Thursday, May 08, 2008

Weekend Concert Calendar, 5/8/08

Finally I am jumping back on the bandwagon, after two weeks of being most unhelpful to anyone who was looking for choral music! I'm glad to say that my flu is better, and the intense concert season is (for me) mostly passed, so let's see what we have going on this weekend, hm?

Self-plugs, as always, come first! Anthology is singing at First Parish Cohasset Friday evening at 7:30 pm. This is a full-length concert, and also a fund-raiser for First Parish's organ fund, so I encourage everyone to show up for a good cause!


At 8 pm the Cantata Singers will be at NEC's Jordan Hall in downtown Boston. They will present: Kurt Weill: Symphony No. 2; Charles Fussell: High Bridge—A Choral Symphony After Poems of Hart Crane (First Boston performance.) Karyl Ryczek, soprano; Janna Baty, mezzo-soprano; William Hite, tenor; David Kravitz, bass.

At 7:30 pm Fretless Voices, Mudville Madrigal Singers, and Peking and the Mystics will join together for the 3rd Annual "Only A-cappella Night" at the Saint Andrews' Performing Arts Series. This will be at 79 Denton Road, Wellesley, MA.


The choruses are out in force tonight!

At 7 pm at the Pleasant Street Congregational Church 75 Pleasant Street, Arlington, MA, the deVaronistas will present "Selections from 20th Century Song Cycles." I quote from an e-mail from a friend: "Lorna Cooke deVaron is conducting her last concert with the deVaronistas on Saturday, May 10, in a splendid and characteristic program." For those who don't know, Lorna Cooke deVaron was at NEC for over 40 years as director of their choral program, and directed the Longy Chamber Singers for many years after that. A biography is here. (Also, if you follow the link to the deVaronistas, you will find a fascinating press release. It is not current - it is for December 2006 - but it is instructive all the same.)

Convivium Musicum (a very good local amateur Renaissance choir - I recommend them) will give a concert on Saturday at 8 pm at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational in Cambridge. The concert description reads, "Two weddings and a treaty: Renaissance occasional music. Convivium Musicum offers a concert of Renaissance music penned for occasions and personalities: popes and kings, treaties and dedications, weddings and funerals, patrons and fellow composers."

The Brookline Community Chorus has a very neat programme at 8 pm at First Baptist Church , 848 Beacon St. Newton Centre (Green line accessible!) I quote from their release: "Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert, Chosen from three substantial collections of music Ellington called “sacred concerts” this program highlights inspired music that the jazz great considered to be the most important of his works. Classic 1940s dance band music alternates with introspective blues and full-throttle gospel. Instrumental and vocal virtuosity shares the spotlight with supple, graceful choral and ensemble writing."

The Concord Chorus will be at Cary Memorial Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington at 8 pm, presenting various works by Bach, Brahms, and Mozart.

The Master Singers will be right across the road, also at 8 pm in Lexington, at First Parish Church on the Battle Green presenting works by J.S. Bach and Schubert, including Schubert's Mass in G.

The Paul Madore Chorale will be up in Salem at 8 pm, presenting Anton Dvorak's Te Deum with Trudy Hill, Soprano and Donald Wilkinson, Baritone. Dave Brubeck's To Hope - a Celebration (a Boston-area premiere.) Their location is St. Anne's Church, 290 Jefferson Ave., Salem.

The Snug Harbor Community Chorus will be performing at 8 pm at The Duxbury Performing Arts Center, 73 Alden St, Duxbury, MA. "The Music, the Magic, and the Memories: a Tenth Anniversary celebration featuring mixed genre selections that capture the evolution and essence of the chorus."

Sunday (Mother's Day!):

At 3 pm the Masterworks Chorale will present an all Vaughan Williams program at Sanders Theater on the Harvard campus in Cambridge. And they advertise that "All women in attendance receive a red carnation!"

And for all of you G&S fans out there, this is the last weekend you can go see Ruddigore at MIT! Shows are tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 8 pm and Saturday at 2 pm. Location is La Sala de Puerto Rico, on the 2nd floor of the MIT Student Center.

I haven't even finished listing everything yet, but it is late and I have to get up early, so I am going to have to sign off and give you an addendum tomorrow!

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