Fall 2014 Concert Season
The Motets of J.S. Bach with TENET
SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 7:00 PM
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church NYC
TENET joins forces with the Sebastians under guest conductor Scott Metcalfe to offer a program of motets by J.S. Bach. TENET's spectacularly clear one-singer-to-a part rendition is performed with instrumental doublings of strings and winds. Featured motets include "Komm, Jesu komm," "Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied,"
C.P.E Bach Magnificat with Smith College
October 5, 2014, 7:00PM
Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College, Northampton, MA
In honor of the 300th anniversary of CPE Bach's birth, a group of professional musicians will present his wonderful Magnificat as part of our concert series.
Monteverdi Madrigals: Songs of Love and War with BEMF
Friday, October 10, 2014, 7:30pm
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York City
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Boston
The all-star performers of BEMF’s own Vocal & Chamber Ensembles kick off our 25th Anniversary Season with an exquisite program featuring music from Monteverdi’s eighth and final book of Madrigals, led by Grammy-nominated Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs. Published near the end of his extraordinarily long career, prior to his last operas, Book Eight contains the most important secular works of Monteverdi’s final decades. In a revolutionary juxtaposition, the volume presents both familiar portrayals of love through song and the stirring rhythms of his newly reimagined depiction of war in music, giving this iconic repertoire unparalleled contrasts.
A Mass for St. Augustine of Canterbury with Blue Heron
October 17, 2014 8 PM
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Weston, MA
Saturday, October 18 8:00 PM
First Church, Cambridge, MA
The opening concert of Blue Heron’s subscription season features an anonymous Missa sine nomine. Another gem from the Peterhouse partbooks (c. 1540), this characterful, quirky, and entirely anonymous work was perhaps dedicated to Canterbury’s local hero, St. Augustine.
Capturing Music: Writing and Singing Music in the Middle Ages
A multimedia event presented by Blue Heron in collaboration with Thomas Forrest Kelly (Harvard University)
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational.
This event has two parts; the first beginning at 3:00 PM, the second at 8:00 PM.
Professor Kelly will present, and Blue Heron will sing, key moments in the art of music from c. 800 to c. 1400, including Gregorian chant, organa by Leonin and Perotin, and music of Machaut, Senleches, de Vitry and Cordier.This unique presentation, in two parts, will explore the power of written music in pictures and sound, and will be in effect a “live action” version of Prof. Kelly’s book, “Capturing Music: The Story of Notation”. The event coincides with the publication of the book, which comes with a special companion CD of music recorded by Blue Heron.
DANIEL XXI - The Play of Daniel with the Boston Camerata
November 21 and 23
Trinity Church, Boston, MA
The prophecies, tribulations, and triumph of the young Biblical hero Daniel, as retold in music from medieval Beauvais . Probably the most musically evocative of all the medieval mystery plays.
Christmas in 15th-century France & Burgundy with Blue Heron
December 18 & 19 at 8:00 PM, December 20 at 2:30 PM
First Church, Cambridge, MA
Christmas in 15th-century France & Burgundy Music for Advent and Christmas by Du Fay, Josquin, Obrecht, Brumel & others.