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.
2017-2018 SEASON: CONNECTIONS
Boston Choral Ensemble’s 2017 – 2018 season showcases connections within and between its four concerts.
Our season opens with Connexion Française: Fête, where we’ll draw on the connection between music and space to use the whole of Boston’s magnificent Mission Church as the platform for great 19th and 20th century French compositions. Francis Poulenc’s stunning Mass in G, one of the twentieth century’s most challenging choral works, will be sung alongside works by Maurice Duruflé and Olivier Messiaen, with organ music by Jean Langlais performed on the historic 1897 Hutchings Great Organ.
Poulenc’s Christmas Motets serve as a connection to Christmas Connection: Noel, which also celebrates the 75th anniversary of the death of Hugo Distler (1908-1942) with excerpts from Die Weihnachtsgeschichte (Christmas Story). The audience joins in the holiday fun with favorite carols to sing along with the grand organ at Old South Church, followed by a festive reception.
Deutscher Konnekt: Totentanz focuses on another piece by Distler, his Totentanz, Op. 12. The program continues with this juxtaposition of death and dance, with music by Anton Heiller and Hans Werner Henze, Heinrich Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien (Funeral music), Op. 7 traces the theme back centuries.
Our season comes to a springtime close with Rainbow Connection: Pride, focusing on works by LGBTQAI composers and writers. Coinciding with our 10th annual commission competition, Rainbow Connection features a premiere by this year’s winner, Mari Esabel Valverde, setting the poetry of Amir Rabiyah. Music by openly gay composers Poulenc and Henze revisits themes from the season’s earlier concerts.
Complete programs will be forthcoming.
For more information, including the program, program notes, texts and translations, go to the concert page.