Wednesday, October 16 Blue Heron Scott Metcalfe, director Lecture-demo Scott Metcalfe, with Blue Heron Music from the...
Conductor and Scholar Andrew Parrott in Residence at CEMS
Renowned conductor and scholar Andrew Parrott will be in residence at the Center for Early Music Studies at Boston University for a full week early in the spring semester, February 1-7, 2014. Mr. Parrott boasts a long and distinguished record of publication, performance, and recording and has made many fundamental contributions to our understanding of the performance of early music through applying rigorous scholarship to engaging and stimulating music-making. Best known in recent years for his meticulously documented study of choral forces in the music of J. S. Bach, his contemporaries, and predecessors (The Essential Bach Choir, 2000)—a book that, together with Joshua Rifkin’s pathbreaking work, must forever change the way we think about the nature of vocal ensembles in the 18th century and before—he has also been a leader in advancing our understanding of performance practice in the music of Monteverdi, especially issues of vocal scoring and high-clef notation. His many recordings reach forwards and backwards in time from the “core” Baroque repertoire and include many landmarks, among them a celebrated reconstruction of late 16th-century Florentine intermedii for a Medici wedding.
While at BU, Mr. Parrott will engage with students and faculty in a range of activities, emphasizing the music of Claudio Monteverdi. He will direct the Marsh Chapel Choir for a Sunday service, participate in a roundtable discussion (with BU faculty including Professor of Musicology Joshua Rifkin and CEMS co-director Scott Metcalfe) of performance practice in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, work with master’s and doctoral students in the choral conducting program, give a public talk considering general issues of historical performance, meet with graduate students in musicology for a freewheeling seminar open to any topics which engage questions of performing early music, and finally teach a two-day intensive mini-course (available for 1 or 0 credit; also open to students outside BU) on Monteverdi’s Orfeo.
The seven-day residency will be further enriched by a lecture-demo and master class given by the eminent American soprano Emily van Evera, long resident in the UK and a longtime collaborator in Mr. Parrott’s projects.