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The Metropolitan Chorale is a 100-voice auditioned chorus, and one of Boston’s premier vocal ensembles.

The chorale is a vibrant community of musicians drawn together by a commitment to performing stellar repertoire at high standards, while fostering a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

 

 

2018-2019 Season

Thank you for being a part of our 2018-2019 Concert Season!


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Verdi: Requiem

Sunday, November 11th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Jordan Hall, Boston
in collaboration with the Commonwealth Chorale

The combined voices of the Metropolitan and Commonwealth Chorales present Verdi’s titanic masterpiece. The 180-voiced chorus performs under the baton of Lisa Graham in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall.

Concert information:

Verdi Requiem Soloist Profile: Antonia Tamer
Verdi Requiem Soloist Profile: Vera Savage
Verdi Requiem Soloist Profile: Yeghishe Manucharyan
Verdi Soloist Profile: James Harrington

2018 Holiday Pops

Various Dates
We join Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops on their annual Holiday Tour

The Creative Impulse

Sunday, March 10th, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
All Saints Parish, Brookline

Menotti: The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore

R. Murray Schafer: A Medieval Bestiary
Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
First Church, Cambridge

The Metropolitan Chorale is joined by fellow Boston area creative arts forces the Puppet Showplace Theater and The Callithumpian Consort to present “The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore” by Gian Carlo Menotti and “A Medieval Bestiary” by R. Murray Schafer.

The stories of both pieces will be on display through the work of the Puppet Showplace Theater, led by Artistic Director Roxanna Myhrum.

In “A Medieval Bestiary,” we invite you to explore the curious headspace of the 12th century writers of “A Book of Beasts.” The animal descriptions, while perplexing to modern audiences, reveal an ability to simultaneously see the biological, moral, and divine dimensions of each creature. The texts, and Schafer’s music, put us in touch with our very real sense of yearning to feel connected to the beauty, mystery, and meaning of the natural world. To express this complicated sentiment we have combined the medieval illustrations with contemporary shadow theater and the embodied form of worship known as liturgical dance. In this form, light can both illuminate and distort what we perceive and we can explore what it feels like for images of god, man, and beast to all occupy the same shadowy realm.

In “The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore,” we were inspired by Menotti’s allegory about the relationship between an artist, his work, and the public who receives him. Using pageant puppetry, mask performance, and commedia dell’arte, we explore the relations between creativity, commissions, and commodities. The artist, a reclusive poet, delights in the whimsical creativity that springs forth from his quill pen. The outside world sees his unique creations as a series of extraordinary pets: a unicorn, representing his innocent and naïve creative work; a gorgon, made giant through success, fame, and pride; and a manticore, weakened by age and wanting to be left alone. In each case, a wealthy countess demands to possess a similar pet, though her relationship to the creature is only about money and status rather than care and creativity. Similarly, the townspeople demand cheap replicas so they can keep up with fashions, but are willing to throw everything away when trends change. But when our lives are in their waning hours, which of these creatures will provide actual comfort?

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You can also mail your donation to:
Metropolitan Chorale
PO Box 1428
Brookline, MA 02446

ADVERTISING WITH US

The Metropolitan Chorale is grateful for the support of our advertisers from across the Boston metro area.

We thank the following businesses and organizations who partnered with us for the 2018-19 season!

Abaris Financial  •  All Newton Music School  •  Berkshire Chorale International  Boston Baroque  •  Brookline Bank  •  Clarity Accent Reduction  •  Creative Yoga  Framer’s Workshop  Green Energy Consumer Alliance  •  HC Studio  •  Jonathan Raisz •  Laskyhomesmith Services  •  Lauren Carroll of Compass Realty  •  Little Children Schoolhouse  •  Marika Antiques  •  Phinix GrillSafety Partners  Stewart International  Sunshine Academy  Wellness in Motion Boston  Winslow Evans Crocker

For more information about ad rates and specs, click here.

AMAZON SMILE

If you shop on Amazon, you can help support the Metropolitan Chorale [aka Brookline Chorus] by starting your shopping using this Amazon Smile link. A portion of the proceeds from your purchases will be donated to us. Thank you!

SPONSORS

The Metropolitan Chorale is proud to acknowledge our support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Their collaboration ensures our success and in turn enriches our whole community.

