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Cape Shore Chorale title, 'And the Angels Sing,' not mere whimsy

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Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011 12:00 am

The Sunday afternoon concert at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on Jan. 9 was titled, “And the Angels Sing.”

The choice of title might have been misconstrued as mere whimsy on the part of Scott Breiner, director of the Cape Shore Chorale, which made the marvelous sounds on Sunday, but I suspect Breiner had another idea in mind. Breiner is a very hip fellow with vast knowledge of all kinds of music, especially the good stuff. Eclectic could be his middle name. It makes me think Breiner was actually inspired by the Benny Goodman hit from the 1930s which was titled, you guessed it, “And the Angels Sing.”

The capacity audience on Sunday was all but guaranteed a good concert by the enviable reputation that Breiner and his Cape Shore Chorale have earned. In talking to several Chorale members, I learned what I always suspected, that Breiner gets superb performances not through tyranny, but through humor, which the man has in abundant supply. The singers never feel brow beaten, but knock themselves out to please their leader. Breiner is about as versatile as one can be, an organist, singer, orchestra and choral director and it’s been said a terrific dancer.

Breiner and the Cape Shore Chorale performed an eclectic program featuring both classical compositions and popular music. The Chorale gave their usual disciplined but expressive interpretation of Bach’s “Cantata No. 27,” and a Mendelssohn “Chorale,” and then very adeptly switched gears and sang the Fred Waring/Ray Ringwald version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” There are many versions of that old favorite, but this arrangement is by far the most artistic and fun too.

In the same category was Robert Shaw’s “The Sweet One of the Many Moods of Christmas.” Shaw was the director of the Atlanta Symphony, and one of the Robert Shaw Chorale.

Breiner exhibited his prowess at the organ console and then for a grand finale led the chorale in “Angels From the Realms of Glory.” What they did was definitely angelic and brought the holiday season to a glorious close.

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