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Cantata Singers

(617) 868-5885||www.cantatasingers.org

David Hoose, Music Director

Type
44-voice SATB chorus

Repertoire
Cantata Singers was founded in 1964 to prepare and present what was then a long-neglected repertoire—the cantatas of J.S. Bach.  Since that time, led by such distinguished music directors as John Harbison, John Ferris, and David Hoose, the group has expanded its repertoire to include works from the seventeenth century to the present day.  Winner of the 1995 ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, the organization is dedicated to challenging programming, including the commissioning of new works.

Performances
Four main concerts per year are held at various venues in the Boston area. Some of their favorite venues are NEC’s Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall, First Church in Cambridge and Sanders Theater.

Rehearsals
Wednesday evenings in Brookline

Auditions: Yes

Mailing Address: 729, Boyston Street, Suite 405, Boston, MA 02116

Additional Information
Education outreach: An innovative program teaching BPS children to compose and perform their own original cantatas. Main concerts begin with pre-concert lectures. Cantata Singers also programs Chamber concerts, council events and an annual Gift of Music party.

 

Cantata Singers

November 2018

Cantata Singers presents Bach and Harbison

Sat, November 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street
Boston, MA
$25 – $75

Cantata Singers' 55th season opens with music by J.S. Bach and John Harbison. Bach's exquisite Cantata BWV 140—Sleepers, awake—prepares the way for the first complete performance of John Harbison's Sacred Trilogy, which Cantata Singers presents in honor of the composer's 80th birthday. The three cantatas that form his Trilogy—The Flight Into Egypt (1986), But Mary Stood (2006), and The Supper at Emmaus (co-commission with Emmanuel Music, 2014)—are all works commissioned by, and composed for, Cantata Singers, but, until now, they have never been heard together in one concert.…

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December 2018

Cantata Singers presents “A Renaissance Christmas”

Fri, December 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
First Lutheran Church, Boston, 299 Berkeley St
Boston, 02116
$25 – $75

Celebrate the holidays with Cantata Singers! You have two chances to hear this dazzling, gorgeous music of the Renaissance: motets by Heinrich Schütz, Michael Praetorius, Tomás Luis de Victoria, and Orlande de Lassus for eighteen singers and chamber ensemble. Following the performance, all are invited to attend free post-concert receptions. Fri, Dec 7, 2018 / 8pm Sun, Dec 9, 2018 / 3pm First Lutheran Church, Boston 299 Berkeley Street, Boston Single Tickets: $25-$75 Call 617.868.5885 Visit cantatasingers.org GBCC Members get…

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Cantata Singers presents “A Renaissance Christmas”

Sun, December 9 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
First Lutheran Church, Boston, 299 Berkeley St
Boston, 02116
$25 – $75

Celebrate the holidays with Cantata Singers! You have two chances to hear this dazzling, gorgeous music of the Renaissance: motets by Heinrich Schütz, Michael Praetorius, Tomás Luis de Victoria, and Orlande de Lassus for eighteen singers and chamber ensemble. Following the performance, all are invited to attend free post-concert receptions. Fri, Dec 7, 2018 / 8pm Sun, Dec 9, 2018 / 3pm First Lutheran Church, Boston 299 Berkeley Street, Boston Single Tickets: $25-$75 Call 617.868.5885 Visit cantatasingers.org GBCC Members get…

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January 2019

Cantata Singers presents “Primosch, Bartók, and Pärt”

Fri, January 25, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street
Boston, MA
$25 – $75

Join us! Featuring renowned oboist Peggy Pearson, James Primosch’s Matins is a provocative meditation on creation, brokenness, and renewal. A Cantata Singers and Winsor Music joint co-commission from 2003, Matins sets gorgeous poetry by Mary Oliver and Gerard Manley Hopkins for solo oboe, chorus, and string orchestra. Rounding out the program is Bela Bartók’s witty and engaging Divertimento for Strings and Pärt’s transcendent, gripping Te Deum for three choirs, prepared piano, strings, and tape. Composer James Primosch will give the…

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February 2019

Cantata Singers presents “Women Composers of Europe”

Fri, February 8, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 200 Beacon Street
Somerville, 02143
$30

Join us! The Chamber Series begins with music by European women composers, including Fanny Mendelssohn, Francesca Caccini, Pauline Viardot, Dora Pejačević, and Clara Schumann. Elizabeth Seitz, professor of musicology at New England Conservatory, will give a pre-concert talk at 6:30pm, free to all ticketholders. Following the performance, all are invited to attend a post-concert reception. Fri, Feb 8, 2019 / 7:30pm                                       …

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March 2019

Cantata Singers presents Haydn’s “The Creation”

Fri, March 22, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street
Boston, MA
$25 – $75

“I know of no finer Haydn conductor than Cantata Singers director David Hoose.”—music critic Lloyd Schwartz Cantata Singers presents F.J. Haydn's resplendent oratorio, The Creation. Hoose leads soloists, chorus, and orchestra in this exhilarating retelling of the Creation story, featuring inspired and eloquent soloists Amanda Forsythe, soprano, William Hite, tenor, and Mark Andrew Cleveland, bass, imaginative orchestral colors, and some of the most thrilling choral writing ever conceived. Conductor Martin Pearlman will give the pre-concert talk, free to all ticketholders,…

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April 2019

Cantata Singers presents “Women Composers of America”

Fri, April 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 200 Beacon Street
Somerville, 02143
$30

The Chamber Series concludes with music of twentieth- and twentieth-first century American women composers, including Ruth Crawford Seeger, Amy Beach, Missy Mazzoli, Katharine Parker, and Libby Larson. Musicologist Liane Curtis will give a pre-concert talk at 6:30pm, free to all ticketholders. Following the performance, all are invited to attend a post-concert reception. Fri, April 26, 2019 / 7:30pm                                             …

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