Thursday, October 16, 2008

Weekend Concert Calendar, 10/16/08

I'm happy to announce that I'm singing three concerts with a fabulous group this weekend. Schola Cantorum, under the direction of Fred Jodry, is one of the best Renaissance choirs in Boston (if I do say so myself.) We will be performing Byrd's Mass for Five Voices (two on a part! so much fun!) as well as some sacred and secular works by Weelkes and Gibbons. We are performing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but if you live in the Boston area, you will want to aim for the concert TONIGHT! , which is at 8:00 pm at St. Johns, 35 Bowdoin Street, Boston, MA 02114. The other concert locations are both in RI, and are listed below under Saturday and Sunday.

This group is an absolute blast to sing with - everyone is so good, and there's no greater joy than just slotting yourself into exactly the right place in a small ensemble, feeling the support of a solid musical structure around you, and just soaring with the music. Don't miss it! Byrd only wrote three masses, they are all masterpieces, and they are not performed nearly enough.


Schola Cantorum! St. John's in downtown Boston! 8 pm!


Schola Cantorum! Saint Joseph Church, 86 Hope Street, Providence, RI! 8 pm!

At 9 am at the Indian Hill Music School, there will be the first of two workshops this weekend with Kate Munger, founder of the Threshold Choir movement, on circle singing. Saturday's workshop is an introductory one, and will run from 9 am to 4 pm. More info is here. There will also be a workshop on Sunday from noon to 5 pm with singers who are already familiar with the Threshold choir movement.

The Boston Early Music Festival presents the Collegium Vocale Ghent from Belgium, one of the top vocal ensembles in the world. They will be performing at 8 pm at First Church Congregational in Harvard Square, 11 Garden St., Cambridge. They will be performing music by Haydn, with guest director Kristian Bezuidenhout on the fortepiano.

At 7:00 pm at St. James's Episcopal Church, Porter Square, Cambridge, there will be a benefit concert for the Helping Hand Food Pantry, which will feature, among other performers, the St. James's Mens' Choir. More info here.

At 7:30 pm, the Boston University Choruses will present a concert of various works, including Mozart and Durufle, at the CFA Concert Hall, 855 Commonwealth Avenue. More information is here.


Schola Cantorum! Saint Michael’s Church, High Street, Bristol, RI 02493! 3 pm!

At 1:30 pm the Boston Camerata will be at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, presenting works by Dufay, Monteverdi, Josquin, and others.

It's a bit far afield, but at 7:30 pm at the First Church of Christ in New Britain, CT, Concora will present a concert called American Voices.

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