My goodness, August is here. (Well, in 12 hours.) Dear me. I don't know about you, but that makes me think about all the projects (a year's worth, in fact) that I saved up over the past year for this summer, and now have not yet completed.
Clearly, we should distract ourselves from such thoughts with concerts and summer sings!
First off, Chanticleer is TONIGHT at Tanglewood!
Second, I am happy to announce that there are actually some choral concerts this weekend in our fair city and not out in some idyllic bucolic pasture hours away.
On Friday, August 1 at 8:00 pm at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, the Harvard Summer School Chorus will perform Schubert’s Mass in E-Flat. More information is here.
On Sunday, August 3, at 4:00 pm, you can go to the East Lawn of the Longfellow National Historic Site, 106 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA and hear a concert by the Longfellow Chorus from Portland, ME directed by Charles Kaufmann. This will be a collection of settings of Longfellow texts. More info is here.
If you are looking for bucolic, you can hear Aston Magna perform Monteverdi madrigals at Bard's College and Simon's Rock College or the Berkshire Choral Festival perform
Water Music from the British Isles in Sheffield.
If opera is your game, there are a few interesting things coming up, particularly a production of Carmen this weekend by Boston Midsummer Opera.
And next week, I am happy to announce that yours truly will be guest-starring in an organ concert with Josh Lawton at Old West Church, 131 Cambridge St., Boston on Tuesday evening at 8:00 pm.
Summer Sing Schedule for the upcoming week:
Monday, August 4, 7:30 pm, Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston
Chorus pro Musica hosts a sing-through of the Brahms Requiem with guest conductor Betsy Burleigh.
Monday, August 4, 8:00 pm, Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem
The Paul Madore Chorale hosts a sing-through of the Manzoni Requiem with guest conductor Max Hobart.
Tuesday, August 5, 8:00 pm, National Heritage Museum, Marrett Road and Massachusetts Ave, Lexington
Masterworks Chorale hosts a sing-through of Vaughn Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem with guest conductor Katherine FitzGibbon.