Past Seasons


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October 16, 2014
Blue Heron (Scott Metcalfe, director)
Music for Canterbury Cathedral, c. 1540
performance practice for early 16C English sacred polyphony: pitch, voice types and numbers, clefs, etc.

October 24, 2014
Guy Fishman
principal cellist, Handel & Haydn Society
Shake It: 500 Years of Vibrato in String Playing

November 14, 2014
Clemens non Papa: a Study Day on His Influence and Reception
Presented by the Alamire Foundation and CEMS

December 6, 2014
“Milton’s Sweet Echo”
Music by Henry Lawes, written for Milton’s Comus (1634). Rob Crowe (male soprano) and Victor Coelho (theorbo).

February 1 – February 7, 2014
Andrew Parrott in Residence
Featuring a service with Marsh Chapel Choir, a seminar on Monteverdi’s Vespers, lectures, and a mini-course on Monteverdi’s Orfeo.

February 5, 2014
Master Class with Emily Van Evera

February 14, 2014
Blue Heron (Scott Metcalfe, director)
Un petrarchino cantato: Madrigal Settings of Poetry by Petrarch

February 16 – February 18, 2014
Scott MetcalfeJason McStootsDennis CostaVictor Coelho
Mini-Course: 16th-Century Italian Madrigals

February 21, 2014
Pedro Memelsdorff (Schola Cantorum Basel)
Ta fin est mon commencement: Composing in Italy in the Late Fourteenth Century

February 28, 2014
Robert Crowe, soprano and Victor Coelho, lute
“Tears and Darkness”: Songs and Solos by John Dowland (1563-1626)

April 3, 2014
Aaron Sheehan
Workshop and Master Class: Songs of Henry Purcell
Presented by the Center for Early Music Studies and the Voice Department, Boston University

April 12 – April 14, 2014
Benjamin Bagby
Mini-Course: 12th-Century Aquitanian Polyphony



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October 9, 2012
Lecture: “Re-Attributing London-Royal College of Music MS1070: New Technologies and Insights”
Basil Considine

October 10, 2012
Lecture-Demonstration: “Music in 16th-Century England: the Peterhouse Partbooks (c.1540)”
Scott Metcalfe and Blue Heron

October 11, 2012
Concert: “Nicholas Ludford: Missa Inclina cor meum and music from the Peterhouse Partbooks (c.1540)”
Blue Heron (Scott Metcalfe, director)

November 6 and 8, 2012
Lecture-Demonstration: “Jouissance vous donneray: French poetry and music (1200-1650)”
Anne Azéma

November 28, 2012
Lecture: “Performing Handel’s Messiah
Martin Pearlman

December 11, 2012
Lecture: “Devilry and Drink: The Virtuoso Thomas Baltzar (1631?-1663)”
Patrick Wood Uribe

January 29, 2013
Lecture: “Counterpoint and Conjecture: Imagining a Lost Motet”
Joshua Rifkin

January 30, 2013
Concert: “Napoleon’s Castrato: A tribute to Girolamo Crescentini”
Robert Crowe, male soprano
with Mary Gerbi, Victor Coelho, Robert Crowe & Peter Sykes

March 1, 2013
Concert: “Divine songs: Connections and exchanges between secular song and music, featuring the music of Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1420-1497)”
Blue Heron (Scott Metcalfe, director)
808 Commonwealth Avenue, 808 Gallery, 8pm
These events are part of the conference “Voice and Voicelessness in Medieval Europe,” directed by Professor Irit Kleiman of the Department of Romance Languages.

March 3-5, 2013
Mini-Course: “Performing 15th-Century Songs From Original Notation
with Scott Metcalfe, Aaron Sheehan, Sean Gallagher, Victor Coelho, Keith Polk & Martin Near

April 9-11, 2013
Residency of Il Furioso (Victor Coelho and David Dolata, directors) with Aldo Abreu

April 9, 2013
Lecture: “Editing the Music of Bellerofonte Castaldi, 1581-1649″
David Dolata & Victor Coelho

April 10, 2013
Lecture: “Historical Temperaments on Fretted Instruments”
David Dolata

April 11, 2013
Concert: Virtuoso Music of 17th-Century Italy
Il Furioso with Aldo Abreu

April 13-15, 2013
Mini-Course: “The Medieval Singer’s Art: An Introduction to Liturgical Chant and Vernacular and Latin Song (9th-13th Centuries)
with Benjamin Bagby and Katarina Livljanić

April 14, 2013
Lecture: “The Silence of Medieval Singers”
Benjamin Bagby and Katarina Livljanić