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This page contains an archive of press releases, announcements, and media coverage. 

 


 

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BCE Welcomes New Assistant Conductor

BCE is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Watland as our new assistant conductor. We are excited to welcome Sean and to work with him as we begin preparations for our 16th season.

Sean J. Watland is Assistant Conductor for Boston Choral Ensemble. He is pursuing a Masters in Music with an emphasis in Choral Conducting from Boston University. Alongside Boston Choral Ensemble and his coursework, Sean serves as the Conducting Fellow with Music at Marsh Chapel. He will graduate from Boston University in the spring of 2017.

Born in Chicagoland, Sean attended Valparaiso University where he received his Bachelors in Music Education with honors. At Valpo, Sean served as student conductor for two choral ensembles under the guidance of Dr. Christopher Cock and Dr. Lorraine Brugh. Following his graduation, he accepted a teaching position at St. James Lutheran School in Chicago, where he taught general music, directed two instrumental ensembles, four curricular choral ensembles, and an adult men’s chorus.

In the summer of 2015, Sean accepted an invitation to travel to Leipzig for a masterclass with Valparaiso University and the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra. As a participant of the masterclass, he directed the University Chorale and Leipzig Baroque in two services at J.S. Bach’s final church, the Thomaskirche.

 


Boston Choral Ensemble’s “Serenade to Music” Concert Pays Tribute to the Works of William Shakespeare

BOSTON – April 22, 2016 – Boston Choral Ensemble (BCE) presents their final concert this season on Friday, May 13th celebrating the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) with a program of works based on texts from his plays. The excerpts include speeches from The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the famous "Serenade to Music" (from The Merchant of Venice) set to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Members of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project join BCE to set the scene for each piece. This concert of dramatic and thematic Shakespearean material will include works by Jaakko Mäntyjävri and Frank Martin, as well as the world premiere of Neither rhyme nor reason by Greg Brown (BCE Commission Competition winner, 2015).

BCE is proud to be performing their final concert at First Church in Cambridge. This one-night performance will be followed by a reception to mark the end of BCE’s 15th season.

Serenade to Music: Setting of Shakespeare

Boston Choral Ensemble

Andrew Shenton, artistic director

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 8:00 PM First Church, 11 Garden St, Cambridge, MA

Tickets

$25 General Admission, $15 Students/Seniors; Save $5 per ticket when ordered in advance.

For tickets, more information and program notes, please visit:

https://www.bostonchoral.org/concerts/2015-2016-season/serenade-to-music/

About Boston Choral Ensemble

Boston Choral Ensemble is a chamber choir that seeks to enrich the choral art through innovative programming, artistic excellence, and creative collaboration. BCE is dedicated to performing a wide range of repertoire with stylistic integrity, promoting new music, and educating its audience and singers. For more information, visit www.BostonChoral.org.

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Boston Choral Ensemble Declares Stacy Garrop Winner of 9th Annual Commission Competition

BOSTON – March 25, 2016 – Boston Choral Ensemble (BCE) is proud to present the winner of their 9th Annual Commission Competition, Stacy Garrop, and Honorable Mentions, Dominic DiOrio and Dana Kaufman.

Started in 2007, this annual competition aims to identify a talented composer and support them in the performance of a new work for chamber choir to be premiered by Boston Choral Ensemble.  The Commission Competition challenges composers with a rigorous application process which includes the submission of proposals for a not-yet written, unaccompanied choral work.   A prize of US $1,500 is awarded to the winner.

This year, BCE received an impressive number of submissions from around the world.   The selection jury reviewed around 60 applications, which included work samples from each individual composer. A handful of finalists emerged from the pool of candidates, leading to a winner and honorable mentions being selected. This year’s Commission Competition helped to strengthen Boston Choral Ensemble’s unwavering commitment to the creation of new music.

Competition wStacy Garrop headshotinner Stacy Garrop’s music is centered on direct and dramatic narrative.  Stacy feels that, “The sharing of stories is a defining element of our humanity; we strive to share with others the experiences and concepts that we find compelling.” In her works, this manifests programmatically in pieces without text and more directly in pieces that draw upon poets and writers for source material. She has won numerous awards including a Fromm Music Foundation Grant, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize, and two Barlow Endowment commissions, among others.  She has been commissioned by a variety of ensembles and organizations, and is an accomplished recording artist. Stacy earned degrees in music composition at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (B.M.), University of Chicago (M.A.), and Indiana University-Bloomington (D.M.). She teaches at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and is on the composition faculty of the annual Fresh Inc Festival, sponsored by Fifth House Ensemble. For more information, visit her website at www.garrop.com or her blog at www.composerinklings.com.

