Thursday, February 28, 2008

Rock on, kiddo!

Fantastic singers? They come in all shapes, sizes...and ages!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Harvard-Lyrica Dialogues

Anyone up for some free music lectures? The aspect that is appealing to me is that they are framed as dialogues, not lectures.

Each Spring, the Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations organizes a set of
symposia called the Harvard-Lyrica Dialogues, which, through the study of the
interaction of words and music, propose to shed light on timely aspects of
historical, literary and musicological research. This year's series was
inspired by Professor Susan Suleiman's recent book "Crises of Memory and the
Second World War".

The Lyrica Society is pleased to announce its forthcoming Harvard-Lyrica
Dialogues, 2008, themed:

Music and Memory – Music as Memory

Fridays: February 15, March 14, April 18 and May 9, 2008
4 – 6 PM · Dudley House · Lehman Hall · Harvard Yard

Friday, February 15, 2008

Schubert, Schumann, Literary Notions, and Song: "Fragment" and "Apostrophe"
German Lieder

- Deborah Stein, New England Conservatory of Music
- Rufus Hallmark, Rutgers University

Friday, March 14, 2008

Death, Concentrated: Viktor Ullmann's "Der Kaiser von Atlantis"
- Rachel Bergman, George Mason University
- Peter Laki, Bard College
- Richard Beaudoin, Brandeis University

Friday, April 18, 2008

In Memoriam Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) and Robert F. Kennedy

World Première: "And Music Will Not End" – Songs by Lori Laitman
- D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo-soprano
– Lori Laitman, piano

Friday, May 9, 2008

Revolution and Its Discontents: Bernanos, Poulenc and their "Dialogues of
the Carmelites"

- Jann Pasler, University of California, San Diego
- Jeffrey Mehlman, Boston University
- Paul-André Bempéchat, Harvard University
- Mark DeVoto, Tufts University

Free admission

Friday, February 15, 2008

Cappella Clausura Concert

No concert calendar this week. Not enough left-over brain. However, I will mention the most important concert going on - Cappella Clausura is performing tonight and tomorrow night!

“The Mystery of Salzinnes – Selections from a New Antiphonal of 1554” – US premiere of monastic chant from the newly discovered manuscript with projections by Judith Dietz, MA, Art Historian and Associate Curator with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

7:30 PM, Friday, Feb 15, 2008 Gordon Chapel of Old South Church, Boston
8:00 PM Saturday, Feb 16, 2008 at Episcopal Parish of the Messiah, Newton

Amelia LeClair, Director, Cappella Clausura
617-964-6609 / 857-919-4218 mobile
Boston and Newton, Mass.

Join Cappella Clausura as we transport you into the world of the monastic renaissance: you are the the "audit-eur," listening in on pure transcendent chant--an evening of truly incandescent music emitted from voices soaring above you. And... you'll be surrounded by beautiful projections of this ancient, illustrated manuscript that have been created especially for this concert by Garrow Throop of GaroGraphics.

The Salzinnes Antiphonal of 1554, from the collection of Medieval Manuscripts at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, was recently brought to light by Judith Dietz, Associate Curator of Historical European Art at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and graduate student at the University. Our concert includes an exciting pre-concert visual presentation of the manuscript by Ms. Dietz herself.

For further information, to reserve tickets, and to get directions, please visit:
Tickets are $20/$12 (Students and Seniors)
Press admitted free

Hope to see you there!!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Paul Potts tour dates

A loyal reader, after seeing my Paul Potts post, requested the Paul Potts tour dates for the U.S., so here they are! (For Bostonians, he will be coming to our fair city next month.)

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Weekend Concert Calendar, 2/7/08

It is rainy/snowy/slushy/ short, definitely February in Boston. Is it really worth venturing outside this weekend for some live music? Mais, oui! Here are some options.

First off, my vocal quartet, formerly Schizophonic, has now been renamed Anthology. We have two fabulous new singers who joined us in January, and we have our first two gigs this weekend! We'll be singing at the Winchester High School MadrigalFest at 7:30 pm on Saturday at the Winchester Town Hall (along with some of my students from last year when I taught there!) And on Sunday, we'll be participating in Longy's New Music Marathon at Pickman Hall, although we don't quite have a time yet - probably around 2 pm.

You will be hearing more about Anthology as we get our website up and going, etc.

Also, I just came home from the Boston Opera Collaborative's production of Don Giovanni, and I have to say it was tremendous fun, and you should definitely check it out - it's playing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. (Props to Roy Del Valle as Leporello and Sheena Ramirez as Zerlina, whose performances I particularly enjoyed.)

