2012-2013 Concerts

Il Furioso Concert in April

ll Furioso (Victor Coelho & David Dolata, directors), "An early music power trio" and Toccata Classics recording artists, will team up with recorder specialist Aldo Abreu (BU faculty member in Historical Performance), for a concert of virtuoso music of the seventeenth century by Pandolfo Mealli (1630-69) and Bellerofonte Castaldi (1581-1649). Please join us in the BU Concert Hall (855 Commonwealth Avenue) at 8 pm on April 11th.

Blue Heron Concert on March 1

The vocal ensemble Blue Heron will perform "Divine songs," a program of songs and masses based on them, featuring the music of Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1420-1497). Pre-concert talk at 7:15pm. Both events are in conjunction with the interdisciplinary conference Voice and Voicelessness in Medieval Europe and Beyond. Please note the change in venue. The Castle 225 Bay State Road 8pm For more information about the vocal ensemble Blue Heron, please visit their website: www.blueheronchoir.org.

Boston Choral Ensemble Concert

The Boston Choral Ensemble (Andrew Shenton, music director) will present a concert entitled Déplorations on March 8 at St. Paul's Church in Cambridge and March 9 at The Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. Both performances will begin at 8pm. From Professor Shenton: The act of deploration, or lament, especially for the death of a loved one, has inspired composers to write some of the most powerfully moving music. This concert begins with the famous Deploration on the death of Ockegham by Josquin. In the first of two main sections we contrast Tallis’s settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah for men’s... More

Napoleon’s Castrato: Girolamo Crescentini

We are marking the 250th year of the birth of the Chevalier Girolamo Crescentini. In 1806, Napoleon heard him sing in Vienna and brought him back to Paris to become the first court singer (premier chanteur de l'empereur). Crescentini was singing his most famous role, Romeo in Niccola Zingarelli's Giullietta e Romeo in 1809 when he moved the entire court to tears, including the emperor. Napoleon descended to the stage and, unpinning it from his own coat, awarded Crescentini the order of the Iron Cross of Lombardy, elevating him to a knighthood and the nobility. Crescentini was... More