Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday link and announcement

Time for puns! Hat-tip to my father, and to the Musical Assumptions blog, which has one of the more lengthy and painfully punny versions floating around.

Also, Juventas, a Boston-based new music group, is looking for some volunteers.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Friday cat post!


Why yes. Yes I did shred these paper towels. Why do you ask?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Weekend Concert Calendar, 3/25/10

It's a rather lopsided week; barely anything on Friday, tons of stuff on Saturday, the usual amount of things on Sunday. Special shout-out to the Williams College Elizabethans, my old college group, who will be in town on their spring tour!

Friday:

4:00 pm: The Williams College Elizabethans; Spring Tour Concert; Harvey Wheeler Community Center, Concord.

8:00 pm: Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum; works by Haydn, Monteverdi, and Schütz; Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge.

Saturday:

Saturday is SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day! Click here for a link to lists of events in the greater Boston area.

3:00 pm: Master Singers of Lexington, with the Clarke Middle School Choruses; "Friendship"; Clarke Middle School, Lexington.

3:00 pm: Boston Children's Chorus; "The Human Spirit: A Choral Drama"; Bethel AME Church, Jamaica Plain.

4:00 pm: The Williams College Elizabethans; Spring Tour Concert; Plymouth Congregational Church, Belmont.

6:00 pm: Fine Arts Chorale; "Swing into Spring!" Chorale Fundraiser; Weymouth Elks Lodge.

7:30 pm: Boston University Choral Ensembles; works by Rautuvaara, Paulus, Copland, Chesnokoff, Britten, Hamlin and more; BU CFA Concert Hall, 855 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. With special guests the Lubbock, TX High School Choir.

7:30 pm: Needham High School A Cappella groups, with guests The Duke's Men of Yale and Duwende of NYC; 2nd Annual Vocal Support; Needham High School.

8:00 pm: Cappella Clausura; "Messa Paschale," works by Cozzolani, Leonarda, Cesis, and more; Parish of the Messiah, Newton.

8:00 pm: The Tallis Scholars; Music by the Franco-Flemish masters Compère, Mouton, Gombert, and Josquin; St. Paul Church, Cambridge. (Presented by BEMF.)

8:00 pm: Boston Gay Men's Chorus; "We the People"; Jordan Hall, NEC, Boston.

8:00 pm: The Unicorn Singers; "Shakespeare in Song"; Hingham House of Prayer.

Sunday:

2:00 pm: All A Cappella Live!; WERS hosts a battle of collegiate a cappella groups; Emerson Majestic Theatre, Boston.

3:00 pm: Boston Gay Men's Chorus; "We the People"; Jordan Hall, NEC, Boston.

5:00 pm: King's Chapel Choir; "Music from the Court of Christian IV of Denmark and Norway," including songs by Dowland, Schütz, Pedersøn, Schattenberg and more; King's Chapel, Boston.

7:00 pm: Old North Church choir; Annual Lenten Choral Concert, including Duruflé's Requiem, Allegri's Miserere, and Barber's The Crucifixion; Old North Church, Marblehead.

7:30 pm: Belmont Open Sings; Brahms' Requiem; Payson Park Church, Belmont. Scores will be provided, or bring your own.

7:30 pm: Northeastern Choral Society and Orchestra; Carmina Burana; The Fenway Center of Northeastern University, 77 Saint Stephen Street, Boston.

8:00 pm: Harvard University Choir and Baroque Chamber Orchestra; Bach's St. John Passion; Harvard Memorial Church, Cambridge.

Did I miss anything? Leave it in the comments!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Friday cat post!


Cat-in-the-box!

Weekend Concert Calendar, 3/19/10

Whoops, forgot to do the concert calendar yesterday evening. Hectic day. Well, have a partial concert calendar - that's better than nothing, right? I know for a fact, more than usual, that there are things missing from this list, so please leave more concert info in the comments!

One reason for that is I have a concert of my own this weekend, so I've been distracted. If you're on the South Shore on Sunday afternoon, come hear my group Anthology at First Parish Cohasset at 4 pm!

Friday:


8:00 pm: Zefiro; "Sacred/Salacious," music by Monteverdi, Palestrina, and Duruflé; St. Stephen's Church, Providence, RI.

Saturday:

8:00 pm: Musica Sacra; "The Spirit is Still Speaking: Choral Music of the Modern Era;" First Church Congregational, Cambridge. Includes a world premiere commissioned for Musica Sacra's 50th anniversary by the well-known Jan Sandström. (There is a joke in my family that when we were kids, and our parents would say that a person was famous, someone would then say, "Yes, but are they world-famous?" For the record, Sandström is world-famous.)

8:00 pm: Convergence; "Convergence in Concert," contemplative a cappella works including Tallis, Monteverdi, Pärt, and Tavener; Church of St. John the Evangelist, Boston.

8:00 pm: Zefiro; "Sacred/Salacious," music by Monteverdi, Palestrina, and Duruflé; Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill.


Sunday:

3:00 pm: Seraphim Singers; "Music of the New World" (works by Bermudez, Ginastera, Sumaya, and Villa Lobos); Mission Church, Boston.

3:00 pm: Polymnia; "Words of Wisdom and Love" (settings of Hebrew texts); Melrose Middle School.

3:00 pm: Zefiro; "Sacred/Salacious," music by Monteverdi, Palestrina, and Duruflé; The Nave Gallery, Clarendon Hill Church, Somerville.

