This weekend I am actually getting out of the house and seeing some of the choral concerts I am always telling you about! See you at the Musica Sacra concert on Saturday, and the Boston Cecilia concert on Sunday!
Friday: Masterworks Chorale is presenting Dvorak's beautiful Stabat Mater. Steven Karidoyanes will be conducting, and this concert is a tribute to Allen Lannom, who led the Masterworks Chorale for 53 years. Richard Dyer, formerly critic for the Boston Globe, will present the opening remarks. This will be at 8 pm at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University.
Also on Friday: Worcester Chorus.
Saturday: Musica Sacra presents "Double-Takes: One Text, Two Perspectives." They have chosen five texts, and will present two settings of each by two different composers. Included on the program are Ave Maria by Josquin and Biebl; When David Heard by Whitacre and Tomkins; and Psalm 51 by Brahms (Schaffe in mir, Gott) and Allegri (Miserere).
Check out this very cute video of chorus members talking about their favorite pieces!
Sunday: The Boston Cecilia will present Handel's Jephtha. This was Handel's final oratorio, and it will be Cecilia's final Handel oratorio under the baton of Donald Teeters. (Teeters is retiring at the end of next year.) Don Teeters is a Handel specialist, and over the years has led many acclaimed Handel oratorio performances; all the stops have been pulled out for this last one, so don't miss it! It will be at 2:30 pm (note the start time) at NEC's Jordan Hall in Boston. This should definitely be one of the most talked-about choral performances of the year.
Also on Sunday: Arlington-Belmont Chorale, the Brookline Chorus, Newton Choral Society, Quincy Choral Society, Sorellanza, Sounds of Stow.
On Tuesday, Blue Heron will be singing a FREE concert at St. Mary's Chapel on the BC Chestnut Hill campus.
And next Thursday, check out the University of Wisconsin-Madison Concert Choir at First Church Congregational, Cambridge at 8 pm. They are directed by Beverly Taylor (a familiar name in these parts) and have all kinds of goodies lined up, from Hogan to Howells.