Stacy Garrop’s new work will be premiered in BCE’s 2016/2017 season. Details of the composition and the concert dates will be announced when BCE announces its full 2016/17 season at the end of June. For more information about Stacy Garrop and BCE’s Honorable Mentions Dominic DiOrio and Dana Kaufman, please visit www.bostonchoral.org/commission-competition.

 


BU Today - Close Up - A Voice From Heaven - February 18th, 2016

The Boston Choral Ensemble sings Herbert Howells, "Requiem" during, "A Voice From Heaven" concert on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. The conert was part of the annual conference of the Society for Christian Scholarshiip in Music and includes two of the best choral works composed in the last one hundred years. The concert ended with a round table discussion by a distinguished group of scholars and performers. Photo By Jake Belcher

A Voice from Heaven, a concert by Boston Choral Ensemble, was held at Marsh Chapel February 12, part of the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music annual conference. The group sang Herbert Howells’ Requiem and David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion. Photo By Jake Belcher

Here is a link to the publication: http://www.bu.edu/today/closeup/a-voice-from-heaven/


Sing in the Holidays with BCE

Boston Choral Ensemble invites you to celebrate the season at our annual holiday concert, Sing Nowell!on Saturday, December 19th. Join us at the historic Old South Church in Copley Square, Boston for an afternoon of music and cheer starting at 3pm. There will be one show only, so make sure you don't miss out!

Sing Nowell! is loosely based on the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols, including songs for choir and congregation using the fine organ in Old South Church as well as many new arrangements of popular carols to get you into the holiday spirit.

A portion of the concert will be lit only by candlelight, capturing the serenity and beauty of the season. BCE's artistic director, Andrew Shenton, will also perform an organ prelude starting 30 minutes before the show. Add to that some festive holiday readings and a few fun surprises, and you're in for quite an event!

Purchase your tickets today and save $5 off the cover price. While in our virtual store, be sure to check out our Christmas CD: Still, Still Night. Please arrive early to avoid the rush at the door, get the best seats, and enjoy the organ prelude. See you at the concert!


BCE Kicks Off 15th Anniversary Season

Boston Choral Ensemble is excited to announce our fifteenth anniversary season! This year will be one of celebrations, special events, and unique new ways of engaging our audiences with great choral music.

Our first concert of the year will be a gala event to celebrate fifteen years of bringing high-quality musical programming to Boston audiences. We will perform audience and ensemble favorites from past seasons prior to a grand reception at First Church in Cambridge. We will also be joined by two special guests, BCE founder Thomas Cunningham and prior director Miguel Felipe. Alumni are invited to attend and even to take part in this historic evening.

Our season continues with many exciting performances:

  • Boston's Third Annual Byzantine Music Festival
  • Our annual Holiday Concert at Old South Church
  • Lang's Little Match Girl Passion as part of Boston's First Night Celebrations
  • Pärt’s Passio as part of Boston University's annual conference of the Society for Christian Scholarship and Music
  • Shakespeare Concert commemorating the 400th anniversary of The Bard's death, including the world premiere of a new work by Gregory Brown, winner of our 2015 Commission Competition

Please click here for more detailed information about our upcoming anniversary season. All tickets will be available on our website soon. We hope you will celebrate with us!


BCE's "Long, Long Night" lauded as "transcendent...satisfying...wistful"

Boston Choral Ensemble's final concert cycle of their 2014-2015 season was met by appreciative audiences and high marks from the critics. On Sunday, June 7th, award-winning music critic Zoë Madonna represented the Boston Music Intellegencer when she attended the concert at Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston's South End. She compared the juxtaposition of Taverner and Tavener to "teleporting from Art of Europe at the MFA to the fifth floor of the ICA", endorsing BCE's Boston Early Music Festival Fringe encore performance by saying, "There probably won’t be any better opportunities to make sure you’ll never mix up Tavener and Taverner again." With descriptions of the concert ranging from "instinctive" and "wistful" to "transcendent" and "satisfying", Ms. Madonna thoughtfully described and praised her experience throughout the show.

