It is rainy/snowy/slushy/cold...in 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.