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iCal 8:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Celebrating anniversaries of Claude Debussy (1862–1918) and Jean Françaix (1912–97). This concert features some little-known secular French works from the twentieth century. Longy School of Music, Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall, Cambridge MA

iCal 3:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Celebrating anniversaries of Claude Debussy (1862–1918) and Jean Françaix (1912–97). This concert features some little-known secular French works from the twentieth century. Longy School of Music, Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall, Cambridge MA

iCal 3:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: A Choral Holiday. Join BCE for our annual holiday program! This year we will update the traditional lessons and carols format by presenting a mixture of sacred and secular music and readings for the holiday season. The program will include songs reflecting upon the image of the Virgin Mary as a rose and exploring the beauty and cruelty of midwinter snow, as well as traditional carols for choir and congregation accompanied by organ. Check out www.BostonChoral.org for tickets and more information. Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston MA (View flier)

iCal 8:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Déplorations. The act of deploration, or lament, especially for the death of a loved one, has inspired composers to write some of the most powerfully moving music. This concert begins with the famous Deploration on the death of Ockeghem by Josquin. In the first of two main sections we contrast Tallis’s settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah for men’s voices with Tartini’s setting of the Stabat Mater dolorosa for women’s voices. In the second main section, we highlight different approaches to text interpretation with settings of the same text of “When David Heard that Absalom was Slain,” from the Renaissance and from the twentieth century. The concert concludes with the monumental 40-part motet Spem in alium by Tallis (1505-85), a Renaissance masterpiece whose performance is always an occasion. St. Paul Church, 29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge MA 02138

iCal 8:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Déplorations. The act of deploration, or lament, especially for the death of a loved one, has inspired composers to write some of the most powerfully moving music. This concert begins with the famous Deploration on the death of Ockeghem by Josquin. In the first of two main sections we contrast Tallis’s settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah for men’s voices with Tartini’s setting of the Stabat Mater dolorosa for women’s voices. In the second main section, we highlight different approaches to text interpretation with settings of the same text of “When David Heard that Absalom was Slain,” from the Renaissance and from the twentieth century. The concert concludes with the monumental 40-part motet Spem in alium by Tallis (1505-85), a Renaissance masterpiece whose performance is always an occasion. Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington Street, Boston MA 02118

iCal 8:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Rose Songs. A spring bouquet, with special emphasis on the beautiful rose. With music by Rutter, Elgar, and Lauridsen, and featuring the Five Flower Songs, Op. 47, by Benjamin Britten, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Gordon Chapel, Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02116 (View flier)

iCal 3:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Rose Songs. A spring bouquet, with special emphasis on the beautiful rose. With music by Rutter, Elgar, and Lauridsen, and featuring the Five Flower Songs, Op. 47, by Benjamin Britten, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Gordon Chapel, Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02116 (View flier)

iCal 12:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Déplorations: A Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert. A concert exploring the act of deploration, or lament, featuring music by Josquin, Tomkins, Tartini, and Whitacre, and including the monumental Spem in alium for 40 voices by Thomas Tallis. Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington Street, Boston MA 02118 (View flier)

iCal 8:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: raindrops footsteps. We celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten with his famous Hymn to St. Cecilia, one of the greatest choral works of the twentieth century. We celebrate the extraordinary choral music of Arvo Pärt with works including his Magnificat, and the US premieres of two Pärt works composed in 2012. We perform another movement from Joby Talbot’s magnificent Path of Miracles (which will be presented in its entirety in our March concerts); and we include the world premiere of raindrops footsteps by Rita Ueda, winner of our 2013 competition for a new work. St. Paul Parish, 29 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge MA 02138 (View flier)

iCal 3:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: raindrops footsteps. We celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten with his famous Hymn to St. Cecilia, one of the greatest choral works of the twentieth century. We celebrate the extraordinary choral music of Arvo Pärt with works including his Magnificat, and the US premieres of two Pärt works composed in 2012. We perform another movement from Joby Talbot’s magnificent Path of Miracles (which will be presented in its entirety in our March concerts); and we include the world premiere of raindrops footsteps by Rita Ueda, winner of our 2013 competition for a new work. Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston MA 02116 (View flier)