The entire review can be read on the Boston Music Intellegencer's website: http://www.classical-scene.com/2015/06/09/tavener-taverner-bce/


Boston Choral Ensemble Declares Dr. Gregory W. Brown Winner of 8th Annual Commission Competition

BOSTON – April 3, 2015 – Boston Choral Ensemble (BCE) is proud to present the winner of their 8th Annual Commission Competition, Dr. Gregory W. Brown, and Honorable Mentions, Saunder Choi and Melissa Dunphy.

Started in 2007, this competition aims to identify a talented composer and support her or him in thGreg Brown 2015e performance of a new work for chamber choir to be premiered by Boston Choral Ensemble. The Commission Competition challenges composers with a rigorous application process which includes the submission of proposals for a not-yet written, unaccompanied choral work. A prize of US $1,500 is awarded to the winner. Through the competition, BCE strengthens its unwavering commitment to the creation of new music.

This year, BCE received an impressive number of submissions from around the world. The selection jury reviewed over 70 applications, which included work samples from each individual composer. A handful of finalists emerged from the pool of candidates, leading to a winner and honorable mentions being selected. Candidates ran the full spectrum from amateurs to established, seasoned composers. Prestigious educational institutions such as The Julliard School, Yale University, Berkelee College of Music, and Boston University, among many others, were represented. The jury stated that “it was a fascinating experience to see the wide range of styles and ideas from this year's applicant pool. There were a number of excellent works submitted which made the judging very difficult.”

Competition winner Dr. Gregory W. Brown lives and works in Western Massachusetts. He holds degrees from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music (University of Georgia), Westminster Choir College, and Amherst College, where he studied with the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lewis Spratlan. His recent commissions for vocal ensemble New York Polyphony have been heard on American Public Media’s Performance Today, BBC Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, Kansas Public Radio, and Danish National Radio. His Missa Charles Darwinreceived its European debut in March 2013 at the Dinosaur Hall of Berlin’s Museum für Naturkunde. The jury remarked that “Greg's music has a beautiful sense of polyphony and counterpoint. It is sophisticated but accessible and seems to grow directly from the renaissance tradition, while still maintaining a distinctive contemporary flavor.”

Honorable Mention Saunder Choi is a Los Angeles-based Filipino composer whose works have been performed at the Merkin Hall (Lincoln Center) in New York, UNESCO headquarters in Paris, Teatro Colon opera house in Buenos Aires, 2011 World Choral Symposium, and the 2013 Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium. Select works have also been performed, recorded, and read by the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, the Peninsula Women’s Chorus, the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, and the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium Chorus. The jury mentioned that “Saunder seemed on the verge of opening up new musical horizons for himself. [We were] impressed with his sense of texture and the playful inventiveness with which he treated the choir.”

Honorable Mention Melissa Dunphy specializes in composing theatrical and political vocal music. Recent successes include theGonzales Cantata (featured on The Rachel Maddow Show), and song cycle Tesla’s Pigeon, which has won awards from the Tesla Science Foundation, NATS, the American Prize, Chicago Ensemble, Boston Metro Opera, and the Secret Opera. Her compositions have been performed by Chanticleer, Volti, Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, St. Louis Chamber Chorus, the American Opera Theater, Anti-Social Music, Network for New Music, and at various electro-acoustic festivals. Dunphy has also received awards from ASCAP and the Lotte Lehmann Foundation. On Dunphy, the jury remarked, “Melissa has a beautiful, clear and direct language. Without being trite or overly sentimental, her music speaks to the heart through gorgeous harmony and lucid text setting.”

Dr. Gregory W. Brown’s new work will be premiered during BCE’s 2015/2016 season. Details of the composition and the concert dates will be announced at the end of June. For more information about this year’s winner and honorable mentions, please visit http://www.bostonchoral.org/commission-competition/winners/.


World and Regional Premieres Headline Boston Choral Ensemble’s “Cold, cold night” Concert at OBERON

BOSTON – March 4, 2015 – Boston Choral Ensemble (BCE) has curated an evening of new and dramatic masterworks to be premiered at OBERON on March 20th and 27th in a concert titled “Cold, cold night”. This program is the third in a season dedicated to four nights in which music plays an important part in remembrance, healing, and reconciliation. These performances celebrate the contemporary human condition with music that runs the gamut of emotions, and invites you to reconsider death, birth, and poverty, along with music that transcends the mundane.

