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Boston Choral Ensemble


Andrew Shenton, Artistic Director

SATB mixed chorus of 36-40 voices

The theme of our 16th season is Music You Can See. We will perform Jacob Obrecht’s Missa De Sancto Donatiano, live stream our annual holiday concert, premiere a “scratch and sniff” concert entitled Kaleidoscope, and return to the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science where the music of Ēriks Ešenvalds, Randall Stroope, Ola Gjeilo, and others will be brought to life by a series of projections on the planetarium’s dome. The concert will include the world premiere of a new work by Stacy Garrop, winner of our commission competition. We close our season with a reprise our Obrecht concert at the Boston Early Music Festival in June 2017.

In recent years, programs have included musical monuments like Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles, David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion, Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers), Pärt’s seldom-heard Passion, Tallis’s Spem in Alium, as well as 20th century classics like Swayne’s Magnificat and Fine’s The Hour-Glass. We have also performed masterworks of the Renaissance such as Byrd’s Mass for Five Voices and Lassus’s Lagrime di San Pietro, and other works by composers such as Britten, Distler, Howells, Josquin, Miskinis, Poulenc, Schutz, Lauridsen, Whitacre, Francaix, Debussy, Delius, Elgar, and Victoria.

We perform a two-concert program in mid November; a holiday concert program in December; a two-concert program in early March; and a two-concert program in early June.

Tuesday evenings, Old South Church, Boston, 6:30-9:30

Auditions: Yes


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