Local performs with Berkshire Choral Festival in Austria

Orchard H. Corl

Orchard H. Corl of Shelburne has been selected to participate in the Berkshire Choral Festival in Austria this weekend. The choristers, numbering 200 singers from all over the world, will gather in Mondsee, a small town in Austria situated on a glorious lake, noted for its historic structures. Activities, including a week’s workshop of polishing music and learning languages, will take place in the eighth century castle in the center of town. There will also be an opportunity to participate in various sight-seeing tours in the area.

One concert will be performed at the Mondsee Basilica (the setting of several scenes from “The Sound of Music”) on Saturday, Sept. 15 and will include Schubert’sMirjam’s Siegesgesang,” Brahms selections from “Liebeslieder Waltzes,” and Daniel Pinkham’sWedding Cantata.”

Haydn’s “Paukenmesse” (Mass in Time of War) will be performed for the service on Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Cathedral in Salzburg, where Mozart was an organist. Gary Thor Wedow, a faculty member of the Julliard School and former Associate Conductor of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, will conduct both concerts. The concerts will be accompanied by the Orchester der Dom Musik.

This will mark the 11th summer that Corl has been involved with the Berkshire Choral Festival. She performed for several years in Sheffield, Mass., (the home base of the group) and several years in Canterbury Cathedral in England and in Austria.

Locally, Corl sings with the Burlington Choral Society Chorus, the Hinesburg Artistic Group’s South County Chorus, and the choir at Shelburne United Methodist Church.

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