The concert’s title is derived from the regional premiere of David Lang’s 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion for choir and percussion instruments, which has received extraordinary popular and critical acclaim. This setting of Hans Christian Anderson's story “The Little Match Girl” is a modern passion opus that describes the cold, cold night in which a poor girl freezes to death. Using only the most minimal musical material, Lang has created a piece that is not only contemporary and relevant, but also profound. Along with this regional premiere, “Cold, cold night” also features the world premiere of the short opera Riding on a Train at Rush Hour by Samuel Beebe, winner of our 2014 competition for a new work. This piece is the first in a series of 10-minute operas for choir that BCE is commissioning in the coming years.

The concert is rounded out with three more pieces, following the theme of masterworks: Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine, a setting of Cole Porter’s Romantic Medley, and John Tavener’s Funeral Ikos.

BCE is proud to be performing “Cold, cold night” at OBERON. The unique and intimate performance setting at OBERON is a perfect match for the dramatic choral masterworks in this one-of –a-kind musical experience.

 “Cold, cold night”

Boston Choral Ensemble

Andrew Shenton, artistic director

Kira Winter, assistant conductor

Cold, cold night 

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM                                         OBERON, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8:00 PM                                         OBERON, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge

Tickets

$20 General Admission

Cash Bar available throughout performance

Order your tickets today at:

http://americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/cold-cold-night-evening-choral-music​

For more information and program notes, please visit:

http://www.bostonchoral.org/concerts/season-14-15/cold-cold-night/


Tickets Still Available for Boston Choral Ensemble’s “Still, still night” Candlelight Holiday Concert and CD Release

BOSTON – December 8, 2014 – Boston Choral Ensemble (BCE) invites audience members to their annual holiday concert "Still, still night". On December 20th at 4pm, take some time away from all the holiday hub-bub and enjoy the sounds of the season as BCE presents carols old and new for the entire family. Their candlelight concert follows the Christian story, which they develop to a more inclusive celebration of birth and motherhood. The concert features works for choir by John Rutter, Judith Weir, and Elizabeth Poston, as well as carols for choir and congregation and arrangements of secular favorites to get you into the holiday spirit.

BCE’s annual holiday concert also celebrates the release of their new CD of Christmas music, entitled Still, still night. This CD represents the first recording by the group in 10 years, featuring 19 carols and holiday favorites, both sacred and secular.

There is only one performance of this concert, so don't miss your chance to see BCE’s most popular show of the year in a beautiful venue. Order your tickets today, and save even more when you pre-order a CD with your ticket.

 

 “Still, still night”

Boston Choral Ensemble

Andrew Shenton, artistic director

Still, still night  

Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 4:00 PM - Old South Church, Boston

 

“Still, still night” Ticket Options

Type of Ticket                               Day-of-show                      Advance               Savings

General Admission                         $25                                         $20                         $5   (20%)

Student/Senior                               $15                                         $10                         $5   (33%)

General Admission

Ticket and CD bundle                     $40                                         $30                         $10 (25%)

Student/Senior

Ticket and CD bundle                     $30                                         $20                         $10 (33%)

 

Order your tickets today at:

http://www.bostonchoral.org/concerts/season-14-15/still-still-night/


BCE's "Dark, dark night" praised as "stunning", "impressive"

Boston - November 4, 2014 - Boston Choral Ensemble opened their 2014/2015 season to rave reviews of "Dark, dark night". Reviewer Sudeep Agarwala of the Boston Music Intelligencer attended the Saturday evening performance at Marsh Chapel, which he called "a thoughtful exposition on the incorporation of chant in choral music...vivid and well-shaped." Agarwala specifically praised BCE's performance of Durufle's Requiem, saying, "The dramatic Offertorium or Libera Me are perennial favorites, and Saturday’s performance did not disappoint. Much more impressively, however, I was struck by how delicate both chorus and organ sounded in the subdued movements, particularly the Pie Jesu, requiring unflagging attention to detail and crisp intonation. A well-trained sound from the higher sections here, devoid of excessive vibrato or bravura, was stunningly placid. Likewise sections of Domine Jesu Christe, which incorporates extended chantlike sections for both upper and lower voices, were impressive in their fluent and natural shaping."

