CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: June 1, 2020

Dear Friends of Blue Heron:
At the onset of concert cancellations last March related to the COVID-19 health crisis, we had sincerely hoped to reschedule our March 28 concert, Many Voices, to early June. Due to Massachusetts state re-opening phase restrictions, we regretfully must cancel this concert.

If you purchased tickets to this concert, please consider donating the value of your ticket back to Blue Heron. The arts and culture sector has faced devastating financial loss due to this pandemic and Blue Heron is no exception. Your support through donating back your tickets will help us defray some of the economic hardship we face in the months ahead. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 617-960-7956.

We look forward to presenting this concert in a future season when we are again free to bring many voices to you in a live concert. In the meantime, we’re currently planning for a novel approach to our 2020-2021 season. Be on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks. Until then, we sincerely thank you for being a part of the Blue Heron family!

Many Voices

CANCELED: Saturday, March 28 • 3 PM

First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
11 Garden Street (Next to the Sheraton Commander)


MANY VOICES is a celebration of diverse voices and styles. European music before 1600 is represented by the Salve regina for six voices by the 15th-century Flemish composer Jacob Obrecht and a pair of madrigals by one of the few published female composers of the 16th century, Vittoria Aleotti. Leaping forward to the 20th century, Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur’s Le Cantique des cantiques, from 1952, sets poetry from the Song of Songs, translated into French, in a rich texture of twelve solo voices. Boston’s own Grammy-nominated composer Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol (pictured below) brings us into the present day with Devran, a polyphonic work that marries Sufi Muslim texts, Renaissance counterpoint, and elements of traditional Middle Eastern music. The concert also features a guest appearance by Sanlikol’s ensemble DÜNYA, a collective specializing in music from Turkish traditions.

Free pre-concert talk by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol (Dünya, New England Conservatory) at 2:15 PM / Doors and box office open at 2 PM

BLUE HERON (Scott Metcalfe, dir.)
Jennifer Ashe
Jonas Budris
Pamela Dellal
Paul Guttry
Steven Hrycelak
David McFerrin
Jason McStoots
Martin Near
Jessica Petrus
Margot Rood
Mark Sprinkle
Sonja DuToit Tengblad

DÜNYA
Rıdvan Aydınlı
Robert Labaree
George Lernis
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol

Buy in advance and save: $75 Sec. A / $49 Sec. B / $35 Sec. C (General) / $27 Senior (General) / $10 Student/Low Income (General)
At the door: $78 / $52 / $38 / $30 / $10
Under 18 admitted free