PUTNEY >> The Putney School Orchestra And Madrigals join Bennington County Choral Society for a blockbuster concert "Music Of The French Cathedrals," reveling in the rich and diverse choral and orchestral tradition of French Romantic and post-Romantic composers.

Joining the Choral Society are soprano soloist Eleanor Macchia and two Putney guest ensembles. Together, the combined chorus and full orchestra fill the stage in a blockbuster concert program featuring more than 100 talented local musicians.

Concert performance is at The Putney School's Michael S. Currier Center on Saturday, Dec 12 at 7 p.m.

Concert tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door, Student tickets, $10 with valid student ID, are available at the door. It is wheelchair accessible.


"Music of the French Cathedrals" includes "Phèdre Overture" by Jules Massenet, Francis Poulenc's evocative "Gloria" and Gabriel Fauré's gorgeous "Requiem." The concert repertoire provides a full and immersive acoustic experience for the audience that celebrates both the lush harmonic language and masterful orchestration of each composer.

Manson conducts the BCCS and both guest ensembles as part of his work as director of music at The Putney School. This collaboration of musical forces and community resources, drawn from across the region, is central to the vision of Manson's artistic work with the Choral Society and in general.



Soprano Eleanor Macchia, of Philadelphia, has performed for Elly Ameling, Dalton Baldwin and Martin Katz, and has appeared with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Germantown Oratorio Choir, as a featured soloist with the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, and with the Germantown Concert Chorus in such works as Handel's "Messiah," Mozart's "Requiem," Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass" and Massenet's "Marie-Magdeleine." She has served on the faculties of institutions including Philadelphia's Germantown Institute for the Vocal Arts and Wissahickon Center for the Arts.


Now in his second season as music director for the Bennington County Choral Society, Cailin Marcel Manson concurrently serves as director of the Germantown Institute for the Vocal Arts, artistic director and conductor of the Germantown Concert Chorus and the Germantown Choral Festival and director of music at The Putney School.

The baritone and conductor is a Philadelphia native who has toured major concert venues throughout the United States, Europe and Asia with many organizations as a performer and master teacher. Manson studied vocal performance at Temple University, then opera performance and orchestral conducting at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. Manson has held positions as artistic director and conductor of the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, music director of the Vorarlberger Musikfest, music director and conductor laureate of the Chamber Symphony of Atlantic City, chairman of vocal studies at the Hazleton Conservatory for the Performing Arts and as a member of the voice faculty of both the Napoli School of Music and Dance and the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary. He is a member of the National Association of Negro Musicians and the Conductors Guild.


The Bennington County Choral Society is a mixed adult chorus of voices drawn from southern Vermont and nearby New York and Massachusetts communities. Its aims to foster an environment in which chorus members coalesce as a group and develop as an ensemble, with the goal of growing musically through weekly rehearsals and performances that are a source of pride and pleasure.

The Choral Society is open to all ages and singing/reading abilities and performs two concerts each year. Auditions are not required to join. Members are expected to bring a love of singing, and are asked to pay dues of $35 per concert or $60 per season. Information: bccsmusic.wordpress.com.