Stabat Mater- The suffering of Mary Tuesday April 16th 2019 7pm



Starting our Holy week journey, the concert series takes a more religeous slant and offer works that take us to a place of contemplation and offer a chance to gather ones thoughts for the ensuing journey of Christs suffering on the cross.


Both works presented for Concert 4 use the same beautiful text of the Stabat Mater but although we hear the same text, the music spans the 17th century of Giovanni Pergolesi and Marco Rosano from the 21st century. Opening the evening with the Rosano, a contemplation for string ensemble and Continuo for the Counter tenor voice, Rosano creates a pastiche of 17th century harmonies, eeking out dissonances and unmitigated passion throughout the work.


In the second half guest artist, Margot Rood, Soprano, joins Humphries for the Pergolesi. Written in the last days of his life, the twelve movements lead us on our journey with a combination of duets and arias allowing the haunting and mesmorising melodies, harmonic structure and the combination of the two voices gently accompanied by the strings and organ continuo to illustrate quite magnificently the pain and suffering, as well as the anguish of seeing one's son hanging for the salvation of mankind. 


Join us for these two perfect works that initiate our Holy Week sojourn. 


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MARGOT ROOD, hailed for her “colorful and vital” singing by The Washington Post, performs a wide range of repertoire across North American stages.


Margot was fortunate to make her solo debut at Boston’s Symphony Hall in 2011, and since then has been a frequent soloist with Handel and Haydn Society and conductor Harry Christophers. The 2018/2019 season marks her debuts with San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque (BWV 61 & 140), New Jersey Symphony (Messiah), and Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (Mozart Requiem). Recent and upcoming solo appearances include those with Cleveland Orchestra (Stravinsky's Threni); Boston Symphony (Benjamin Dream of the Song), Rhode Island Philharmonic (Messiah); New World Symphony (Reich Desert Music); Handel and Haydn Society (The Fairy Queen, Bach Mass in B Minor); Seraphic Fire (Messiah, Vivaldi Gloria, Mozart Requiem); Bach Collegium San Diego(Messiah); A Far Cry (Golijov Three Songs); True Concord Voices and Orchestra (Bach St. John Passion, Mozart C Minor Mass); Brookline Symphony (Mahler Fourth Symphony); and numerous concerts with acclaimed ensemble Blue Heron.  In 2016, Margot was awarded 3rd place in the American Prize in Oratorio and Art Song competition and was named a Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow at Emmanuel Music, where she is often featured on Emmanuel's nationally-known Bach cantata series.


Margot's recent and upcoming stage appearances include La Renommée in Lalande's Les Fontaines de Verasilles and Francesca Caccini's Alcina with Boston Early Music Festival, Galatea in Acis & Galatea and First Witch in Dido & Aeneas with Handel and Haydn Society, Polly in John Gay's The Beggar's Opera and Hyacinthus in Mozart's Apollo & Hyacinthus with Emmanuel Music, Amor in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Grand Harmonie, Johanna in Sweeney Todd with St. Petersburg Opera, and Ramiro in Helios Early Opera’s production of Cavalli’s Artemisia. Margot recorded the role of Emily Webb in Ned Rorem’s Our Town with Monadnock Music which was widely released by New World Records in 2017.


In addition to opera and oratorio, Margot has performed as soloist with some of the United States’ premiere new music ensembles, and is a past recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation's Emerging Artist Award for her work in new music. Notable recent engagements include her Carnegie Hall debut in the world premiere of Shawn Jaeger’s Letters Made with Gold, Kati Agocs' Vessel and Arvo Pärt's Passio with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Margot was a core member of Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble from 2010-2018, an all-female vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music. Also sought after as a collaborator, Margot has been invited by composers at Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, McGill University, University of Louisville and Keene State College for performances and masterclasses. She has recorded numerous world premieres and 21st-century works with Albany Records, New World Records, BMOP Sound, and Sono Luminus. Her solo recording with composer Heather GilliganLiving in Light, is now available from Albany Records.  Margot holds degrees from the University of Michigan and McGill University







"...singers on Humphries level can do something extraordinary with the sound, it mixes with and stands out through the orchestral sound in a very special way both etheral and in it's smooth, pure beauty."



Charles Humphries’ vocal career began in the United Kingdom as a 7year old chorister at Salisbury Cathedral and since those days music has taken him to all parts of the globe. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, he was honored with the letters ARAM (Associate Royal Academy of Music) for his services to music. Known for his intelligent interpretations of baroque and renaissance music he has been one of the most sought-after countertenors worldwide for the past thirty years.


Throughout that time his career has paired him with numerous distinguished conductors and directors and as a soloist he has collaborated with the likes of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Hickox, Paul McCreesh, Robert King, Rinaldo Allessandrini, Nicholas McGegan, James O’Donnell, Trevor Pinnock, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Harry Christophers and Scott Allen Jarrett. As a consort singer and soloist he has made over fifty recordings and his solo album of Bach Cantatas by JS Bach continues to create much attention on the Claudio label with Naxos worldwide distribution. Specialising in the music primarily of Bach and Handel, he was a major contributor to the Bach cantata pilgrimage with Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

His Operatic appearances have taken him as far afield as Germany, England, Lithuania, France, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Latvia, Greece and roles sung have included Ptolomeo, (Handel- Giulio Cesare), Delfa, (Cavalli - Giasone), Pompeo, (Cavalli -Pompeo Magno), Lichas (Handel - Hercules), Lucio Silla (Handel- Lucio Silla), Tamerlano (Handel- Tamerlano), The Sorceress (Purcell- Dido and Aeneas), Hamor (Handel- Jephtha), to name but a few.

Residing in the USA his career continues to flourish and he has performed with groups such as Washington Bach Consort, Bach Sinfonia, Washington Cathedral Choral Society, Opera Lafayette. Bach Collegium San Diego, Pacific Bach Project, Berkeley early music festival, Ensemble xiii, St Thomas 5th Avenue, BachAkademie Charlotte, North Carolina Baroque and Handel and Haydn. Future performances include further collaborations in Virginia, New Mexico, San Francisco, Charlotte and Boston.


Humphries is in high demand as a vocal coach, teacher and mentor nationwide and runs a private voice studio. As well as his solo career he is Director of Music at Ware Episcopal Church in Gloucester, Virginia.




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