Spotlight Session: Sean Gallagher

French art song, c. 1380-1520: From after Machaut through Josquin


Un petrarchino cantato

Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 2:30 & 8:00 PM


Blue Heron’s 23rd Season

All season concerts available in person AND online!


A 14th-Century Salmagundi

Now available on physical CD.



“. . .these neglected chansons take on a hitherto unsuspected radiance that touches heart and mind alike.” Bestenliste, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (January 2020)


Cipriano de Rore, Madrigals for five voices (1542): WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING

“. . .masterfully, sensitively done, and most highly recommended.” – Early Music America (June 2020)


Spotlight Session: Sean Gallagher

French art song, c. 1380-1520: From after Machaut through Josquin

Wednesday, January 26, 2022
7:00-8:30 PM
Online via Zoom

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A fascinating journey across the music and history of the long fifteenth century, enlivened by recorded performances and images of contemporary musical manuscripts.

Ce jour de l’an que mant doist estrenier
by Baude Cordier (fl. c. 1400)

Sophie Michaux (voice), Laura Jeppesen & Scott Metcalfe (fiddle)

Video by Kathy Wittman | Ball Square Films
Audio by Joel Gordon

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In light of recent developments with COVID-19 variants, Blue Heron is establishing safety protocols for the protection of everyone attending our concerts this season. Click here for the most up-to-date policy information.

We are so excited to see you all again in person, and we thank you in advance for your flexibility as we do what we can to keep you and our musicians safe!

Blue Heron’s 2021-2022 Season

All 2021-2022 concerts will now be available in-person AND online!
In-person ticket holders must provide proof of COVID vaccination at the door.
Please see our full COVID safety policy to learn more.

February 12, 2022
Un petrarchino cantato: A musical valentine of 16th-century madrigals

March 18 & 19, 2022
Ockeghem@600 Concert 11: Missa sine nomine a 5

April 22 & 23, 2022
Many Voices: Obrecht, Aleotti, Daniel-Lesur, Sanlıkol & Allen

Spotlight Sessions

In-depth explorations of topics related to our 2021-2022 programs. Presented online only, Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 PM.

January 26, 2022
Sean Gallagher (New England Conservatory): French art song, c. 1380-1520.

March 30, 2022
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol (New England Conservatory): Introduction to Devran

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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.

Dominy Clements, MusicWeb International

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.

Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times