Dec. 16 & 17: Christmas in 15th-century France & Burgundy

A captivating mix of mysticism and merriment. Music of Du Fay, Josquin, Obrecht, Brumel, Regis and others. THREE CONCERTS: Friday at 8 PM, and Saturday at 2:30 PM & 8 PM.


Critics Rave

About Missa Ecce ancilla domini: "Blue Heron takes Ockeghem to new heights" Jeffrey Gantz, The Boston Globe / "[A] riveting performance" Virginia Newes, The Boston Music Intelligencer


"The singing is both precise and fluid, immaculate and alive" -- Alex Ross, The New Yorker | Aug. 24, 2015


"The earthy sensuousness of Blue Heron's singing coupled with the curatorial care behind its programming have clearly earned the trust of audiences" -- Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe | December 23, 2013


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Fall Soirée (Fundraiser)
Nov. 7 Boston

A Song for Syria (Benefit)
Nov. 12 Brookline

A More Subtle Art: The 14th-century Avant-Garde
November 18 Providence

Christmas in 15th-century France & Burgundy
December 16 Cambridge
December 17 Cambridge (2:30 & 8 PM)
December 18 New York City

Music of Du Fay for Florence and the Medici
February 12 Washington, D.C. (2 PM & 4 PM)

Ockeghem@600, Concert 5 (Missa Caput)
February 17 Lexington
February 18 Cambridge
February 19 Hingham

Machaut’s Remede de Fortune (with Les Délices)
March 9 Oberlin
March 11 Cleveland (3 PM Free Family Concert)
March 11 Cleveland (8 PM)
March 12 Shaker Heights, OH
March 17 Cambridge
March 19 Grand Rapids

The Lost Music of Canterbury
April 28 Cambridge


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I feel privileged to be able to revel in such a subtle shaped set of performances... This is the kind of recording that makes you sit up and pay attention.. There is plenty that is memorable here, and always the anticipation of something juicy to relish just around the corner. You can't ask much more than that from a CD.

Dominy Clements, MusicWeb International

a revelation - fresh, dynamic and vibrant...urgent and wondrous music-making of the highest order

Damian Fowler, Gramophone (UK)

fine gradations of dynamics; pungent diction; telling contrasts of ethereal and earthly timbres; tempos that are more lusty than languid; a way of propelling a phrase toward a goal. ... The singing is both precise and fluid, immaculate and alive...

Alex Ross, The New Yorker

A listener then would have been lucky to hear these works brought off with such panache. The program is by turns pensive and lively, and the scholarship required to evoke stylistic accuracy is put totally at the service of performance.

David Allen, The New York Times

Metcalfe’s small choir, recorded live, allows the music’s sweetness, its modest sense of joy, to speak for itself.

Richard Fairman, The Financial Times