Recently, the world lost one of the most beautiful soprano voice when Montserrat Caballé passed away. Her voice was noted for its purity and power, precise control of vocal shadings and exquisite pianissimos. She is best known for singing the works of Verdi, Puccini and composers from the bel canto era such as Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini.
After several years of performance in numerous opera houses in Europe she stepped in at the last minute for Marilyn Horne at Carnegie Hall in New York in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia. This brought her immediate international fame. She became popular outside of the classical music realm when she recorded Barcelona with Freddie Mercury; the song that became the official theme song of the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992.
Soprano Stephanie Piercey Beames and guests will pay a tribute to Montserrat Caballé as part of the Music at Trinity Concert Series. Caballé had a tremendous influence on Ms. Beames and what better way to express her gratitude for what “La Superba” offered the world than to measure herself to the repertoire that she sang best. This recital will be on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 4:30 pm.
Throughout the month of November, sacred choral music enthusiasts will have the opportunity to hear various choral ensembles lead Evensong Services on Sunday afternoon at 5:30 pm. For those who are less familiar with Choral Evensong, this service follows the traditional pattern in The Book of Common Prayer and consists of choral music (psalms, canticles, and anthems) from the rich Anglican musical tradition, scripture readings, and prayers. On Sunday, November 4, 2018, The Glebelles and their director Maeve Hassell will lead us in worship. The Ensemble will offer an Evensong thematically constructed on Renaissance music on November 18th and for the feast of the Reign of Christ on November 25th, Roland Graham and the Southminster Church Choir will lead the music.
For Sunday, November 11 2018, we will have a musical offering at 3:00 pm with Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir lead by Laura Hawley to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice of World War I. A selection of readings, lessons, and choral music will make this a very special service. We hope you will consider joining us for some if not all of these musical events.
Originally published in the November 2018 OSCAR.