Cantata Singers Announces 2015-2016 Season

Cantata Singers Announces 2015-2016 Season
Yareah Magazine
Photo Credit: James Luo

Photo Credit: James Luo

Concert Series features the complete version of Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Brahms’ German Requiem, Boston Premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Grammy Award-winning Adam’s Lament, guest appearance by eminent conductor Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt, and beloved works by J.S. Bach.  Expanded Chamber Series finds new home at the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge

Boston, MA—Cantata Singers is delighted to announce its 52nd Season.

“Our 2015-2016 Season is notable for its tremendous breadth and variety—a season that will pair some of the oldest choral music of the Western canon with some of its newest chestnuts,” said Music Director David Hoose.  “I am excited to announce that we are expanding the scope of our musical offerings in multiple ways—with the guest appearance by one of the world’s most noted choral conductors, our first-ever performance in Lexington, and most notably, by finding a new home for our Chamber Series at the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge.”

Cantata Singers’ 52nd Season will commence on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 8:00pm in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall with a program led by world-renowned choral conductor Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt.  “Dr. Flummerfelt has chosen a beautiful and intimate program of sacred choral music, American songs, and Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer, works rarely presented by Cantata Singers,” said Hoose.  “This program will give our audience the chance to experience the unique musical perspective he brings to the podium.”  Accompanying Brahms’ charming Liebeslieder waltzes, Cantata Singers will perform Copland’s “The Promise of Living” from The Tender Land alongside other Copland pieces, Stravinsky’s Pater noster, and works by Barber, Casals, Davies, Duruflé, Fine, and Victoria.

In January of 2016, Cantata Singers will present the complete version of Handel’s 1783 oratorio, Israel in Egypt.  Often performed with only the second and third movements, Cantata Singers will give two performances of the original three-part version, first in Cary Hall in Lexington, and then in NEC’s Jordan Hall.  One of Handel’s most revered works, Israel in Egypt is a masterful recounting of the deliverance of the Israelites from bondage.  Being one of his most chorus-heavy oratorios, Israel in Egypt features some of Handel’s most powerful and inventive writing for vocal ensemble.

On Friday, April 1, 2016, at 8pm, Cantata Singers presents Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutches Requiem in NEC’s Jordan Hall.  Works by J.S. Bach and Anton Webern are paired with Brahms’ lush Requiem, including Bach’s Cantata BWV 60, “Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort” from Dialogue between Hope and Fear.  “The Requiem is an undoubtedly grandiose and beloved work,” said Hoose, “and in the company of music by Bach and Webern, this concert will surely move listeners.”

The season will close with the Boston Premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Grammy Award-winning Adam’s Lament paired with J.S. Bach’s “Lutheran” Mass in A major and his motet, “Komm, Jesu, komm” on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 8:00pm in First Church, Cambridge.  The stunningly beautiful Adam’s Lament—written in 2009 for chorus and string orchestra—chronicles Adam’s banishment from paradise with mystical delicacy.  Said Hoose, “Performing Adam’s Lament alongside Bach’s celestial Lutheran Mass and ebullient motet will sound exquisite in the sparkling acoustics of First Church.”

Cantata Singers’ 2015-2016 Season features an expanded chamber series in residence at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge.  The series programming will complement the music featured in Cantata Singers’ main choral concert series.  “This wonderful expansion and new relationship offers the opportunity for us to expand and to deepen our musical offerings.  We are delighted that our Chamber Series has found a new home at the Academy’s remarkable Norton Wood’s auditorium in Cambridge,” said Hoose.

The three concert chamber series will begin on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 7:30pm with a “Made in America” program of songs by Barber, Copland, and Fine for voice, piano, and string quartet, led by Chamber Series Director Allison Voth.   On Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:30pm, Amy Lieberman will conduct Luciano Berio’s Cries of London alongside other works for chamber chorus by Janequin, Machaut, and Pärt.  The Chamber Series will conclude on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:30pm with the “Circle of Friends” program led by Allison Voth.  The program features songs and duets for voice and piano by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn and Johannes Brahms, alongside instrumental chamber ensemble works by Brahms.

52nd Season Subscriptions begin at $85, and will be on sale beginning on May 10th, 2015.

Single tickets will be on sale September 1st, ranging in price from $25-$69.

For more information, contact Cantata Singers at 617.868.5885, or visit our website, www.cantatasingers.org.

Photo Credit: James Luo

Photo Credit: James Luo

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 52 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 14 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.

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2014-2015 SEASON



Saturday, October 10, 2015
8pm at Jordan Hall
Pre-concert talk at 7pm in Williams Hall

Joseph Flummerfelt, Guest Conductor
Tomás Luis de Victoria: O vos omnes
Pablo Casals: O vos omnes
Dennis Russell Davies: The Lord’s Prayer
Maurice Duruflé: Notre père
Igor Stravinsky: Pater noster
Benjamin Britten: The Evening Primrose, from Flower Songs
Irving Fine: The Hourglass, from The Hourglass
Samuel Barber: The Coolin’, from Reincarnations
Aaron Copland: Long time Ago; At the River; The Promise of Living, from The Tender Land
Johannes Brahms: Liebeslieder Walzer, op. 52; Neue Liebeslieder Waltzer, zum schluss


Friday, January 29, 2016
8pm at Cary Hall, Lexington
Pre-concert talk with Dr. Ellen Harris at 7pm
Sunday, January 31, 2016
2pm at Jordan Hall
Pre-concert talk with Dr. Ellen Harris at 1pm
David Hoose, Music Director

G.F. Handel: Israel in Egypt (complete)


Friday, April 1, 2016
8pm at Jordan Hall
Pre-concert talk with John Harbison at 7pm
David Hoose, Music Director

J.S. Bach: Ricercar, from the Musical Offering, orch. by Anton Webern
Anton Webern: Five Movements for String Orchestra, op. 5
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 60, “Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort”—Dialogue between Hope and Fear
Johannes Brahms: Ein deutches Requiem

Friday, May 20, 2016
8pm at First Church, Cambridge
Pre-concert talk with Scott Allen Jarrett at 7pm
David Hoose, Music Director

J.S. Bach: Komm, Jesu, komm
Arvo Pärt: Adam’s Lament **Boston Premiere
J.S. Bach: “Lutheran” Mass in A major



Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Made in America
7:30pm at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Allison Voth, Chamber Series Director

Aaron Copland: Walls of Zion; Selections from Emily Dickenson Songs; Simple Gifts
Irving Fine: Mutability

Samuel Barber: Hermit Songs

Friday, February 26, 2016

My end is my beginning
7:30pm at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Amy Lieberman, Conductor

Arvo Pärt: Solfeggio

Clement Janequin: “Amour ayant de ma grand”; “Toutes les nuictz”; “La guerre”

Luciano Berio: Cries of London; Brin for solo guitar

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Romancero Gitano, op. 152

Guillaume de Machaut: Ma fin est ma commencement


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Circle of Friends
7:30pm at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Allison Voth, Chamber Series Director

Felix Mendelssohn: Duet for sopranos and chorus, Symphony No. 2, “Lobgesang”, op. 52; 6 Duets, op. 63

Fanny Mendelssohn: Selections from Sechs Lieder, op. 7; Selections from Funf Lieder, op. 10

Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A minor, op. 114; 2 Songs, op. 91

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