.” Also featured will be Britten’s Missa Brevis for treble voices with organist Darren Motise. The program takes place at Central Valley United Methodist Church, 12 Smith Clove Road, at 3 p.m. The church is handicapped accessible. For information, call 928-6570. The Women’s Chorus has toured with success in the United States, Puerto Rico, Germany, Spain, and Turkey. The director for this concert, Drew Minter, is recognized internationally as one of the finest countertenors, appearing in leading rolels with the opera companies of Brussels, Nice, Sante Fe and Glimmerglass among others. Considered a specialist in the works of Handel, he has sung with many of the world’s leading baroque orchestras - Les Arts Florissants, the Handel and Haydn Society, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Freiburger Barokorchester. He also has appeared in festivals at Tanglewood, Ravinia, Spoleto and Edinburgh. Admission free, although donations are accepted at the door. Future concerts The Music in Central Valley series also will include: Soprano Christine Howlett in a program entitled “Love, Raise Your Voice,” on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. She will be accompanied by violinist Patrick Wood Uribe and pianist Holly Chatham. On Jan. 22, the Young Artists of Monroe-Woodbury High School will present an afternoon of instrumental and vocal music. And on March 18, the New Paltz Trio with oboist Joel Evans, violist Valentina Charlap-Evans and pianist Ruthanne Schempf will perform works by Handel, Loeffler, Rachmaninoff and Saint-Saens.