The entire review can be read on the Boston Musical Intelligencer's website: http://www.classical-scene.com/2014/11/04/bse-chant/


Kira Winter named BCE’s new Assistant Conductor

Kira WinterBOSTON - September 30, 2014 - Boston Choral Ensemble is proud to announce the selection and acceptance of Kira Winter as our new Assistant Conductor. After an extensive summer-long search, BCE narrowed the wide pool of eligible candidates down to four exceptional individuals. Each was given the opportunity to warm up the ensemble and work through some tricky sections of music for our upcoming concert. The choir weighed in, voted, and brought back two of the candidates for a final audition. Again, time was given to each of the two prospective to focus on warm-ups, vocal technique, and crunching through difficult bits of music. In the end, BCE voted in favor of Kira Winter, as members felt that she was best able pinpoint our areas of weakness and help us strengthen them. We look forward to all that Kira brings to the position, and are truly thankful to all the candidates who applied. The process reminds us again how lucky we are to be in a city with such a diverse and deep talent pool. To learn more about Kira Winter, please visit her bio at http://www.bostonchoral.org/about/kira-winter.


Boston Choral Ensemble’s 2014-2015 Season Announced

BOSTON – August 22, 2014 – Boston Choral Ensemble (BCE) has just announced the repertoire for its 14th season. The 2014-2015 season is dedicated to night. In particular, to four nights in which music plays an important part in remembrance, healing, and reconciliation. These four nights celebrate the contemporary human condition with music that runs the gamut of emotions, and invites you to reconsider death, birth, and poverty, along with music that transcends the mundane. Further details of the repertoire and themes of BCE’s four concert cycles can be found at www.bostonchoral.org/concerts/season-14-15/.

For a limited time only, BCE will be offering a special discounted rate on season tickets. A season ticket with BCE allows for admittance to any or all of their shows, premiere seating, and insider information regarding special events. Until November 1st, general admission season tickets are $70 with students and seniors receiving a further discounted price of $40. After November 1st, tickets will only be available for single concerts or as a Flex3 concert pack. Further details about tickets and pricing can be found at www.bostonchoral.org/tickets/.

Boston Choral Ensemble has a few vacancies in each voice part for the 2014-2015 season and will be hosting open rehearsals and holding auditions the first and second weeks of September. Further details about auditions and BCE’s member acceptance process can be found at www.bostonchoral.org/audition/.

Boston Choral Ensemble 2014-2015 Season Concert Listings:

Boston Choral Ensemble
Andrew Shenton, artistic director

Dark, dark night
Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM Marsh Chapel at Boston University, Boston
Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM Holy Cross Cathedral, Boston

Still, still night
Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 4:00 PM Old South Church, Boston

Cold, cold night
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8:00 PM First Church, Cambridge
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 4:00 PM Gordon Chapel at Old South Church, Boston

Long, long night
Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 8:00 PM First Church, Cambridge
Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 4:00 PM Holy Cross Cathedral, Boston

For tickets and more detailed information, please visit www.bostonchoral.org/concerts/season-14-15/.


Sincere Thanks and 14-15 Sneak Peak from BCE

Boston Choral Ensemble would like to express sincere thanks and gratitude to our loyal friends, family, followers, and fans for our most successful and exciting season ever! Our 2013-2014 season included several world premieres, an Amherst College road trip, multiple smashing reviews, new and exciting venues, and culminated with three consecutive sold out shows at the Boston Museum of Science’s Hayden Planetarium. We were named one of Boston’s Best choirs by CBS Boston, but more importantly, we shared our music and programming with a larger audience than ever before.

With all the success and excitement of the past year, how can we possibly top that in our 2014- 2015 season? Well hold on to your hats, because this coming season will blow you away! Along with the world premiere of our 7th annual Commission Competition winner Sam Beebe’s new work, next season’s repertoire will include the moving Little Match Girl Passion by David Lang, Duruflé’s gorgeous Requiem, and the long awaited release of BCE’s new recordings during the holiday season. A complete list of concerts and repertoire will be available later in the summer. Please visit and sign up at http://www.bostonchoral.org/contact to be kept abreast of all the latest happenings, full upcoming season repertoire, and to be the first to reserve your tickets to upcoming shows. We look forward to seeing you during our 2014-2015 season!


