This weekend is a big one - it is Cantilena's spring concert on Sunday! We are doing a program called May Days & Wild Nights: Madrigal Mayhem, which will feature some traditional English madrigals by Morley and Weelkes, some Italian madrigals by Kodaly (I know, right? You have to hear them) and two sets of modern madrigals by Roger Bourland, setting the texts of Dickinson and Francisco X. Alarcon. 7 pm, First Parish Arlington! Be there!
And, if you are free on Friday evening, there is going to be a fantastic organ concert by Christa Rakich at my church, First Parish Cohasset, at 7:30 pm. (That's tonight!)
Also, Harvard University is having their Arts First weekend right now as we speak, and boy, there is a lot of singing!
Friday: Handel & Haydn is performing Mozart's Requiem, and Handel's Dixit Dominus. Classics for a reason! 8 pm, Symphony Hall - let the good times roll.
Also on Friday: Harvard University Holden choruses.
Saturday: Tough choice. But I might recommend you go see the combined Holden choruses at Harvard University, who will be performing not only Beethoven's 9th Symphony but also the Boston premiere of John Adams' On the Transmigration of Souls. An amazing program, and with amazing musicians. 8 pm at Sanders Theatre.
Also on Saturday: Boston Gay Men's Chorus, Boston Harmony World Music Choir, Cantemus, Exsultemus, Fine Arts Chorale, Halalisa Singers, Harvard University Holden choruses, Nashoba Valley Chorale, Oriana Consort, Voices of Imani (BC).
Sunday: Come see me conduct Cantilena! Woooohooo! You did not know that madrigals came in such a variety, I promise you. One of them is about washing dishes.
Also on Sunday: Arlington-Belmont Chorale, Boston Saengerfest Men's Chorus, Cantemus, Halalisa Singers, Handel & Haydn Society, Harvard University Choir, New England Classical Singers, Treble Chorus of New England.
Did I miss anything? Leave it in the comments!