What else is going on? Let's see...


The most exciting thing is The Boston Secession concert. This is a group whom I have never yet seen, but I remain totally convinced that they are awesome. Since I have a rehearsal Friday night, my blind faith will have to remain such, but you can go prove to yourself how great they are. The concert is called (Un)Lucky in Love, and it's their annual Alternative Valentine's concert. 8:00 pm, Friday, at the Veronique Ballroom, Longwood Towers, Brookline. More information, including directions, is on their website.

Wait...apparently that's the ONLY choral thing on Friday. So, moving on...


There is a "Women's Festive Concert" at Sanders Theater at 8 pm on Saturday, featuring the Radcliffe Choral Society, the Wellesley Chamber Singers and the Handel and Haydn Society Young Women's Chorus. More information is here, and some more is here.

The Heritage Chorale is holding a pops concert called "A Little Bit of Heaven." I quote from their release: "Our annual Pops concert will have a different twist this year, as we perform a wide variety of pieces that have to do with heaven...and heavenly things! Selections include Haydn's magnificent "The Heavens are Telling", "Pennies from Heaven", "Blow, Gabriel, Blow", a terrific set of songs from "Godspell" and a group of out-of-this-world spirituals." Saturday, 7:30 pm, in
Nevins Hall, Memorial Building, Framingham - more information is on their website.

Oh, and Libana has a concert! Cool! Except it's in Maine. Whatever.


The Halalisa Singers, a world music chorus, have a concert at 4 pm at First Parish Church of Stow - more info here.

And at 7:30 pm, if you are a Rutter fan you can go to an open sing of his Requiem (which I am not familiar with, but which is said to be his best piece) in Belmont at 7:30 pm. More information is on the Powers Music School webpage.

Also, I must say that while this weekend is a bit thin chorally, it looks like a very good weekend for some solo vocal performances, including Nancy Argenta, well-known mezzo. Check out the Boston Singer's Resource Concert Page for more details on various vocal happenings of the soloistic sort.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Two-for-one Boston Cecilia ticket deal!

Hello, all! As Operations Manager of the Boston Cecilia, I have been enabled to offer you a deal on our upcoming concert. I get to offer you two tickets for the price of one at all ticket levels except the cheapest!


The concert:
Sunday, February 24 at
3 pm in
Jordan Hall at
New England Conservatory,

The Boston Cecilia is going to celebrate both Handel's birthday and the 40th anniversary of our music director, Donald Teeters. The result is going to be a HUGE Handel extravaganza. There are going to be fifteen soloists. The list is:

Sopranos: Nancy Armstrong, Sharon Baker, Karol Bennett,
Holly Cameron, Jessica Cooper, Lauren-Rose King
Mezzo-sopranos: Pamela Dellal, Krista River
Countertenor: Jeffrey Gall
Tenors: Charles Blandy, William Hite, Steven Mello, Aaron Sheehan
Baritones: David Arnold, Robert Honeysucker

This is in addition to the chorus (always great, but especially experienced in this repertoire) and a period orchestra.

Tell me that doesn't look like an awesome concert, eh? I'm tremendously excited about it (and not because it's my job, either) and am trying to figure out a way to hand over the will-call table to someone else so I don't miss a single number.

So, the ticket deal is as follows. We offer tickets at 4 levels - $62, $42, $27, $15. For the upper three levels - $62, $42, $27 - if you buy one ticket, I'll give you one for free. I set up a special website for this right here - go buy some tickets!

The only request I have is that during your online order, there's a little place for notes. Please write a note saying you heard about the deal via my blog. And if you spread around this info, please give people the link to this post, and not the ticket page, so that they will also click through my blog to get there.

I know that in the past months I have been big on concert announcements and short on actual content. I'm aiming to try and fix that in the future...but probably not until this big wacky concert is over.

Friday, February 01, 2008

No weekend concert calendar this week...

The Boston Cecilia program book is due to go to the proofreader by the end of the day...rehearsals for Cappella Clausura are starting for our upcoming performance...Anthology is now a week away from our first performance first Sunday at my new church job is this Sunday...and this all means that you don't get a weekend concert calendar update this week.

However, just so that you have something to amuse you, I offer you this video. It's of two dancers - one without an arm, and one without a leg, and it is possible that you have never seen something as impressive and beautiful and romantic in your life.

Here is an article about them.