Blue Heron's 22nd Subscription Season

Tickets on Sale July 1, 2020

 

French Songs I: Les peres de joyeuseté

October 17, 2020

 

A Blue Heron Christmas Special

December 19, 2020

 

French Songs II: The Next Generation

February 13, 2021

 

Guillaume de Machaut: Le grant retthorique

April 17, 2021

 

OCKEGHEM SONGS VOLUME I

“. . .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)

 

YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS

Ticket revenue is not sufficient to fund our work. We are deeply grateful for gifts, at every level, which support world class performances and recordings.

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Blue Heron Announces 2020-2021 Season – with your help!

While we have all been affected by these unprecedented months of loss and isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of us at Blue Heron have been buoyed by your messages of encouragement, compassion, and dedication. With gratitude, we are inspired to meet the challenge presented by the impossibility of the concert life we all love by creating novel ways to keep us singing, you listening, and all of us connected and uplifted through the power of music.

By renewing your subscription at last year’s level, you enable us to launch a 22nd Season full of activities both familiar and new.

The formats will be web-based this season due to performing restrictions and health concerns, but we will make a virtue of necessity and explore how we can add value to your experience:

  • Pre-recorded concerts will be introduced by expanded pre-concert talks that include visual illustrations and musical examples not possible at live concerts.
  • The web-based concerts themselves may also include illustrations and subtitles.
  • You may augment your subscription by participating in an Ockeghem Academy or enjoy new solo performances or interviews with Blue Heron musicians and special guests.

Click Here to read Scott Metcalfe’s letter from June 4, 2020.

Upcoming Concerts

Subscribe to the Season!

French Songs I: Les peres de joyeuseté
October 17, 2020

A Blue Heron Christmas Special
December 19, 2020

French Songs II: The Next Generation
February 13, 2021

Le grant retthorique: Guillaume de Machaut
April 17, 2021

New this Season!

Ockeghem Academy
A 3-part lecture series (90 minutes each) presented by Blue Heron’s Artistic Director Scott Metcalfe and Professor Sean Gallagher (New England Conservatory, adviser to our Ockeghem@600 project).

Spotlight Sessions
Exquisite solo performances, interviews featuring a diversity of interests and expertise, and single classes programmed exclusively for Blue Heron, each 45-60 minutes.





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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