An American Songbook Cabaret

September 23, 2020, 6:30 PM Cocktail hour, 7:30 PM Cabaret


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The Cabaret is coming!

An American Songbook Cabaret
w/ Silent Auction

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

6:30 PM Live & Interactive Cocktail hour (premium only)
7:30 PM Cabaret

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Have you ever wondered what our fabulous Blue Heron artists do when they aren’t singing beautiful medieval and renaissance pieces? Join us on the evening of Wednesday, September 23 to find out! The charismatic Herons will show off classic American tunes from the 30s to today in a light-hearted and exciting virtual cabaret, curated by Jason McStoots and Margot Rood.

Our silent auction to accompany this fundraising event will feature exciting items and experiences perfect for treating yourself or trying something new. Anyone can bid in the auction, even if you cannot attend the cabaret itself.

Why not start the evening at our live cocktail hour? Join fellow Premium Ticket holders and Blue Heron musicians in a lively, fun-filled Musical Trivia contest, complete with prizes. Our special guest host Robert B. Dimmick has been writing the popular, amusing online column of Perfect Propriety, Etiquetteer, for almost 20 years. Etiquette mistakes in history are just as much fun as knowing how to behave well, and Robert is known for hosting a good time.

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This highly important [Peterhouse recording] project, one of the most important early choral projects of our time, has unearthed a series of masterly composers hitherto virtually unknown...Such is the authority of Scott Metcalfe and his singers with this repertoire that they negotiate even the most daringly challenging and unexpected passages with utter confidence, and, as previously, with a delicious blend of expressiveness and seemingly inexorable forward momentum.

D. James Ross, Early Music Review (UK)

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

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.

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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

But Blue Heron’s devotion to this repertory — the ensemble has recorded five albums of music from the Peterhouse Partbooks — is not justified only by its rarity. This is vivid and radiant music. ...
... With two or three singers to a part and women stepping into the shoes of boy choristers, Blue Heron brings a zesty and sensual sound to these works of devotional music.

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