Category: Residency

Blue Heron in Concert

February 10th, 2014 in Concert, Residency

February 14, 2014

Un petrarchino cantato:
Madrigal Settings of Poetry by Petrarch

Petrarch and LauraBlue Heron will perform 16th-century madrigals setting the poetry of Petrarch, by Arcadelt, Willaert, Rore, Wert, Marenzio & others.

Marsh Chapel
735 Commonwealth Avenue
8 pm

Conductor and Scholar Andrew Parrott in Residence at CEMS

September 20th, 2013 in Concert, Lecture, Mini-Course, Residency

Please see the full schedule.

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.

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Blue Heron Concert and Lecture-Demo October 16

September 20th, 2013 in Concert, Lecture-Demonstration, Residency

Wednesday, October 16

Blue Heron, 2013-2014

Blue Heron

Scott Metcalfe, director

Scott Metcalfe, with Blue Heron
Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, c. 1540: questions of performance practice in early 16th-century English sacred music
Marsh Chapel, 1-2 pm

Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, c. 1540
Robert Jones, Missa Spes nostra
Robert Hunt, Stabat mater
Nicholas Ludford, Ave cujus conceptio
Marsh Chapel, 8 pm