When: Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 3:30 and 7:00 pm
Where: Grace Church Sanctuary
About: Grace UCC Presents, Handel’s Messiah
On Sunday, December 2, Grace Church will present the annual performances of Handel’s Messiah. The Rutland Area Chorus, soloists and orchestra will perform the concerts at 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. under the direction of Alastair Stout, Minister of Music at Grace Church. The Messiah soloists are soprano, Allison Devery-Steinmetz, of Montpelier; alto, Amy Frostman, of South Burlington; tenor, Cameron Steinmetz, of Montpelier; and bass, Zebulun McLellan, of Tinmouth. Handel’s Messiah, one of the great Baroque choral masterpieces, depicts the prophecy and birth of Jesus Christ as told by Isaiah, the prophet and the writers of the Gospels. Alongside Messiah, the RAC will also perform Cantata No. 62 by J.S. Bach, Savior of the Nations, Come, which Bach wrote for the first Sunday of Advent. A free will offering will be received and a reception will follow the 7 p.m. performance.
We are also excited to announce the first Grace Church Composition Competition. The RAC and orchestra will premiere the winning work during the 2019 season. For more information, please call the Church Office at 775-4301.
For more information, go to: Composition Competition
When: October 7, 2018 at 4:00pm
Where: Grace Sanctuary
About: Grace Church Sanctuary Choir will lead an afternoon of music in aid of local charities. The choir will be joined by local professional musicians, Court Gettel, Jennifer Hoult, Barry Cohen and Wesley Christensen to offer music from spirituals and songs to classical masterpieces. A goodwill offering to benefit local charities will be taken.
When: November 4, 2018 at 7:00pm
Where: Grace Church sanctuary
About: A Celebration of Lives for All Saints’ Sunday
Grace Church Sanctuary Choir, Castleton University Chorale and soloists, will present an evening of music and poetry to celebrate and remember the lives of those who have died. Under the direction of Dr. Sherrill Blodget, the choirs will perform Antiono Vivaldi’s Gloria, accompanied by Alastair Stout on the Grace Church organ. Between the movements of the Gloria, specially chosen poems will reflect on the lives of loved-ones who have died this past year.
When: October 21, 2018 at 4:00pm
Where: Grace Congregational UCC Sanctuary
We warmly welcome the renowned pianist, Nathan Carterette, to perform the sublime Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach. Hailed as ‘wonderfully poetic’ (Westfalen Post) and “very compelling in his power and presence” (International Composer), Nathan’s innovative programming has inspired audiences to approach unfamiliar music with open ears, and familiar music with new appreciation.
Known for his dedication to the music of Bach, Nathan has performed the Goldberg Variations in concert halls, universities and churches throughout the USA. His live recording of the Goldberg on Pittsburgh’s classic radio, WQED, became the most requested pledge drive item in the radio’s history. He recently recorded the Variations to be released in early 2019.
Following the concert, all are invited to a dinner in aid of HEAL: Raising Our World.
When: September 9th, 2018
Where: Grace UCC Sanctuary
Kristin Cimonetti and Ben Green will be entertaining us with a variety of pieces this evening, including: Dragonetti Bass Concerto, Bottesini Two Songs for bass and high voice, selections from The Phantom of the Opera and more…
Accompanied by Alastair Stout on organ and piano.
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Grace Congregational UCC in Rutland, Vermont, is pleased to announce its first Composition Competition to recognize and support a new work for large concert choir and classical chamber orchestra to be performed by the Rutland Area Chorus and orchestra. The 2019 Grace Church Composition Competition Award is made possible by the generous sponsorship of David and Debra Baasch.
The contest is soliciting original unpublished compositions of settings of Advent or Christmas texts for SATB chorus, optional SATB soloists, and chamber orchestra. The pieces should be no longer than 8 minutes. The orchestra comprises three first and three second violins, two violas and two cellos, one double bass, two oboes, one bassoon, two trumpets, timpani, harpsichord and organ. The work must be scored for SATB chorus, but can use any combination of the available soloists and orchestra.
You must have proof of permission to use any text not in the public domain.
The winning work will be awarded $1000.00 (USD) and two performances by the Rutland Area Chorus on December 8th, 2019, at Grace Congregational UCC. The winning composer is encouraged to attend the premiere of the composition. There is no stipend for travel but some housing arrangements may be available.