It's a good weekend! Tough choices.
Friday: On Friday, there is really only one choice. The Cantata Singers will be presenting Bach's Mass in B Minor. I have no doubt that they will hit it out of the park. At NEC's Jordan Hall at 8 pm. They will also perform it at 3 pm on Sunday, and in fact, put together with the Freisinger Chamber Orchestra's performance on Saturday, you could hear Bach's Mass in B Minor every single day this weekend! What a city!
Saturday: On Saturday, Blue Heron will be presenting the music of Tomás Luis de Victoria. He is one of my favorite composers, they are one of my favorite groups, and this concert is sure to be exquisitely beautiful. The concert is at 8 pm at First Church Congregational, Cambridge, and there is a pre-concert lecture at 7:15 pm.
Also on Saturday: Boston Camerata, Freisinger Chamber Orchestra (Bach's Mass in B Minor).
Sunday: Oh gosh, Sunday. A hard day to decide! On the one hand, you should go see my friend up-and-coming mezzo-soprano Eileen Christiansen sing with the Polymnia Choral Society, which will perform Michael Haydn's rarely-heard and excellent Requiem at 4 pm at St. Mary's Church in Melrose. On the other hand, how can I not recommend Rossini's utterly charming and also rarely-performed Petite Messe Solenelle, performed by Chorus Pro Musica at 3 pm at Old South Church in Boston? And on the third hand...Ladysmith Black Mambazo! EEEEEEEEE! Whatever you do, don't let indecision paralyze you!
Also on Sunday: Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Cantata Singers, Chorus Pro Musica, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Polymnia Choral Society.