4:00 pm: Anthology (that is, ME!); "A Concert of American Folk and Jazz"; First Parish Cohasset.

4:00 pm: The New England Federation of Men's Glee Clubs presents The Apollo Club of Boston, The Highland Glee Club, and the Saengerfest Men's Chorus; "Sing into Spring! A Festival of Men's Chorus Music"; Regis College Casey Theater, Weston.

Did I miss anything? Leave it in the comments!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday cat post!

You think dogs are intent when they watch you eat? You have no idea.
This is Oomi watching my brother eat breakfast.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Weekend Concert Calendar, 3/11/10

The big event this week is the Boston Jewish Music Festival. For a complete list of events, see their website - there is lots of choral stuff!

Friday:

8:00 pm: Cantata Singers; Poulenc's Mass in G, Stravinsky's Mass, and works by Monteverdi and Schütz; Jordan Hall, NEC, Boston.

Saturday:

8:00 pm: Back Bay Chorale; Handel's Israel in Egypt; Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge.

8:00 pm: Blue Heron Renaissance Choir; "Song of Songs / Songs of Love;" First Church Cambridge.

Sunday:

2:00 pm: Quincy Choral Society; "Musical Americana; A Salute to Our 50 States" (free concert and silent auction); Sacred Heart School, North Quincy.

3:00 pm: Arlington-Belmont Chorale and the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus; "An Almost Spring Evening - Works by Chesnakov, Dvorak, Vaughan Williams, and a world premiere by Kenneth Seitz"; First Parish Arlington.

3:00 pm: Masterworks Chorale; Verdi's Requiem; Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge.

4:00 pm: Chorus Pro Musica, Zamir Chorale and the New England Philharmonic; Ernest Bloch's Sacred Service, and a world premiere by Andrew Rindfliesch; John Hancock Hall, Boston. (This is the culminating event of the Boston Jewish Music Festival.)

4:00 pm: Seraphim Singers; "Music of the New World" (works by Bermudez, Ginastera, Sumaya, and Villa Lobos); United Church of Christ, Medfield.

5:30 pm: Exsultemus; "Music of Dresden" (works by Heinichen, Zelenka, and Schütz); First Lutheran Church, Boston.


Also, on Monday you can hear the Hamilton College Choir at Old South Church at 7:30 pm. On Thursday you can go to the 21st Annual Project Manna concert at Temple Emanuel in Newton; several choirs will be singing, and proceeds support Project Manna, a hot meals program and food pantry.

And this is not strictly choral, but it is beautiful music for a good cause: the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Boston is hosting a benefit concert for Haiti on Wednesday, March 17 at 5:30 pm. There is a wonderful lineup of singers and instrumentalists; this concert promises to be a good time for a charitable goal.

Did I miss anything? Leave it in the comments!

Friday, March 05, 2010

Friday cat post!


Oomi really, really wants to play with the window blind cord.

Also, a little extracurricular reading for cat lovers! (From a blog I love and recommend, Shakesville, although it is a high-post-frequency site that can get a little overwhelming. Hat tip to my brother.)

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Weekend Concert Calendar, 3/4/10

This time around we have something for you nearly every day of the week!

Friday:

8:00 pm: Boston Choral Ensemble; "Settings of the Tenebrae service," including Paul Crabtree’s Tenebræ Responsories on Songs by Bob Dylan; First Church Congregational, Cambridge.

8:00 pm: The Boston Camerata; "The Maria Monologies;" First Lutheran Church, Boston.

Saturday:

8:00 pm: Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society, with special guests the Spelman College Glee Club; Spring Choral Concert, featuring music of Tomkins, Mendelssohn,
Schubert, Barber, Stravinsky and Carter; Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge.

8:00 pm: Spectrum Singers; "Music You (and We) Love! Favorite Masterworks from Three Centuries, Selected by Our Audience and Performers;" First Church Congregational, Cambridge.

8:00 pm: Endicott College Singers; "Why I Sing: A Celebration of Women Composers and Song," including the world premiere of "Why I Sing" by Elizabeth Alexander; Rose Performance Hall, Beverly.

Sunday:

2:30 pm: Boston Choral Ensemble; "Settings of the Tenebrae service," including Paul Crabtree’s Tenebræ Responsories on Songs by Bob Dylan; Old South Church, Boston.

3:00 pm: Brookline Chorus; Brahms' Requiem; All Saints Parish, Brookline.

3:00 pm: Newton Choral Society; Ralph Vaughan Williams' Mass in G and Five Tudor Portraits; Second Church in Newton.


And on Monday, you have several options! First off, you can hear the Duke University Chorale at First Baptist Church in Newton. They are going to be singing "An Evening of Joy and Generosity," and proceeds benefit Haiti earthquake relief. Please also bring canned and dry goods for the Newton Food Pantry.

Also on Monday, the Boston Saengerfest Men's Chorus will join with the University of Virginia Glee Club and the Wellesley College Choir. This concert will be at 7:30 pm at the Wellesley College Houghton Memorial Chapel in Wellesley.

Moving into the week, you can hear the Gettysburg College Chorus on 7 pm on Tuesday at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Salem; and on Thursday, the Tufts' Choruses will perform the best-loved choral music from five centuries as selected by Tufts students.

Did I miss anything? Leave it in the comments!

Monday, March 01, 2010