Boston music. First performance of Mozart majestic C minor Mass in 20 years

Boston music. First performance of Mozart majestic C minor Mass in 20 years
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Boston music. Cantata Singers announces 2014-2015 season featuring the World Premiere of Eve by Elena Ruehr, Cantata Singers’ first-ever performance of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, the ensemble’s first performance of Mozart’s majestic C minor Mass in 20 years, and beloved works by J.S. Bach.

Boston music. First performance of Mozart majestic C minor Mass in 20 years

Composer Elena Ruehr

Boston music. Cantata Singers is delighted to announce its 51st concert season.

“Our 2014-2015 season celebrates the continually rewarding exploration of the vast repertoire that comprises the choral canon,” said Music Director David Hoose. “Next year’s programming features both music that will be quite familiar to Boston audiences, as well as that which is relatively unknown. I hope the tapestry that emerges will inspire surprising revelations about all of the music we will perform next season.”

Cantata Singers’ 51st season will commence on Saturday, November 8th at 8:00pm at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall with a program featuring the World Premiere of Elena Ruehr’s Eve paired with two cantatas by J.S. Bach – his cantata BWV 77, “Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, lieben” (You shall love God, your Lord) and cantata BWV 195(a), “Dem Gerechten muß das Licht” (The light shall ever rise again for the righteous). The season opener builds on Cantata Singers’ tradition of presenting new works for choir and ensemble alongside Classical and Baroque repertoire.

Cantata Singers has commissioned acclaimed Boston-based composer Elena Ruehr to create Eve, a new work for choir and orchestra that uses text from Genesis 3, the Fall. Eve will be Cantata Singers’ 14th commission and the first from a female composer.

In January of 2015, Cantata Singers will give its first performance—in the original Church Slavonic—of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s beloved and evocative All-Night Vigil, or commonly known as the Vespers. The concert will be presented twice, first at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, and then at Houghton Memorial Chapel in partnership with the Concert Series at Wellesley College. Cantata Singers’ performance of the All-Night Vigil will follow acclaimed recent performances by the ensemble of music by Rachmaninoff’s contemporaries, including Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Schnittke’s Concerto for Choir.

On Friday, March 20, 2015, at 8pm, Cantata Singers returns to New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall to present a program featuring Beethoven’s Elegischer Gesang (Elegiac Song), Haydn’s Symphony No. 86 in D major, and Mozart’s stunning Mass in C minor. Said Music Director David Hoose, “Music by these three composers can often distract from each other when they are on the same program. In this case, the pieces actually reinforce each other and point to allegiances among these works.”

The season will close with a special concert at Jordan Hall the afternoon of Sunday, March 10th, 2015, Mother’s Day weekend. Bach’s glorious Magnificat in D will be paired with Baroque Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka’s profoundly spiritual Te Deum, ZVW 146. “Both pieces are brilliant in their color and energy,” said Hoose. “It’s hard to find a piece as vital as Bach’s Magnificat, yet Zelenka’s Te Deum may be right there.”

Boston music. First performance of Mozart majestic C minor Mass in 20 years

Credit: Eduard Leon

About Cantata Singers:

A singular desire to bring to Boston’s listeners music that isn’t being heard anywhere else has inspired Cantata Singers’ programming for 50 years.

In 1964, that music included the cantatas of J.S. Bach. Today, it may be hard for us to believe, but when Cantata Singers was founded in 1964, live performances of Bach cantatas were quite a rarity. In fact, Cantata Singers’ early concerts featured the first Boston performances of many of the cantatas.

Bach’s music, from the cantatas to the B-minor Mass to the Passions, remains an essential part of Cantata Singers’ repertoire. However, the ensemble’s repertoire has expanded to include music from the 17th century to today. Cantata Singers has commissioned 13 works for choir and orchestra—including one that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music—and has presented more than fifty Boston premieres of music both old and new.

Many of Boston’s most talented musicians perform regularly with Cantata Singers. The chorus is made up of singers who have careers as musicians, educators, doctors, and architects. Many of these members appear as soloists with Cantata Singers, as well as with other highly respected organizations; some conduct other choruses and orchestras in the area. Although many of our musicians perform actively as solo singers, they choose to sing with Cantata Singers because of the reward they find in performing music of the choral canon at the highest possible level.

Cantata Singers has always focused on the music—be it by Bach, Verdi, Harbison, or Pärt—and its audiences do, too. Our audiences return year after year to hear fresh visions of iconic music, or an intriguing unfamiliar work that is—in fact—quite approachable. Each Cantata Singers concert is often surprising, sometimes challenging, always beautiful, and ultimately inspiring.


Saturday, November 8, 2014 8pm at Jordan Hall.

J.S. Bach: Cantata 195(a), ““Dem Gerechten muß das Licht”.

Elena Ruehr: World Premiere Eve, Cantata Singers commission; Text from Genesis.

J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 77, “Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, lieben.

Saturday, January 24, 2015 8pm at St. Paul Church, Cambridge.

Saturday, January 31, 2015 8pm at Houghton Chapel, Wellesley College.

Sergei Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil (Vespers) (Всенощное бдѣніе), op. 37.

Friday, March 20, 2015 8pm at Jordan Hall.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Elegischer Gesang, op. 118.

F.J. Haydn: Symphony No. 86 in D major.

W.A. Mozart: Great Mass in C minor, K. 427.

Sunday, May 10, 2015 (Mother’s Day) 3pm at Jordan Hall.

J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D, BWV 243.

J.D. Zelenka: Te Deum in D, ZWV 146.

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