iCal 3:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Choral Holiday - A Ceremony of Carols. Update of the traditional Lessons and Carols service with repertoire both old and new, including Paul Ayre’s reimagining of Handel’s “For unto us a child is born,” several works by Benjamin Britten to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth (including the “Ceremony of Carols”), carols by Poston, Rutter, Tavener and others, and carols for congregation accompanied on Old South Church’s world-famous organ. Selected seasonal readings complement the holiday program. Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston MA 02116 (View flier)

iCal 8:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Path of Miracles. The New England Premiere of Joby Talbot's choral masterwork Path of Miracles, a four movement opus that chronicles the El Camino de Santiago or "St. James Way" pilgrimage to Santiago, Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of Apostle St. James the Great are buried. St. Paul Parish, 29 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge MA 02138 (View flier)

iCal 3:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Path of Miracles. The New England Premiere of Joby Talbot's choral masterwork Path of Miracles, a four movement opus that chronicles the El Camino de Santiago or "St. James Way" pilgrimage to Santiago, Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of Apostle St. James the Great are buried. Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St., Boston MA 02118 (View flier)

iCal 7:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Cosmic Journey. Zvonimir Nagy: Eternal peace; Trond Kverno: Ave Maris Stella; György Ligeti: Lux Aeterna (popularized by the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey); Ēriks Ešenvald: Stars (for double choir and tuned water glasses); and other music related to the heavens and celestial bodies. The Hayden Planetarium in Boston's Science Museum will provide a spectacular visual depiction of the music. Tickets for this event are only available through the BCE web site. Space is limited, so book early. Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston MA 02114 (View flier)

iCal 5:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Cosmic Journey. Zvonimir Nagy: Eternal peace; Trond Kverno: Ave Maris Stella; György Ligeti: Lux Aeterna (popularized by the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey); Ēriks Ešenvald: Stars (for double choir and tuned water glasses); and other music related to the heavens and celestial bodies. The Hayden Planetarium in Boston's Science Museum will provide a spectacular visual depiction of the music. Tickets for this event are only available through the BCE web site. Space is limited, so book early. Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston MA 02114 (View flier)

iCal 7:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Cosmic Journey (Encore performance). Music related to the heavens and celestial bodies. Zvonimir Nagy: Eternal peace (World premiere); György Ligeti: Lux Aeterna (popularized by the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey); Ēriks Ešenvalds: Stars (for double choir and tuned water glasses); David Evans: For the Beauty of the Earth; Richard Felciano: Cosmic Festival; Ola Gjeilo: The Spheres; Calvin Hampton: "O Lord Support Us"; Arvo Pärt: Morning Star; Fred Squatrito (arr.): "Bright Morning Star"; Randall Stroope: We Beheld Once Again the Stars (Riveder le Stelle); Zachary Wadsworth: Look Down, Fair Moon (Winner of the BCE Commission Competition, 2008). The Hayden Planetarium in Boston's Science Museum will provide a spectacular visual depiction of the music. Tickets for this event are only available through the BCE web site. Space is limited, so book early. Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston MA 02114 (View flier)

iCal 8:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Dark, dark night. John Tavener: Funeral Ikos; Maurice Duruflé: Requiem, Op. 9; Carlo Gesualdo: composition for All Saints Day. Marsh Chapel, Boston University, 735 Commonwealth Ave, Boston MA 02215

iCal 4:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Dark, dark night. John Tavener: Funeral Ikos; Maurice Duruflé: Requiem, Op. 9; Carlo Gesualdo: composition for All Saints Day. Holy Cross Cathedral, 1400 Washington St, Boston MA 02118

iCal 4:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Annual holiday concert. Still, still night. Loosely based on the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols, this candlelight concert also includes carols for choir and congregation using the fine organ in Old South Church and many arrangements of secular carols. Old South Church, 645 Boylston St, Boston MA 02116

