BRUNSWICK – The Oratorio Chorale, the Maine Chamber Ensemble and a trio of soloists will join under the baton of Peter Frewen to offer Franz Joseph Haydn’s “The Seasons” in the chorale’s final concert of the 2008-09 season.

Soloists are Danielle Vayenas, soprano; Douglas Barley, tenor; and John D. Adams, bass.

Concerts will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Orion Performing Arts Center in Topsham; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at the Freeport Performing Arts Center.

In this monumental work, which took three years to complete, Haydn used his 50 years of experience in composing to create a work characterized by beautiful orchestration in which the capabilities of both solo voices and instruments are strikingly displayed.

Soloists, chorus and orchestra intertwine to draw a vivid musical picture of each season – rejoicing in the gentle arrival of spring, the power of a summer storm, a hunt and the celebration after in autumn, and the somberness of winter.

Through it all runs a thread of the awareness of the beauty of nature and the presence of a supreme being, as expressed in the final movement, “Direct us in thy ways, O God; support us in the strife.”

Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door; students half-price; children under 12 admitted free. Tickets are available at Starbird Music and Longfellow Books in Portland, Books Etc. in Falmouth, Claytons’s in Yarmouth, Gulf of Maine Bookstore in Brunswick, Mason Street Mercantile and Magnolia’s in Bath,Treats in Wiscasset, and The Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta. Tickets are also available from chorale members. For more information, call 725-1420.


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