MPBN to broadcast college, music society ensembles in Brahms' Requiem

John Corrie

In March, two Bates musical ensembles joined two community ensembles in a first-of-its-kind performance of Johannes Brahms’ masterful A German Requiem.

At 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, the stations of MPBN Radio will broadcast the concert on the MaineStage  program.

The landmark musical event on March 31 featured some 260 musicians performing at Lewiston’s Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. The concert was the first collaboration between the Maine Music Society and the college, both notable presences in Maine music. The link is John Corrie, of Lewiston, who has directed the Bates College Choir since 1986 and became artistic director of the music society last year.

In addition to the college choir, performing were the Bates College Orchestra, the music society’s Androscoggin Chorale and Maine Chamber Ensemble, soprano Bonnie Scarpelli and baritone Peter Allen ’66. Hiroya Miura, of the Bates faculty, conducted the Requiem, and Corrie led the combined choirs, along with choral groups from local high schools, in two Brahms motets.

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