Encore Performance of “Cosmic Journey” at Boston Museum of Science by Boston Choral Ensemble

BOSTON – June 10, 2014 – Boston Choral Ensemble (BCE) is pleased to announce an encore performance of “Cosmic Journey” at the Hayden Planetarium at the Boston Museum of Science. The Boston Musical Intelligencer describes the first run of sold out performances as a “stunning success” in a “particularly compelling” venue. This “marriage… of well-crafted sound and thoughtful programming” is a combination of live choral singing with a visual tour of the stars and planets.

This final concert in BCE's 2013/14 season, entitled "Cosmic Journey", comprises a number of pieces related to the heavens and celestial bodies ranging from Zvonimir Nagy's evocative Eternal peace, to Arvo Pärt’s Morning Star.  It will also feature the extraordinary Lux Aeterna by György Ligeti (popularized by the movie 2001: A space odyssey) and Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Stars for double choir and tuned water glasses.

Tickets for this event are only available through BCE’s website. Please note that the space is limited and the first two performances sold out quickly, so be sure to order tickets soon.

Cosmic Journey

Boston Choral Ensemble

Andrew Shenton, artistic director | Katya Anoshkin, assistant conductor

Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Admission to Thursday’s concert is $15 for students and seniors, $20 general admission.
Thursday’s performance will take place at the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, Boston.

For tickets and more information, please visit www.bostonchoral.org/concerts/cosmic-journey


Boston Musical Intellegencer gives BCE's "Cosmic Journey" Sky-high Marks

On June 2nd, The Boston Musical Intelligencer (BMInt) reviewed the Friday evening performance of BCE's "Cosmic Journey" . They described the first run of sold out performances as a “stunning success” in a “particularly compelling” venue. BMInt Reviewer Sudeep Agarwala went on to call parts of the concert   "deeply meditative work that revels in deeply satisfying harmonies", saying that "vocal lines were well-articulated and sensitively shaped". You can read the full BMInt review here.

There will be one more encore performance of "Cosmic Journey" on Thursday, June 26th at 7 pm in the Hayden Planetarium at the Boston Museum of Science. Tickets are only available at BCE's website, so order yours before they are gone!


Boston Choral Ensemble and Boston Museum of Science Unite for Spectacular “Cosmic Journey”

BOSTON – May 9, 2014 – Boston Choral Ensemble (BCE) has teamed up with the Hayden Planetarium at the Boston Museum of Science to offer a unique and awe-inspiring combination of live choral singing with a visual tour of the stars and planets.

The final concert in BCE's 2013/14 season, entitled "Cosmic Journey", comprises a number of pieces related to the heavens and celestial bodies ranging from Zvonimir Nagy's evocative Eternal peace, to Arvo Pärt’s Morning Star.  It will also feature the extraordinary Lux Aeterna by György Ligeti (popularized by the movie 2001: A space odyssey) and Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Stars for double choir and tuned water glasses.

Tickets for this event are only available through BCE’s website. Please note that space is limited and selling out quickly, so be sure to order tickets early.

Cosmic Journey

Boston Choral Ensemble

Andrew Shenton, artistic director | Katya Anoshkin, assistant conductor

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Admission to Friday’s concert is $15-$20.
Friday’s performance will take place at the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, Boston.

Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Admission to Sunday’s concert is $15-$20.

Sunday’s performance will take place at the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, Boston.

For tickets and more information, please visit www.bostonchoral.org/concerts/cosmic-journey.


BCE Seeks Choral Administrator

BCE is hiring a Choral Administrator to help with the general work of the choir.  This position offers the unique opportunity to work with all aspects of a non-profit performing arts organization.  The administrator will work closely with the Board of Directors on operations, marketing, and development projects.  For more information, including a description of responsibilities, time committements, and instructions on how to apply, visit www.bostonchoral.org/search/.  Applications are due May 1, 2014.


Boston Choral Ensemble Declares Samuel Beebe Winner of 2014 Commission Competition

BOSTON – April 11, 2014 – Boston Choral Ensemble (BCE) proudly presents the 2014 Commission Competition Winner, Samuel Beebe and Honorable Mention, Dr. Gregory W. Brown.

