Great Choir: The Glory of Constantinople
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2016
7:30 PM – 9 PM, GREAT CHOIR
In this sixth collaboration of the Cathedral Choir with world music ensemble Rose of the Compass, we explore the glories of Constantinople, now Istanbul. From chants and motets composed upon the transfer of this great city from Christian to Muslim hands in the 15th century, to extraordinary modern-day arrangements of indigenous folk songs sung in Turkish, this concert promises to be an uplifting and inspiring look at the culture emanating from this seat of the Ottoman Empire.
“The Sound of Silence: from Medieval Source to Living Performance”: a concert by Anne Azéma, voice, hurdy gurdy and harp and Shira Kammen, vielle and harp of the Boston Camerata
“The Sound of Silence: from Medieval Source to Living Performance” is a concert of medieval song and poetry, sacred and secular, including love songs, lives of saints, and spirituals. All the works performed are linked, via their geographic origins, to manuscripts on view at the new McMullen Museum at Boston College. The traces left by medieval scribes will lead us toward the birth of musical sound. This one-hour performance without intermission includes works by Gauthier de Coincy and others.
Eminent medievalist and performer Anne Azéma, director of the Boston Camerata, has created programs and recordings that remove medieval music, romance and lyric poetry from the silence of the page to the musical and dramatic dynamism of the stage.
Anne Azéma and Shira Kammen are leaders in the field of medieval singing and accompaniment. French-born vocalist, Anne Azéma directs the Boston Camerata (2008) and the French ensemble Aziman (2005) and multi-instrumentalist and occasional vocalist Shira Kammen has spent well over half her life exploring the worlds of early and traditional music. Each has recorded prolifically and toured worldwide; together, they devote their enormous skill, insight, and fantasy to the magnificent repertoires of medieval France, Provence, England and Spain. French-born Azéma brings authentic language skills, a crystalline voice, and a gift for theatre; Kammen brings virtuoso technique on vielle, rebec, and harp, as well as her famous flair, drive, and humour. Their latest CD, “Etoile du Nord”, has been released to critical acclaim. They recently (2015) taught together at Boston University; have been in residency with the Boston Camerata at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (2015); returned to the Théatre de la Ville, Paris (2015); lead masterclasses at the Cini Foundation Venice (2015) and Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (2015); and performed at the Holland Festival, Utrecht (September 2015).
Thursday, October 27 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Celebrating the Music of German Speaking Lands
Two fabulous weeks – choose either week or both!
Enhance your technique and ensemble playing during an intensive workshop with director Letitia Berlin and other stellar faculty.
Week 2: November 6-12, 2016 (Includes Dulcian & Shawm)
Week 1: October 30- November 5, 2016
Recorder– Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker, Miyo Aoki
Viola da gamba– Rosamund Morley, Strings and Early Repertoire– Shira Kammen