2016-2017 Season

Our five concerts this season celebrates the relationship between seeing and hearing. First, we explore the renaissance masterpiece Missa De Sancto Donatiano (1487) by Jacob Obrecht (with our first performance coinciding exactly with the 529th anniversary of the premiere). The Mass will be introduced by renowned Obrecht scholar M. Jennifer Bloxam (Williams College), who will explore through visuals the cultural history of the premiere and via animated graphics the composition of the mass. We pair the music of Obrecht with music by Einojuhani Rautavaara, the notable Finnish composer, who died on July 27, 2016, at the age of 87.

Obrecht Saint Donation Mass Poster

Save the date:

Friday, October 14, 2016, at 8:00 PM, at First Church, Cambridge

Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 8:00 PM, at First Lutheran Church, Boston

For more information, including the program, program notes, texts and translations, go to the concert page.


Our holiday concert takes the theme of Secret Angels who are seen and not seen. With music by John Tavener, Adrian Peacock, Francis Poulenc and others, the concert is loosely based on the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols. It includes carols for choir and congregation using the fine organ in Old South Church, and an international selection of sacred and secular carols to get you into the holiday spirit!


Save the date:

Saturday, December 17, 2016, at 3:00 PM, at Old South Church, Boston (preceded by an organ recital by Andrew Shenton at 2:30 PM)


Our third concert, in spring 2017, is titled Kaleidoscope (Changes in Pattern and Color). We’re adding another sense to this experience with the world’s first 'scratch and sniff' choral concert, and ‘son et lumiere’ performance of color-themed works brought to life with computer-aided projections. The music will include pieces by Stroope, Stanford, Britten and Cage.


Save the date:

Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 8:00 PM, at First Church, Cambridge


We're pleased that our fourth concert returns to the Charles Hayden Planetarium at Boston’s Museum of Science for a visual and aural feast entitled Cosmos. Our music by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Randall Stroope, Ola Gjeilo, and others will be made visible by a series of projections on the planetarium’s dome. The concert will include the world premiere of a new work by Stacy Garrop, winner of our commission competition.


Save the date:

Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM at the Charles Hayden Planetarium

Sunday, May 14, 2017, at 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM at the Charles Hayden Planetarium

Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM at the Charles Hayden Planetarium


Finally, we round out our season with a reprise our Obrecht concert at the Boston Early Music Festival in June 2017.



Save the date:

Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Noon at First Lutheran Church, Boston