As a tribute to the original Falmouth Interfaith Choir, this majestic work – first performed in the inaugural season of the Choir in 1964 – has been selected to launch 2014, the Chorale’s 50th Anniversary. Brahms’ most beloved choral masterpiece, which includes the well-known “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place,” focuses on uplifting and comforting the living. Sung in English, the performance features soloists Joan Kirchner (soprano), Mark McGrath (baritone) who join us with full orchestra. Limited seating.
Joan Kirchner Mark McGrath
Joan Kirchner (Soprano)
In a region rich with musical talent, Joan Kirchner is a stand-out. Joan first came to prominence in the 1990s as a soloist for oratorio, opera, and recital repertoire. Whether she is delivering a witty, inventive rendering of Cole Porter or an insightful twist on a medieval work, Joan Kirchner engages and uplifts her audiences with the beauty and clarity of her voice, her lively imagination, and her charismatic stage presence.
Joan has performed with many of the top musical groups in the region and beyond, including Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, Toronto's Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, the Masterworks Chorale, Chorus North Shore, the Woods Hole Cantata Consort, and the Chatham Chorale. Pursuing her passion for early music, Joan has worked with some of the world’s foremost musicians, including the famed Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt; the highly acclaimed musicologist, and leader in the movement to perform early music on period instruments, Gustav Leonhardt; and Ton Koopman, another important leader in the authentic performance movement. Joan is herself the co-founder of the Renaissance group OYEZ! which performs regularly here at the Cape.
A native of western New York State, Joan holds two bachelor's degrees from Houghton College, one in Music and a second in Business Administration. She earned a master's degree with distinction in Music from Indiana University, and studied at the Eastman School of Music. In addition to her public performances, Joan performs for private events, serves churches throughout the Cape, and teaches voice, piano, flute, and organ at her home studio in Brewster.
Mark McGrath (Baritone)
Mr. McGrath is delighted to re-connect musically with Maestro Yankee, with whom he has partnered in Telluride and Baltimore. Their collaboration, as so frequently happens, began on a basketball court. In fact, years ago, Mark drove John to the hospital after the conductor had torn an Achilles tendon in a basketball tournament. (Mark believes this factored greatly in his selection as the baritone soloist for this musical program).
Mr. McGrath has performed with some of the premier arts organizations in the Mid-Atlantic area, soloing in Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington, DC.
He has soloed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in many productions, including Carmina Burana, a tribute to Leonard Bernstein and the Holiday Pops.
Though this will be his first performance with the Falmouth Chorale, Mark has performed Brahms’ Requiem with the Handel Choir of Baltimore and the Eastminster Chorale in Atlanta.
In Telluride, CO, Mark played the part of Noah in Britten’s “Noyes Fludde” and appeared onstage with Maestro Yankee in the musical “forever Plaid.”
He has performed in Carnegie Hall twice, with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Annapolis Chorale. He soloed with the Annapolis group in the oh, so serious, PDQ Bach oratorio, “The Seasonings.”
For 20 years, Mr. McGrath performed the lead baritone role in the Young Victorian Theatre Company’s productions of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. He performs regularly with an a cappella group, “Some of the Parts,” noting that he was an aficionado of the genre before it became cool.
His day job involves dispensing financial information as an investment advisor for Stifel Nicolaus. He serves on the boards of three arts organizations in Maryland and lives in Baltimore with his wife, Mary Beth, and their three children.