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2013-2014 Concerts:

raindrops footsteps

November 17, 2013
Amherst College, Amherst, MA
November 22 & 24, 2013
St. Paul Church, Cambridge & Gordon Chapel, Old South Church, Boston

The opening concerts of BCE’s 2013-14 season celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten with his famous Hymn to St. Cecilia, one of the greatest choral works of the twentieth century. We celebrate the extraordinary choral music of Arvo Pärt with a number of works, including his popular Magnificat and we are honored to be giving the US premieres of two works he composed in 2012. Our program includes the world premiere of raindrops footsteps by Rita Ueda, winner of our 2013 competition for a new work.


A Choral Holiday 2013
December 14, 2013
Old South Church, Boston

For the fourth annual Choral Holiday, BCE updates the traditional Lessons and Carols service with repertoire both old and new, including Paul Ayre’s reimagining of Handel’s “For unto us a child is born,” several works by Benjamin Britten to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth (including the ever-popular “Ceremony of Carols”), carols by Poston, Rutter, Tavener and others, and carols for congregation accompanied on the church’s world-famous organ. Selected seasonal readings complement the holiday program.


Path of Miracles
March 28 & 30, 2014
St. Paul Church, Cambridge & Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston

BCE’s spring concert is dedicated to the New England premiere of English composer Joby Talbot’s masterpiece “Path of Miracles,” a four-movement work that describes the pilgrimage route to Santiago di Compostela in Spain. This remarkable work is a choral tour de force that is designed to wow all of your senses.


Cosmic Journey
May 30 & June 1, 2014

Our May concerts, entitled Seven Stars, will include seven different pieces dedicated to the stars, including works by Jonathan Dove, Ēriks Ešenvalds, & Arvo Pärt.


2012-2013 CONCERTS:

Chansons Profanes
November 9 & 11, 2012
The Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall at the Longy School of Music

Celebrating anniversaries of Claude Debussy (1862-1918) and Jean Françaix (1912-97), this concert featured some little-known secular French works from the twentieth century that combined humor and virtuosity.

Click here to see a full list of events throughout the U.S. in honor of of the centennial of Jean Françaix.


A Choral Holiday
December 15, 2012
Old South Church, Copley Square, Boston

For the third annual Choral Holiday, BCE sang repertoire both old and new, including Thompson’s Stopping by woods on a snowy evening, Judith Weir’s My Guardian Angel, and Jan Sandström’s creative re-imagining of Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming. Audiences also enjoyed carols for congregation accompanied by the church’s world-famous organ and selected readings that complemented the program’s theme of snow and roses.


March 8 & 9, 2013
St. Paul’s Church, Cambridge & Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston

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 began with the famous Deploration on the death of Ockeghem by Josquin. In the first of two main sections we contrasted Tallis’s settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah for men’s voices with Tartini’s setting of the Stabat Mater dolorosa for women’s voices. In the second main section, we highlighted different approaches to text interpretation with settings of When David heard, from the renaissance and from the twentieth century. The concert concluded with the monumental 40-part motet Spem in alium by Tallis (1505-85).


Rose Songs
May 17 at 8:00 PM & May 19 at 3:00PM, 2013
Gordon Chapel, Old South Church, Copley Square

A spring bouquet, featuring Britten’s Five Flower Songs, and songs about roses by Lauridsen and others.