Friday and Saturday

From the Eton Choirbook to the Peterhouse Partbooks February 5 in Wellesley and February 6 in Cambridge

The Globe Raves

"A performance of rare grace, serenity and style" -- Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe | Feb. 1, 2016

"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).

"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, Dec. 11, 2015 (Four Stars)

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Weather-Related Cancellations: Concerts presented by Blue Heron will go on regardless of weather, with one exception: if the governor declares a State of Emergency. In the event of cancellation, every attempt will be made to update this space, our Facebook page, and phone voicemail (617-960-7956). If time, technology and electricity permit, an email to ticket holders (through Vendini) and to our full email list will also be sent. A “tweet” might be sent, via our Twitter account, as well.

Concerts

(Click on the date for information/tickets)

Fauré Requiem with A Far Cry
Jan. 29 Boston SOLD OUT
Jan. 30 Burlington, VT SOLD OUT

From the Eton Choirbook to the Peterhouse Partbooks
Feb. 5 Wellesley
Feb. 6 Subscription series concert

Lamentations
March 25 Boston

Cantores y ministriles: Music in Seville in the Golden Age (with Dark Horse Consort)
April 2 Subscription series concert
April 3 New York City

Songs About Hope
April 29 Watertown
April 30 Weston
May 1 Boston

A More Subtle Art: The 14th-century avant-garde
June 12 New London

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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