Started in 2007, this annual competition aims to identify a talented composer and support her or him in the performance of a new work for chamber choir to be premiered by Boston Choral Ensemble.  The Commission Competition challenges composers with a  rigorous application process which includes the submission of proposals for a not-yet written, unaccompanied choral work.   A prize of US $1,500 is awarded to the winner.

This year, BCE received an unprecedented number of submissions from around the world.   The selection jury reviewed 83 applications, which included work samples from each individual composer. A handful of finalists emerged from the pool of candidates and then a winner and honorable mention selected.  Candidates ran the full spectrum from ingenues to established, seasoned composers.  Prestigious educational institutions such as The Julliard School, Yale University, Berkelee College of Music, Boston University, among many others, were represented. Our judging panel was extremely impressed by the caliber of music submitted -- the range of talent in our musical community is both staggering and humbling.  This year’s Commission Competition strengthened Boston Choral Ensemble’s unwavering commitment to the creation of new music.

Our Honorable Mention, Dr. Gregory W. Brown is a composer, conductor, scholar, and experimental musician living and working in Western Massachusetts, where he serves as founding artistic director for the Smith College Festival of Sound & Space.

Samuel Beebe's new work will be premiered in March / April 2015. Details of the composition and the concert dates will be announced when BCE announces its full 2014/15 season at the end of May.


Boston Choral Ensemble delivers "A Moving Pilgrimage at St. Paul's"

There was high praise for BCE in the wake of the recent Path of Miracles concerts. "Such an undertaking is not for the faint of heart, and BCE is to be commended for approaching Path of Miracles with such an unflagging energy, thorough preparation, and intense commitment," wrote Boston Music Intelligencer (BMInt) contributor Sudeep Agarwala after Friday's area premiere.  In the review, Mr. Agarwala went on to note that "...the ensemble is to be commended on their full commitment to the treacherous rhythmic sections," referring to the tricky simultanious competing rhythms in the second movement of the piece.  On diction and sound balance, he wrote that "BCE showed a remarkable discipline ... producing a well-balanced sound in the extended homophonic sections, and clearly delineating each line of text in the more convoluted sections."  The concert was further described by Agarwala as "...well-controlled, yet still dramatic," noting that  "...the intent of the music was vividly illustrated."  He concluded by stating that "...the emotional impact of the pilgrimage was deep. At the conclusion a long moment of silence only slowly gave way to an enthusiastic standing ovation."  That ovation was mirrored by Sunday's audience as well, capping off a successful New England premiere of this choral masterwork by Joby Talbot.  Read the entire article at http://www.classical-scene.com/2014/03/30/talbot-miracles-choral/.


Boston Choral Ensemble to perform New England Premiere of Joby Talbot’s 'Path of Miracles'

BOSTON – March 14, 2014 – Boston Choral Ensemble proudly presents the New England Premiere of Joby Talbot's choral masterwork Path of Miracles, a four movement opus that chronicles the El Camino de Santiago or "St. James Way" pilgrimage to Santiago, Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of Apostle St. James the Great are buried.

Path of Miracles

Boston Choral Ensemble
Andrew Shenton, artistic director | Katya Anoshkin, assistant conductor

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Admission to Friday’s concert is $9-$18 in advance and $10-$20 on the day of the performance.
Friday’s performance will take place at St. Paul Parish in Harvard Square, Cambridge.

Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Admission to Sunday’s concert is pay-as-you-can (suggested donation: $15).
Sunday’s performance will take place at Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.

For tickets and more information, please visit www.BostonChoral.org/tickets.


BCE named one of "Boston's Best Choirs" by CBS Boston

Boston Choral Ensemble was recently honored with the distinction of being one of Boston's best choirs by CBS Boston.  Also named with BCE were the Boston Children's Chorus, Boston's Gay Men's Chorus, Cantilena: A Women's Chorale, and Back Back Chorale.  CBS writer Shelly Barclay said the following of the choruses listed: "Among all of Boston’s theater performances and large orchestral performances, there are many choirs. Some of these choirs are well known to Boston and others hide away in small venues. No matter how popular or long-lived, the best choirs in Boston have great voices making up their numbers and are well worth the time to see. The blend of voices coming together to sing in Boston is great entertainment any time of year."  She went on to note that, despite being a relatively new group, Boston Choral Ensemble "already has a name for itself and performs as well as much older institutions."  See the article at http://boston.cbslocal.com/top-lists/bostons-best-choirs/


Join BCE for our Annual Choral Holiday Concert 'Ceremony of Carols'

BCE's annual Choral Holiday lessons and carols service is back this year on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Old South Church, Boston! Join us for an afternoon of repertoire both old and new, including Paul Ayre's re-imagining 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"), and carols by Poston, Rutter, Tavener and others. Rounding out the holiday program will be carols for congregation accompanied on the church’s world-famous organ and selected seasonal readings.  We hope to see you there!

