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Blue Heron
Scott Metcalfe, Artistic Director

Blue Heron

Kim Leeds, mezzo-soprano
Laura Pudwell, alto
Jason McStoots, tenor
Sumner Thompson, tenor
Paul Guttry, bass

Program

Renaissance vocal works by Guillaume de Machaut, Josquin des Prez, Cipriano de Rore, Johannes Okheghem, and others.

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a Shinkoskey Noon Concert

See also Blue Heron’s Cipriano de Rore program on Friday, October 29.

Blue Heron has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables” and hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for its “expressive intensity.” The ensemble ranges over a wide repertoire from plainchant to new music, with particular specialities in fifteenth-century Franco-Flemish polyphony and early sixteenth-century English sacred music and is committed to vivid live performance informed by the study of original source materials and historical performance practices. Blue Heron’s catalogue of a dozen recording include five discs of music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, copied in 1540 for Canterbury Cathedral, much of which consisted of world premiere recordings; the fifth disc won the prestigious 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Award for Early Music, the first ever awarded to a non-European ensemble in the four-decade history of the Gramophone Awards.

Founded in 1999, Blue Heron presents a concert series in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival; in New York City at Music Before 1800, The Cloisters (Metropolitan Museum of Art), and the 92nd Street Y; at the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, and Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.; at the Berkeley Early Music Festival; at Yale University; in Chicago, Cleveland, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Providence, St. Louis, San Luis Obispo, Seattle, and Vancouver; and in Cambridge and London, England. Upcoming engagements include a visit to the University of California, Davis, and a debut at the Tage alter Musik Regensburg. Blue Heron has been in residence at the Center for Early Music Studies at Boston University and at Boston College, and has enjoyed collaborations with A Far Cry, Dark Horse Consort, Les Délices, Parthenia, Piffaro, and Ensemble Plus Ultra.

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