iCal 8:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Cold, cold night. David Lang: The Little Match Girl, a setting for choir and percussion instruments based on Hans Christian Anderson’s story describing the cold night in which a poor girl freezes to death; Samuel Beebe: Riding on a Train at Rush Hour (world premiere), a short opera. winner of the BCE 2014 composition competition. First Church, Cambridge, 11 Garden St, Cambridge MA 02138

iCal 4:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Cold, cold night. David Lang: The Little Match Girl, a setting for choir and percussion instruments based on Hans Christian Anderson’s story describing the cold night in which a poor girl freezes to death; Samuel Beebe: Riding on a Train at Rush Hour (world premiere), a short opera. winner of the BCE 2014 composition competition. Gordon Chapel at Old South Church, , 645 Boylston St, Boston MA 02116

iCal 8:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Long, long night. John Taverner (1490–1545): Dum transisset Sabbatum, five-voice motet (1575); Audivi vocem; John Tavener (1944–2013): Song for Athene (sung at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales); Ex Maria Virgine for choir and organ (excerpts). Encore performance added on June 13! First Church, Cambridge, 11 Garden St, Cambridge MA 02138 (View flier)

iCal 4:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Long, long night. John Taverner (1490–1545): Dum transisset Sabbatum, five-voice motet (1575); Audivi vocem; John Tavener (1944–2013): Song for Athene (sung at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales); Ex Maria Virgine for choir and organ (excerpts). Encore performance added on June 13! Holy Cross Cathedral, 1400 Washington St, Boston MA 02118 (View flier)

iCal 4:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Long, long night. John Taverner (1490–1545): Dum transisset Sabbatum, five-voice motet (1575); Audivi vocem; John Tavener (1944–2013): Song for Athene (sung at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales); Ex Maria Virgine for choir and organ (excerpts). Encore performance added on June 13! Holy Cross Cathedral, 1400 Washington St, Boston MA 02118 (View flier)

iCal 8:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: What Sweeter Music: 15th anniversary concert. We will be joined by the two previous artistic directors, founder Thomas Cunningham and successor Miguel Felipe, for this concert. First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St, Cambridge MA 02138

iCal 8:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Third Boston Byzantine Music Festival. Byzantine-inspired music by Arvo Pärt, John Tavener and Ivan Moody. First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St, Cambridge MA 02138

iCal 3:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Sing Nowell! — Holiday Concert. Loosely based on the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols, includes carols for choir and congregation. Old South Church, 645 Boylston St, Boston MA 02116

iCal 8:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: A Voice From Heaven. Herbert Howells: Requiem (1936/1980); David Lang: Little Match Girl Passion (2008) . Part of the annual conference of the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music. The concert will end with a round table discussion by a distinguished group of scholars and performers. Marsh Chapel, Boston University, 735 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA 02215

iCal 8:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Serenade to Music: Settings of Shakespeare. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music (text from The Merchant of Venice); Greg Brown (BCE Commission Competition winner, 2015): Neither rhyme nor reason (premiere); works by Jaakko Mäntyjävri and Frank Martin. members of the Actors' Shakespeare Project who will set the scene for each piece, with speeches from The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and others. Reception follows. First Church Congregational, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge MA 02138

iCal 8:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Jacob Obrecht: Missa De Sancto Donatiano (celebrating the 529th anniversary of the premiere); music by Einojuhani Rautavaara. Pre-concert lecture and display by Obrecht scholar M. Jennifer Bloxam (Williams College). First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St, Cambridge MA 02138

iCal 8:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Jacob Obrecht: Missa De Sancto Donatiano (celebrating the 529th anniversary of the premiere); music by Einojuhani Rautavaara. Pre-concert lecture and display by Obrecht scholar M. Jennifer Bloxam (Williams College). First Lutheran Church, 299 Berkeley St, Boston MA 02116

