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Boston Choral Ensemble

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Andrew Shenton, Artistic Director

Type
SATB mixed chorus of 36-40 voices

Repertoire
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.

Performances
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.

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

Auditions: Yes

 

Boston Choral Ensemble

April 2019

Masterworks: MacMillan and Allegri

Sun, April 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Boston’s Basilica, 1545 Tremont Street
Boston, MA, 02120
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$20 – $30

Boston Choral Ensemble performs a major work by the contemporary Scottish composer James MacMillan. Composed in 1993, “Seven Last Words from the Cross” for choir and string orchestra was a landmark piece in his career and is now widely performed because of its dynamic and sensitive setting of the Christian text. We are pairing this with the famous setting of Psalm 51 (the Miserere) by Gregorio Allegri. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit www.bostonchoral.org.

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June 2019

Masterworks: Talbot

Sun, June 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Boston’s Basilica, 1545 Tremont Street
Boston, MA, 02120
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$20 – $30

For Boston Choral Ensemble’s final concert of the 2018/19 season, we invite you to join us on a pilgrimage in music as we perform “Path of Miracles” by English composer Joby Talbot. This four-movement work for choir and percussion has become one of the most discussed and enjoyed choral works composed in recent years and was performed in its entirety by BCE in our 2013/14 season. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit www.bostonchoral.org.

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