Here is your weekend concert calendar!
At 7:30 pm, the Boston University Chorale Ensembles present Walton's Te Deum. This will be at Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA. And it's free!
At 8:00 pm, the Boston College University Chorale and Symphony Orchestra present Orff's Carmina Burana. So if you missed the sold-out shows at the BSO last weekend, you can still get your Orff fix! This will be at Trinity Chapel on the Newton BC Campus. They will repeat this program on Saturday.
At 7:30 pm, Vox Lucens will present works by Gombert, accompanied by remarks by director Jay Lane about sacred choral music of mid-sixteenth-century Flanders. At St. Anne's Parish, 75 King St., Littleton, MA.
At 8:00 pm, the Boston Secession will perform Schnittke's Requiem (if you don't know this piece, it is wicked cool) as well as Bach's Lobet de Herrn and Brahms' O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf. And provided I get over this cold, I will be going! My first Boston Secession concert - I'm so excited! First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA.
As mentioned above, at 8:00 pm, the Boston College University Chorale and Symphony Orchestra present Orff's Carmina Burana. This will be at Trinity Chapel on the Newton BC Campus.
At 8:00 pm, the MIT Chamber Chorus will present works by Bach's Cantata 21 and Britten's Cantata Misericordium. This will be at MIT's Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge, MA, and it's free!
At 8:00 pm, Coro Stella Maris presents a program titled "Byrd: Gradualia - Courage and Contemplation under Duress." This group is directed by the same conductor as my group Cappella Clausura, so you know it's going to be worth checking out! This performance will be at the Annisquam Village Church, 8210 Washington St., Gloucester, MA.
At 3:00 pm, the Masterworks Chorale presents Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, a really delightful work. This will be at Sanders Theater at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.
At 3:00 pm, as mentioned above, Coro Stella Maris presents a program titled "Byrd: Gradualia - Courage and Contemplation under Duress." This performance will be at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St., Gloucester, MA.
At 3:00 pm, Coro Allegro presents Faure's Requiem and Poulenc's La Figure humaine. I have to admit, this made my eyes pop, b/c the Poulenc is ridiculously difficult. One of the soloists on this concert will be a friend of mine (and also extremely accomplished soprano) Paula Downes. (Check out her very snazzy website for sound and video.) This will be at Church of the Covenant, 67 Newbury St., Boston.
At 4:00 pm, the Harvard University Choir will present Britten's St. Nicholas. This will be at Memorial Church, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
And although I don't usually tell you all about opera, simply because there's too much of it for me to handle, I would like to point out that the Harvard Early Music Society is putting on Francesco Cavalli's L'Ormindo. This will be on tonight (11/13) through Sunday at the New College Theatre, 10 Holyoke St., Cambridge, MA. I went to a workshop at Harvard last week where several of the leads sang, and I have to say, it is quite worth going to. There is one tenor, in particular, who was quite stunning!
And next week, on Tuesday, you can hear a live radio broadcast of the Chicago Lyric Opera production of Porgy and Bess. (With local Boston tenor Michael Belle in the chorus!) The Chicago station WFMT will be broadcasting the opening night performance, starting at 7:15 Central Standard Time on November 18th. Click on this link to set up streaming audio on your computer for the performance.