2016–2017 Choral Season Highlights

Over 600 performances are listed on the Choral Arts New England events calendar between September 2016 and June 2017. Here are just a few season highlights. See the the online calendar for the complete and up-to-date set of events.

Premieres and choral commissions (by composer)

Major or especially interesting works

Special programs (a few of many)—Chronological.

  • Vermont Sings For Peace. Ninth annual concert joining area choruses in song to raise money for social justice. Counterpoint [VT], 9/18/16.
  • Jacob Obrecht: Missa De Sancto Donatiano (celebrating the 529th anniversary of the premiere); music by Einojuhani Rautavaara. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA], 10/14/16, 10/15/16.
  • Donald McCullough: Holocaust Cantata; James Whitbourn: LuminosityChoral Art Society [ME], 10/16/16.
  • Oppression, Exile, and Solidarity. James MacMillan: Cantos Sagrados; Zachary Wadsworth: Old War Dreams; Richard Clark: I Am The Land (premiere); Herbert Howells: Requiem. Seraphim Singers [MA], 11/6/16, 11/13/16.
  • Songs of Thanksgiving. Aaron Copland: Lark; Arvo Pärt: Magnificat; Eric Whitacre: Go, Lovely Rose; Dwight Bigler: Fulfillment; Gwyneth Walker: My Love Walks in Velvet. Music on the Hill Chamber Chorus [CT], 11/6/16.
  • A Little Night (and Day) Music. Ola Gjeilo: Luminous Night of the Soul; Sunrise Mass; Morten Lauridsen: Sure on This Shining Night; Dan Forrest: Good Night, Dear Heart. Salisbury Singers [MA], 11/12/16.
  • J.S. Bach: Magnificat; “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied”, BWV 225; Samuel Barber: Agnus Dei; Zoltán Kodály: Norwegian Girls, Too Late, The Peacock. Coro Allegro [MA], 11/13/16.
  • Entartete Musik. Music by Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Hindemith and others labeled “degenerate” composers by the Nazis. Cantata Singers Chamber Series [MA], 11/18/16.
  • Tyler’s Suite, eight songs written by Stephen Schwartz, John Corigliano, Jake Heggie, and Ann Hampton Callaway. Ridgefield Chorale [CT], 11/19/16.
  • John Myers: Visions of Norman Rockwell. Music inspiired by the paintings Checkers, Freedom from Fear, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want. Crescendo [MA], 11/25/16.
  • Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria; Randall Thompson: Glory to God in the Highest; Dominick Argento: Gloria. Master Singers of Lexington [MA], 12/11/16.
  • Daniel: A Medieval Masterpiece Revisited. The musical play of Daniel, newly transcribed and staged. Boston Baroque [MA], 1/26/17, 1/29/17.
  • Martín Palmeri: Misatango (Misa a Buenos Aires); Domenico Zipoli: Beatus Vir. Andover Choral Society [MA], 1/29/17.
  • Art and Music: Repertoire inspired by the artwork at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Small ensembles sing in the museum galleries with music related to the artworks in each room. CONCORA [CT], 2/12/17.
  • Music for Chorus and Percussion. Dan Forrest: Three Nocturnes; Abide; Dominick DiOrio: Alleluia; Eric Whitacre: Cloudburst; Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms; Charles Ives: Psalm 90; Michael Galib: Different Ways to Pray; Eric William Barnum: Sweetheart of the Sun. Providence Singers [RI], 3/11/17, 3/12/17.
  • J.S. Bach: “Komm, Jesu, Komm,” BWV 229; Arvo Pärt: Da pacem, The Beatitudes. Back Bay Chorale [MA], 3/11/17.
  • A Caravan of Song. Abbie Betinis: From Behind the Caravan: Songs of Hâfez; Countess of Dia: A Chantar. Cappella Clausura [MA], 3/18/17, 3/19/17.
  • Les Six: Music by Honegger, Auric, Durey, Milhaud, Poulenc, and Tailleferre. Cantata Singers Chamber Series [MA], 3/31/17.
  • Cosmos: Seeing Stars. Music by Eriks Ešenvalds, Randall Stroope, Ola Gjeilo, and others, performed at the Hayden Planetarium. Boston Choral Ensemble [MA], 5/11/17, 5/14/17, 5/18/17.
  • Arthur Honegger: King David; Yehudi Wyner: Torah Service; Lazar Weiner: Yiddish Art Songs and Choruses. Cantata Singers [MA], 5/12/17.
  • Steven Sametz: A Child’s Requiem (an oratorio composed as a response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School); music by Rutter, Tormis, and Maxwell Davies. Metropolitan Chorale of Brookline [MA], 5/12/17.
  • A Choral Bestiary. Manuel Oltra: Bestiari; Peter Willsher: Everyone Suddenly Burst out Singing; Charles Stanford: The Bluebird; Benjamin Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb. Musica Sacra [MA], 5/13/17.
  • George Gershwin: Of Thee I Sing (concert version). Chorus pro Musica [MA], 5/17/17.
  • The Life of King David in words and song (with readings by author Geraldine Brooks). Thomas Tomkins: When David Heard; Eric Whitacre: When David Heard, Heinrich Schutz: Psalmen David, G.F. Handel: Zadok the Priest. Cantilena Chamber Choir [MA], 6/3/17.
  • Witness. New works by James Kallembach, Augusta Read Thomas, Shawn Kirchner, and Jonathan Woody; William Byrd: Mass for Three Voices. Lorelei Ensemble [MA], 6/10/17, 6/11/17
Effective date: 
Saturday, April 29, 2017