Artists

LISA GRAHAM, Music Director

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Lisa Graham is in her fifteenth season as Music Director of the Metropolitan Chorale. Under her leadership, the Chorale’s membership has grown in size to 100 members who hail from communities throughout the Boston area. Dr. Graham has shaped the Chorale’s programming to include contemporary, American, and lesser-known programs, alongside the masterworks of the repertory. She has enhanced the reputation and reach of the Chorale through collaborations with acclaimed vocalists and instrumentalists, as well as established composers of our day. In a review of her guest appearance conducting the Metropolitan Chorale and the Boston Pops last December, Broadway World praised Dr. Graham as “a spellbinding maestro, balletic in her direction … a great connection with her performers on stage.”

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JULIA SCOTT CAREY, Collaborative Pianist

Julia Scott Carey began her music training at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where she received the Lanier Prize for Most Outstanding Graduating Senior. She was one of the first students admitted to the Harvard-New England Conservatory joint degree program, through which she received a master’s degree in composition. She received a second master’s degree in collaborative piano from Boston University.

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Artists-in-Residence


Caroline Corrales

Soprano Caroline Corrales is proud to make her Boston debut with the Metropolitan Chorale. Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Webster University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree from Boston University. Recent stage credits include Maria in Jasper Sullivan’s A Shell of a Troll (world premiere), Fairy Godmother in Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon, Madame Herz in W. A. Mozart’s The Impresario, and Sophie in Jules Massanet’s Werther. She made her European debut in Périgeux, France, in the role of Guadalena in Jacques Offenbach’s La Périchole. This past spring she was named a winner of the Southern Illinois Young Artist Organization’s annual Vocal Competition, and she was previously a Regional Winner of the New York Lyric Opera Competition.

She currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts with her husband and two young children.

Alexandra Dietrich

Alexandra Dietrich, originally from Freeport, Maine, is a mezzo-soprano who has been praised for singing with “passion and understanding”. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a BM in Music Performance and attended the Longy School of Music for her GPD in Opera.

Alexandra has performed with many Boston area opera companies and orchestras including Odyssey Opera, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, OperaHub, Eureka Ensemble, and MetroWest Opera where her recent performance as Jo March in “Little Women” was hailed as “large of personality with an instrument to match” and possesed “polish and star power” and was awarded the Arts Impulse Award for Best Female Performer in an Opera this past March . Favorite roles to date include Anita in “West Side Story” with Asheville Lyric Opera, Jade Boucher in the New England Premiere of “Dead Man Walking”, and Carmen in NEMPAC Opera’s “Carmen”. She is the proud mother of her one year old son, Javier Tadeo. Please visit www.alexandradietrich.com for more information about upcoming performances.

Michael Merullo

After having the privilege of singing alongside the Metropolitan Chorale in the Boston Pops’ Holiday tours for the past three  years, tenor Michael Merullo is thrilled to participate in the choir in a new role as tenor AIR. As a native Bostonian, Michaelperforms mostly in the local opera, choral and musical theatre communities. This season Michael will return to the Odyssey Opera stage to perform a concert version of Charles Gounod’s La reine deSaba (The Queen of Sheba.) Michael looks forward to singing the tenor recitative in Bach Cantata 140, “Sleepers, awake” with the Cantata Singers.  

Previous engagements include his annual involvement with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra in their winter opera, performing in the world premiere of the Ouroboros Trilogy of operas and his solo work with the Sippican Choral Society. When he is not performing, Michael offers voice lessons to young singers in the Boston area. Outside of his life as a musician,Michael works as a Realtor and is a proud uncle to three wonderfully creative and energetic superstars. For more information, please visit www.michaelmerullomusic.com

Christopher Weigel

Christopher Weigel, baritone, is quickly becoming an established classical singer, teacher, composer, actor, and contemporary recording artist. Since earning an M.M. from New England Conservatory (NEC) in 2013, immediately following his bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College, Christopher has served as music director at two Boston Catholic schools and now teaches music in the Stoughton Public Schools.

While at NEC, Christopher starred in a traveling outreach opera for children in Greater Boston and held a lead role in the US premiere of Rossini’s La Gazzetta. He was also a dueling pianist at the famous Lansdowne Pub at Fenway and sang in the opening quartet for Keith Lockhart’s Christmas Carol Sing-Along with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

This past year he premiered a recently discovered cantata by Giacomo Carissimi at the University of Hartford under Dr. Susan Mardinly (with grateful permission from Biblioteca of Venice Conservatory of Music “Benedetto Marcello”). For the past four years, he has enjoyed touring with the Metropolitan Chorale and Boston Pops on their annual Holiday Tour.

Christopher currently writes and records new music in Boston, where he lives, while actively pursuing new opportunities in his music career. Learn more at www.ChristopherWeigel.com.