Our season opener exemplifies what we hope you always discover at a Blue Heron concert—a program filled with wonderful music you may have never heard a note of before, by composers who may be completely new to you (Pevernage, anyone?), sung by an ensemble of expressive soloists who love singing chamber music together. We invite you to come along with us for an entire season of more!
Explore Our Concert Season
In December our much-loved program “Christmas in Medieval England” returns, revised and refreshed with new carols, plainchant, and polyphony. January’s “Renaissance Portraits” offers a musical complement to a magnificent exhibition presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011-12. This exhibition featured a sumptuous catalogue and ties directly in to our online Spotlight Session with BU professor of art Jodi Cranston, who will also give a pre-concert talk at our January performance. The concert itself features musical portraits of a range of Renaissance personalities: popes and nobles, lovers and spouses, patrons and friends, a cocky cook, and a desperately self-absorbed lover.
In March join us for the next installment in our exploration of the Italian madrigal. Following on our program of settings of Petrarch and our world-premiere recording of the complete First Book of Madrigals by Cipriano de Rore, we turn to the poetry of Torquato Tasso, especially his epic, at once dramatic and lyric, Gierusalemme liberata, which includes the heart-stopping story of the duel between Tancredi and Clorinda. This program, too, will be preceded by an extended introduction in a Spotlight Session with the world’s leading expert on Tasso in music, Emiliano Ricciardi from UMass Amherst.
In April our season will wind up with a weekend-long celebration of the music of Johannes Okeghem, every note of whose surviving music Blue Heron has now sung. Our mainstage concert on Saturday, April 13th, will be surrounded by talks, lecture-demonstrations, a master class, and a pub concert featuring Belgian food and drink—watch your email for an announcement with all the details, coming soon!
I hope you won’t miss a single one of these events. For now, put October 14th in your calendar and we’ll see you in Cambridge for the concert and reception. (And by the way, you’ll want to hear the pre-concert talk, too, by Harvard professor Kate van Orden.) Until then, enjoy the glorious fall!