December 14th – 3pm – Old South Church, Copley Square, Boston, MA
Tickets from $9-$20 – Order now at bostonchoral.org/tickets


Boston Choral Ensemble Announces Seventh Annual Commission Competition

BOSTON – October 30, 2013 – Boston Choral Ensemble is excited to announce the launch of its seventh annual Commission Competition. This competition aims to identify a talented composer and support her or him in the performance of a new work for chamber choir to be premiered by the Ensemble. The winning work will be rehearsed, prepared, and integrated into the Ensemble’s program during the 2014/15 concert season.

Boston Choral Ensemble is a highly-skilled, auditioned choir. Applicants are encouraged to consult the Ensemble’s website (www.bostonchoral.org), past programs and audio samples to learn more about what might be appropriate for the ensemble.

The Ensemble is soliciting manuscripts for unaccompanied choral works under 10 minutes in length. The texts may be sacred or secular and in any language. The winner will receive a prize of $1,500.

The deadline for submission is March 1, 2014 and details of the competition may be found at www.bostonchoral.org/commission-competition/. Applicants with further questions are encouraged to contact the competition coordinator at competition@bostonchoral.org.


Boston Choral Ensemble premieres several new works in 'raindrops footsteps'

BOSTON – October 26, 2013 – The opening concerts of  Boston Choral Ensemble’s 2013-14 season commemorate 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.   The ensemble celebrates the extraordinary choral music of Arvo Pärt with a number of works, including his popular Magnificat, and is honored to be giving the US premieres of two works that Pärt composed in 2012.  BCE also includes in their program a movement from Joby Talbot's magnificent Path of Miracles.  This movement serves as a preview of BCE’s upcoming area premiere of Talbot’s entire Miracles in their March concerts.  The concert is rounded out with its namesake, the world premiere of raindrops footsteps by Rita Ueda, winner of BCE’s 2013 competition for a new work.

raindrops footsteps

Boston Choral Ensemble

Andrew Shenton, artistic director | Katya Anoshkin, assistant conductor

Friday, November 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Admission to Friday’s concert is $9-$18 in advance and $10-$20 on the day of the performance.
Friday’s performance will take place at St. Paul Parish in Harvard Square, Cambridge.

Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Admission to Sunday’s concert is pay-as-you-can (suggested donation: $15).

Sunday’s performance will take place at Gordon Chapel in Old South Church in Copley Square, Boston.

 

For tickets and more information, please visit www.bostonchoral.org/tickets.


Boston Choral Ensemble previews its 2013-2014 season

BOSTON – July 18, 2013 – Boston Choral Ensemble’s 13th season will begin with a concert at Amherst College on November 17 that will be dedicated to the music of Arvo Pärt, and will include his Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, and his choral cantata Dopo la Vittoria. BCE will be repeating the Pärt pieces at their concerts on November 22 and 24, along with Britten’s Hymn to Cecilia (in honor of the centenary of his birth), and the winning piece from their recent competition for a new work, Rita Ueda’s raindrops footsteps. Their annual holiday concert in Old South Church on December 14 will include Britten’s Ceremony of Carols for women’s choir and harp, along with music and carols for choir and audience. BCE’s spring concerts will be dedicated to the New England premiere of English composer Joby Talbot’s masterpiecePath 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. BCE’s May concert, entitledSeven Stars, will include seven different pieces dedicated to the stars, including works by Jonathan Dove, Ēriks Ešenvalds, & Arvo Pärt.  To close the season they will be repeating Talbot’s Path of Miracles in concerts in New York City in June, and again that same month in Boston as part of the Fringe Festival for the Biennial Convention of the American Guild of Organists.

Further details of the season will be published late August.


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