We are all ridiculously spoiled for choice this weekend. Especially on Sunday. I'm just sayin'.
From 7-9 pm there will be a Balkan Singing Workshop led by internationally renowned Balkan vocalist and performer, Tatiana Sarbinska. This will be at Springstep, 98 George P. Hassett Dr., Medford. Pre-registration is suggested, but walk-ins are welcome.
The Handel & Haydn Society will present Brahms' First Symphony, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto (starring violinist Ilya Gringolts) and the world premiere of a choral tribute to Handel by Tom Vignieri, all under the direction of Grant Llewellyn. This will be at 8 pm at Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave, Boston. This program will be repeated on Sunday.
I don’t usually mention a cappella, just because there’s too much of it for me to handle including it in these weekly posts. But I’ll make an exception for the Boston Regional Harmony Sweepstakes! You can hear a number of different a cappella groups all competing to go to the national sweepstakes in California, and it’s always a fun night. It’s going to be hosted by last year’s winners, Syncopation, who are absolutely fantastic. This will be at 7:30pm at the Cohen Auditorium, Tufts University, 40 Talbot Ave., Medford. It will sell out, so if you are interested, follow the link and get your tickets in advance!
For much of Saturday, Emmanuel Music, in collaboration with Winsor Music, will present "A Bach Birthday Celebration." From 2-5 pm there will be a master class with John Harbison; and at 7:00 pm there will be a discussion of Bach Cantata BWV 1215 with Rev. Pamela Werntz and John Harbison, followed by a performance conducted by John Harbison and featuring members of Emmanuel Music. This is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance; call 617-536-3356. This will be at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston.
The Back Bay Chorale will present Britten's Psalm 70, Gerald Finzi's Requiem da camera and several works by Mozart under the baton of director Scott Allen Jarrett. This will be at 8 pm at Sanders Theater, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge.
Musica Sacra will present "Give Ear To Thy People: Choral Music from the Jewish Tradition" under the baton of director Mary Beekman. The concert will feature Paths of Stone and Water, a world premiere written for Musica Sacra by Osnat Netzer, Israeli composer and pianist. The concert also includes Aaron Copland's In the Beginning, music by Noam Elkies, Yiddish choral music from the early 20th century, and other selections from the Jewish diaspora. This will be at 8 pm at First Church Congregational, 11 Garden St., Cambridge.
The Sounds of Stow Festival Chorus and Orchestra will present "Music of Celebration," featuring works by Mendelssohn on his 200th birthday under the direction of Barbara Jones. This will be at 3 pm at Hale Middle School, 55 Hartley Rd, Stow.
The Oriana Consort will present “Miracles of Spring: Choral music for Easter and Passover from the 16th, 17th, 18th, and 20th centuries”. The program will include works by Bach, Delalande, Philips, Pärt, Yehezkel Brain, and Frank Ticheli's beautiful piece "There Will Be Rest." If you want to learn more about the program, go read and/or listen to my interview with director Walter Chapin! This will be at 4:00 pm at the Old Ship Meeting House, 90 Main St., Hingham. And it's FREE!
The Seraphim Singers and the Boston Boy Choir, under the direction of Jennifer Lester, will present "The Abiding Chorale;" music by Bach, Brahms, Gyger, Distler, and including a newly commissioned work by Sawyer. This will be at Mission Church, 1545 Tremont St., Boston.
The Polymnia Society will present a program called “Queen of Peace,” a concert of Marian texts, under the direction of Murray Kidd. This will be at 4:00 pm at St. Mary's Church, 46 Myrtle St., Melrose. (Fun fact: someone listed this on the Boston Globe website as "Queen of Peach"!)
There will be a Gospel Concert at 7:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 270 Franklin St., Quincy. I don't have much more information about it!
The Handel & Haydn Society will present Brahms' First Symphony, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto (starring violinist Ilya Gringolts) and the world premiere of a choral tribute to Handel by Tom Vignieri, all under the direction of Grant Llewellyn. This will be at 8 pm at Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave, Boston.
Correction: I was wrong about the Boston Secession concert; that is not this weekend, it has been postponed. Mea culpa!