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"The singing is both precise and fluid, immaculate and alive" -- Alex Ross, The New Yorker | Aug. 24, 2015

Jessie Ann Owens and Blue Heron are the 2015 Winners of the Noah Greenberg Award, given once annually by the American Musicological Society “for outstanding performance projects,” to fund a world premiere recording of Cipriano de Rore's “I madrigali a cinque voci” (1542).

"Superb... A listener then would have been lucky to hear these works brought off with such panache. The program is by turns pensive and lively, and the scholarship required to evoke stylistic accuracy is put totally at the service of performance. There's a deeply affecting edge to the singing..." -- David Allen, The New York Times, December 22, 2015

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Concerts

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A More Subtle Art: The 14th-century avant-garde
June 12 New London (Connecticut Early Music Festival)

Capturing Music (with Prof. Thomas Forrest Kelly)
Private event at American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Sept. 14 Cambridge

Ockeghem@600, Concert 4 (Missa Ecce ancilla domini)
October 15 Cambridge
October 16 Providence

A More Subtle Art: The 14th-century Avant-Garde
November 18 Providence

Christmas in 15th-century France & Burgundy
December 16 Cambridge
December 17 Cambridge (2:30 & 8 PM)
December 18 New York City

Music of Du Fay for Florence and the Medici
February 12 Washington, D.C. (2 PM & 4 PM)

Ockeghem@600, Concert 5 (Missa Caput)
February 17 Lexington
February 18 Cambridge
February 19 Hingham

Machaut’s Remede de Fortune (with Les Délices)
March 9 Oberlin
March 11 Cleveland
March 12 Shaker Heights, OH
March 17 Cambridge
March 19 Grand Rapids

The Lost Music of Canterbury
April 28 Cambridge

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"I feel privileged to be able to revel in such a subtle shaped set of performances... This is the kind of recording that makes you sit up and pay attention.. There is plenty that is memorable here, and always the anticipation of something juicy to relish just around the corner. You can't ask much more than that from a CD."

− Dominy Clements, MusicWeb International

"a revelation - fresh, dynamic and vibrant...urgent and wondrous music-making of the highest order"

− Damian Fowler, Gramophone (UK)

"fine gradations of dynamics; pungent diction; telling contrasts of ethereal and earthly timbres; tempos that are more lusty than languid; a way of propelling a phrase toward a goal. ... The singing is both precise and fluid, immaculate and alive..."

− Alex Ross, The New Yorker

"A listener then would have been lucky to hear these works brought off with such panache. The program is by turns pensive and lively, and the scholarship required to evoke stylistic accuracy is put totally at the service of performance."

− David Allen, The New York Times

"Metcalfe’s small choir, recorded live, allows the music’s sweetness, its modest sense of joy, to speak for itself."

− Richard Fairman, The Financial Times