Winchester Musica Viva Ignite a Passion in Song

2018-19 Concert Season


Carols, Unconventionally

Dr. Seuss:
“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?
It came without ribbons.
It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something
he hadn’t before.
What if Christmas, he thought,
doesn’t come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means
a little bit more.”

‘Tis the season for the air waves to be loaded (overloaded?) with the sounds of carols beloved by many. Our holiday concert features a variety of familiar carol texts in both familiar and unfamiliar musical attire. As usual, our audiences will be invited to sing with us from time to time.

Friday, December 14, 7:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Church,
9108 John Mosby Hwy., Upperville
Saturday, December 15, 7pm
Park View Mennonite Church
1600 College Ave., Harrisonburg
Sunday, December 16, 4pm
Grace Lutheran Evangelical Church
26 W. Boscawen St., Winchester

Brahms: A German Requiem

Ted Libbey:
“It was not (Brahms’) intention to pattern his Requiem after the Latin mass for the dead, nor to proclaim what he felt were false hopes for resurrection. Instead, Ein Deutches Requiem is a work of consolation for those left behind.”
Brahms’ is widely considered to be one of the greatest of all major choral-orchestral compositions. The German text was selected by the composer from Luther’s German translation of the Bible, and was prompted by the deaths of his good friend and mentor, Robert Schumann, and his mother. The version of the accompaniment for four-hand piano is no stripped-down orchestral reduction, but a version Brahms himself made for a London house performance in 1871. The work is made strikingly different when painted on a chamber music-scaled canvas rather than with a full orchestral pallet.
Friday, April 12, 7:30pm
Grace Lutheran Evangelical Church, Winchester
Saturday, April 13, 7pm
Park View Mennonite Church
1600 College Ave., Harrisonburg
Sunday, April 14, 4pm
Grace Lutheran Evangelical Church,
26 W. Boscawen St., Winchester
Previous performances this concert season:

This Is Why We Sing!

Anne Lamott:
“Singing is breath that is larger than yourself,
so it joins you with space, with community,
with other realms and our deepest inside places.
You are joining your strand to everyone else’s,
weaving something with the whole,
and this extends the community outward into
a force bigger than itself.”
Music for this season’s opening concert will be drawn from global sources: sacred songs from the hymnal, secular popular songs, and more that will give us all the experience of weaving something greater than ourselves into the whole. Bring your singing voice, your attentive ear and open heart.
Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 8pm
Sunday, October 14, 2018 – 4pm
Grace Lutheran Evangelical Church
26 W. Boscawen St., Winchester