Boston Choral Ensemble
In the fall of 2011 Andrew Shenton became the third Artistic Director of the Boston Choral Ensemble, one the region’s most innovative and highly regarded choirs. BCE 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.
BCE is an auditioned choir of about 40 mixed-voices and we are always interested to hear from potential new members. Our programs are varied and engage membership and audiences both intellectually and emotionally. In November 2013 we were voted one of Boston’s Best Choirs by CBS news. See the article here.
2016-2017 SEASON: MUSIC YOU CAN SEE
Our five concerts this season celebrate 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.
Save the date:
Friday, 14 October, 2016 at 8:00 PM, at First Church, Cambridge
Saturday, 15 October, 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 17 December, 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 Brahms, Gabrieli, Mulholland and Dave Brubeck.
We have great pleasure for our fourth concert in returning to the Hayden Planetarium in Boston’s Museum of Science for a visual and aural feast entitled Cosmos: Seeing Stars. 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 11 May, 2017 (times tba) at the Hayden Planetarium
Sunday 14 May, 2017 (times tba) at the Hayden Planetarium
Thursday 18 May, 2017 (times tba) at the Hayden Planetarium
Finally, we round out our season with a reprise our Obrecht concert at the Boston Early Music Festival in June 2017.