Blue Heron’s 15th Season (2013-14)
Concerts are on Saturday nights at 8 PM except where indicated otherwise.
New this season: choose your own seats (A and B sections only)!
Music for Canterbury Cathedral
Featuring Robert Jones’s Missa Spes nostra
This program is “just as thrilling as any Hollywood adventure”, according to one Kansas City reviewer. Don’t miss this opening concert! For its annual exploration of music from the Peterhouse partbooks, copied in 1541 for Canterbury Cathedral, Blue Heron returns to one of its favorite masses. Filling out the program are Nicholas Ludford’s Ave cujus conceptio and Robert Hunt’s astonishing Stabat mater, which has not been heard in over 450 years anywhere. All of these works will be recorded subsequently for world premiere release on CD. Buy tickets now!
December 20 & 21
(Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2:30 & 8 PM)
Christmas in Medieval England
A festive program of music for Advent and Christmas from 15th-century England, including motets by Leonel Power and John Dunstaple, English carols, and Sarum plainchant. This year, we have added a Saturday matinee, for a total of three performances. Buy tickets now!
Un petrarchino cantato
A musical valentine: 16th-century madrigals setting the poetry of Petrarch, by Arcadelt, Willaert, Rore, Wert, Marenzio & others. With Joel Colodner, reader. Buy tickets now!
Music of 16th-century Spain, featuring Alonso Lobo’s Missa Simile est regnum caelorum, based on a motet by Francisco Guerrero. Also, a generous garland of gorgeous secular songs, by Guerrero, Vasquez & others, the singers joined by dulcian, vihuela and guitar, played by Marilyn Boenau and Charles Weaver. The pre-concert lecture will be given by Christopher Martin (Boston University). Buy tickets now!
Free pre-concert lectures begin 45 minutes before each concert, and are sponsored in part by The Cambridge Society for Early Music.
Scott Metcalfe, director
Jennifer Ashe, Michael Barrett, Cameron Beauchamp, Pamela Dellal, Jolle Greenleaf, Paul Guttry, Steven Hrycelak, David McFerrin, Owen McIntosh, Jason McStoots, Reginald Mobley, Martin Near, Gerrod Pagenkopf, Aaron Sheehan, Mark Sprinkle, Julia Steinbok, Sonja Tengblad, Sumner Thompson, Paul Max Tipton, Daniela Tošić, Shari Wilson
Concerts on our Home Subscription Series take place at:
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
11 Garden Street
Cambridge MA 02138
Parking: Free parking at University Place Garage (with voucher available at the concert). See details.