Thursday, April 17, 2008

Weekend Concert Calendar, 4/17/08

First of all, I'm going to mention that I haven't quite gotten a good system down for putting together these weekly reports. Right now I go out and systematically search about 4 major sites that list concerts...but I frequently neglect to check my own inbox for announcements that are sent to me.

So, for example, I know that I neglected to mention the Psalm Enchanted Evening, co-sponsored by B'nai Or of Boston and Andover Newton Theological School on 4/5, or the performance on 4/10 of the Boston Gay Men's Chorus that the Scituate Friends of Music hosted. Have patience with me - I'll get this all sorted out eventually, and you will have an even more thorough weekend concert report than you do now! But it's been a busy month - I've been in a performance every weekend since Easter - so you might have to wait until summer for me to get my act together.

Speaking of performing, please do come and hear me sing with Cappella Clausura this weekend. We will be singing on Friday at 7:30 pm at Gordon Chapel in Old South in Copley Square, and on Saturday at 8 pm at Parish of the Messiah in Newton. We will be performing the Vespers of Cozzolani, and I am going to be singing LOW. As in, lots of low E's and D's, and that's in early music tuning (meaning lower than normal tuning.) The first time I sang the one little solo lick I have, the entire chorus burst out laughing. I pretended to be miffed until they assured me that it was the laughter of "Thank God that's not my line!" and "I can't believe she just did that!" Please don't let my freak-show low-singing-talents go to waste - join the audience, and say hello afterwards!

What else is up for this glorious spring weekend? First of all, congrats to the Braintree Choral Society, who are going on a tour to England. Have fun and travel safe, y'all!


The BSO will present a program including Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde. Anne Sofie von Otter is the mezzo soloist! And Ben Heppner will be filling in for Johan Botha, who is ill. Also on the program is John Harbison’s Symphony No. 5, featuring mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey and baritone Nathan Gunn.

At noon on Friday, the Bach Children's Chorus of Rochester, NY will perform a concert at Old North in Boston. There will be works by Mendelssohn, and traditional American songs.


I can't find evidence of this on their own website, but according to the New England Early Music Calendar, the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum Chamber Singers are going to perform Franco-Flemish Renaissance works at 3 pm at First Church Congregational in Cambridge. So if that sounds exciting, you might want to stroll over and check it out.

However, for the evening, it would seem you have NO OTHER OPTIONS other than to come see Cappella Clausura!


At 3:00 pm at Jordan Hall (New England Conservatory, Boston) the Dedham Choral Society will join with the Handel & Haydn children's chorus to present the New England premiere of Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace, and the accompanying film. More info here.

Also at 3:00 pm, at First Church in Cambridge, the Cambridge Concentus presents a solo-voice performance of J.S. Bach's Cantata 43 with period instruments. Performers include: Ulrike Präger, soprano; Thea Lobo, mezzo-soprano; Jason Wang, tenor; Kyle Ferrill, baritone. Champagne served afterwards! (I only know Thea Lobo, but I LOVE her voice, and I highly recommend going to hear her!)

At 4:00 pm at the Harvard Memorial Church, the Harvard University Choir will be joined by the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music and a quartet of professional soloists to present the Harvard premiere of Robert D. Levin's recent completion of Mozart's Mass in C Minor. The concert will begin with a brief introduction by Robert Levin. To purchase online go to Ticket sales at the door are cash-only.

And the fun doesn't stop with the weekend! Two events not to miss next week:


At 8:00 pm at Jordan Hall, the New England Conservatory Choruses and Sinfonietta will present Poulenc's Gloria, Duruflé's Requiem, and Pärt's Magnificat.

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday:

The BSO presents Belioz' The Trojans, Part I. Soloists: Marcello Giordani, tenor (Aeneas); Yvonne Naef, m4ezzo-soprano (Cassandra); Dwayne Croft, baritone (Chorebus); Clayton Brainerd, bass-baritone (Pantheus); Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano (Ascanius); Jane Bunnell, mezzo-soprano (Hecuba); Ronald Naldi, tenor (Helenus); Eric Owens, bass (ghost of Hector). I'll be honest and admit I don't know who any of those people are, but perhaps some of you will be excited by some of the names!

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