iCal 3:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Holiday concert: Secret Angels (loosely based on the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols). Music by John Tavener, Adrian Peacock, Francis Poulenc and others. Preceded by an organ recital by Andrew Shenton at 2:30. Old South Church, 645 Boylston St, Boston MA 02116 (View flier)

iCal 8:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Kaleidoscope. The world’s first ‘scratch and sniff’ choral concert, and ‘son et lumiere’ performance of color-themed works brought to life with computer-aided projections. Dominick Argento: Dover beach Revisited; PDQ Bach: "My bonny lass she smelleth"; Benjamin Britten: "The Ballad of Green Broom" (from Flower Songs); John Cage: (4:33); Simon Carrington (arr.): "My love is like a red, red rose"; Ēriks Ešenvalds: "Stars"; Olivier Messiaen: Rechant 1 (from Cinq rechants); Forrest Pierce: "Jasmine" (from The Jasmine Arrow Music, BCE Commission Competition Winner, 2009); Donald Skirvin: "Clear evening"; C.V. Stanford: "Quick! We have but a second"; "The Bluebird"; John Tavener: "Eonia"; Veljo Tormis: "Wind over the barrens" and "Heather" from Autumn Landscapes; Eric Whitacre: "A Boy and a Girl"; "With A Lily In Your Hand". First Church Congregational, 11 Garden St, Cambridge MA 02138 (View flier)

iCal 7:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Cosmos: Seeing Stars. Music by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Randall Stroope, Ola Gjeilo, and others, including the world premiere of a new work by Stacy Garrop, winner of our commission competition. Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston MA 02114 (View flier)

iCal 9:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Cosmos: Seeing Stars. Music by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Randall Stroope, Ola Gjeilo, and others, including the world premiere of a new work by Stacy Garrop, winner of our commission competition. Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston MA 02114 (View flier)

iCal 6:30 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Cosmos: Seeing Stars. Music by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Randall Stroope, Ola Gjeilo, and others, including the world premiere of a new work by Stacy Garrop, winner of our commission competition. Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston MA 02114 (View flier)

iCal 8:30 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Cosmos: Seeing Stars. Music by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Randall Stroope, Ola Gjeilo, and others, including the world premiere of a new work by Stacy Garrop, winner of our commission competition. Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston MA 02114 (View flier)

iCal 7:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Cosmos: Seeing Stars. Music by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Randall Stroope, Ola Gjeilo, and others, including the world premiere of a new work by Stacy Garrop, winner of our commission competition. Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston MA 02114 (View flier)

iCal 9:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Cosmos: Seeing Stars. Music by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Randall Stroope, Ola Gjeilo, and others, including the world premiere of a new work by Stacy Garrop, winner of our commission competition. Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston MA 02114 (View flier)

iCal 12:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Obrecht Saint Donatian Mass of 1487. Part of the Boston Early Music Festival. First Lutheran Church, 299 Berkeley Street, Boston MA 02116

iCal 8:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Connexion Française: Fête. Francis Poulenc: Mass in G; with works by Maurice Duruflé and Olivier Messiaen and organ music by Jean Langlais performed on the historic 1897 Hutchings Great Organ. Mission Church (Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help), 1545 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02120

iCal 3:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Christmas Connection: Noel. Eric Whitacre: Lux aurumque; Francis Poulenc: Christmas Motets; Hugo Distler: Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen; other holiday songs and carols. With Bill Littlefield, host of NPR's Only A Game. Concert is preceded by an organ recital by Andrew Shenton that starts at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $20–$30 in advance (additional $5 at the door); free with proof of an EBT card. Old South Church, 645 Boylston St, Boston MA 02116 (View flier)

iCal 8:00 PM. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA]: Deutscher Konnect: Totentanz. Hugo Distler: Totentanz, Op. 12; Heinrich Schütz: Musikalische Exequien (Funeral music), Op. 7; with music by Anton Heiller and Hans Werner Henze juxtaposing death and dance. Marsh Chapel, Boston University, 735 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA 02215


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