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Christmas in Baroque Germany with Award-Winning Ensemble Blue Heron
Friday, December 17, 2021 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 2:30 pm and 8:00 pm
Cambridge, Congregational, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge MA

Scott Metcalfe, Artistic Director
Contact: Kathleen Brittan, Executive Director
978-395-1145 or

Join Blue Heron for a jubilant Christmas in Baroque Germany. The program features composer Michael Praetorius, a central figure in the transmission of the new Italian styles to German lands in the early years of the seventeenth century. The music of Prateorius, as well as Samuel Scheidt, Johann Hermann Schein, and other early 17th century masters will be brought to glorious life by a dozen singers, a five-part violin ensemble, organ theorbo, and the brilliant cornetts, sackbuts, and recorders of the Dark Horse Consort.

Enjoy this incomparable concert either in-person or virtually. In-person tickets include virtual access or you are welcome to enjoy the concert in the comfort of your own home with virtual-only tickets. Virtual access will be available one week after the final live performance.

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Tickets for live concerts are $50 for adults, $35 for Seniors, $10 for students or low-income, and include on-line access. Tickets for online-only concerts are $39 for adults, $30 for seniors, $10 for students or low-income. Visit for full details.

BLUE HERON has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables” and hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for its “expressive intensity.” The ensemble ranges over a wide repertoire from plainchant to new music, with particular specialties in 15th-century Franco-Flemish polyphony and early 16th-century English sacred music, and is committed to vivid live performance informed by the study of original source materials and historical performance practices. With a catalog of twelve recordings, Blue Heron is the first group outside of Europe to receive the Gramophone Classical Music Award for Early Music (2018). Additional accolades in the Noah Greenberg Award form the American Musicological Society, and the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics’ Award) in 2020. Blue Heron is Renaissance vocal music for the 21st century.

The early music ensemble Dark Horse Consort is dedicated to unearthing the majestic late Renaissance and early Baroque repertoire for brass instruments. Inspired by the bronze horse statues in Venice’s famed St. Mark’s Basilica, the ensemble brings to new life the glorious sounds of composers such as Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi, and Heinrich Schütz. Dark Horse often expands to include vocalists and strings to recreate the rapturous kaleidoscope that was the sound of the early 17th-century ensemble.