Thursday, April 03, 2008

Weekend Concert Calendar, 4/3/08

Oof, I'm getting started pretty late tonight on this! Let's see if I achieve the dual purpose of letting you know what choral concerts are out there this weekend so that you can go enjoy some music and also getting some sleep.

First of all, Anthology is in the Boston Regional Harmony Sweepstakes this Saturday! 7:30 pm at the Cohen Auditorium at Tufts! Please go - it would be great to have some supporters, since this is a big deal, and I'm kind of nervous. (I have to do choreography. I'm not sure this is a good idea.) And if we win, we get to go compete in the nationals in San Francisco! And since part of our score is determined by how well we entertain the audience, you should show up and be massively, publicly and loudly entertained by us!

In other news, there are some other concerts that don't revolve around me. Like anything without me in it matters. But here they are anyways:


Pick of the weekend (whatever day you can get there) is the Schola Cantorum under the direction of Fred Jodry. Friday and Saturday at 8 pm; Sunday at 4 pm. Heck, I'll just copy from their website:
J. S. Bach: Cantata 76 - Die Himmel Erzahlen
Motet: Komm, Jesu, Komm
Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor
With Musica Maris Baroque Orchestra
Michael Bahmann, Director

Fri Apr 4 at 8 PM: Saint John's, 35 Bowdoin Street, Boston. MA 02114
Sat Apr 5 at 8 PM: First Unitarian Church, 1 Benevolent Street, Providence, RI 02906
Sun Apr 6 at 4 PM: Congregational Church, 1 The Commons, Little Compton, RI 02837

Handel and Haydn is doing Haydn's Harmoniemesse and some other stuff by Haydn that is not choral on Friday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm at Symphony Hall. A great group doing the core of their repertoire!

The Mastersingers by the Sea are performing Haydn's Creation Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 in Marion and Falmouth, MA - more info at their website.


At 3 pm the Master Singers will perform their FREE 11th annual Children's Concert along with Clarke Middle School chorus of Lexington. Performance is at Clarke Middle School - more information is here.

The Boston Gay Men's Chorus is performing at 8:30 at Symphony Hall. This sounds like a pretty cool program - "A kaleidoscopic evening of music that celebrates the great American traditions of civil liberty and freedom of expression. The program includes songs by George Michael, music inspired by Tales of the City and the premire of Liebermann’s A Whitman Oratorio." Obviously you will be at the Harmony Sweepstakes...but aren't you sad to miss this? I am.

Also, The Harvard Holden Chamber Ensembles (Michael Barrett, dir) present Music of the Spheres: An Exploration of Mathematics in Music. Vocal works by Machaut, Ockeghem & later composers. Memorial Church, Harvard Yard. Cambridge, 8pm, FREE. Does that look cool or what? Too bad that you will ALSO miss this concert due to being at the Tufts Harmony Sweepstakes. Life is just harsh sometimes.

And hey, Berkshire people, I have one for you! The Crescendo Choir will perform polychoral works by Willaert, Andrea & Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi & Heinrich Sch├╝tz at the First Congregational Church, 251 Main St, Great Barrington. This one starts at 7:30 pm. And yet, since this concert is ALSO at the same time as the Tufts Harmony Sweepstakes, how ironic that there will be a glorious concert in your neck of the woods at the very same time when you will have gotten in your car and traveled 3 hours east to see the Harmony Sweepstakes and cheer on Anthology! Right? Right. But fear not, they will repeat this concert on Sunday at 4 pm at Trinity Church, 484 Lime Rock Rd, Lakeville CT, so you can go see that one.

Also on Saturday at 7:30 pm in MIT's Kresge Auditorium, the MIT Chinese Choral Society together with Chorus Boston and GBCCA present Faure's Requiem. More info here.


If you are in Bedford, there's a Schubert marathon going on.

The Oriana Consort will perform at the Swedenborg Chapel in Cambridge at 5:30 pm. Their concert is titled "“Baroque Legacies: Innovations in choral music of the Baroque era—and their echoes in choral music of the 20th century.” Which to me translates as, "This is a whole bunch of really cool music that we tried to come up with some concept for so that more people would come to hear it." No offense to them - it's a time-honored tradition, I do it myself all the time - and any concert that programs Irving Fine makes me immediately want to attend. Also, I know one of their altos, and she has the most gorgeous voice ever, so if she is representative of the group, this will be a beautiful-sounding concert.

Cantata Singers! Woohoo! One of those groups that I have never heard sing due to scheduling problems, and yet still have huge respect for - ah, the power of a good reputation. They continue their year-long exploration of Weill at 3 pm at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton Center. It's actually a cabaret concert, not a choral concert, but it looks like fun.

The Northeastern University Choral Society presents a concert of American Masterpieces at 7:30 pm at the Fenway Center in Boston (directions on their website.) "The featured works are Randall Thompson’s evocative Frostiana, two romantic works: Daniel Pinkham’s Wedding Cantataand Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs, Irving Fine’s humorous Three Choruses from Alice in Wonderland, and Norman Dello Joio’s exuberant Song of the Open Road." Good stuff, that!

Also this weekend, the Harvard-Radcliffe G&S Players are doing Patience! This weekend and next weekend - go check it out! Verily, they invariably put on a good show.

And on Monday, the BU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus are performing Verdi's Requiem under the baton of Ann Howard-Jones at Symphony Hall at 8 pm.

Whew! If I stayed up late to type this up, it is the LEAST you can do, thou herd of ingrates, to get out there and listen to some music this weekend! Get thee forth and use thine ears! Also, can someone proofread this for me? I'm going to hit the sack!

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