Our 2019-2020 season will continue our exploration of great English Baroque music, starting with a program for soprano, bass, continuo and string trio that is studded full of gems by Eccles, Blow, Boyce and Purcell. We also are excited to build upon our tradition of celebrating music written for St. Cecilia’s day just as they would have done; with plenty of exciting music, but in particular, with a new commission written for Baroque orchestra, chorus and soloists by Boston composer, Adam Jacob Simon.
NOVEMBER 17, 2019 4PM | ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH BROOKLINE, MA | $60 / $40 GENERAL SEATING, $25 SENIORS AND STUDENTS
Soprano, Teresa Wakim will perform a program featuring the works of Eccles, Blow and Purcell. Ms. Wakim will be joined by baritone Jacob Cooper, continuo and a string trio led by Susanna Ogata. With juicy helpings of derangement, the program will alternate English Baroque mad songs and comic dialogues with the string trios of William Boyce, showcasing England’s great musical heritage. Boyce’s appealing and well balanced fugues for string trio will balance the volatile mad songs with sweet harmonies!
MARCH 21, 2020 | 8PM | CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF SAINT PAUL, BOSTON, MA $60 / 40 GENERAL, $25 STUDENTS AND SENIORS
Taking celebratory odes from two occasions: The birthday of Purcell's favorite monarch, Queen Mary and the patron saint of music, Cecilia, the HPSOB will present “Celebrate this Festival.” by Henry Purcell and ”The Glorious Day is come” by John Blow. This concert features a full baroque orchestra with soloists and chorus, and also will hint at our 2020/21 season with a premiere of a contemporary composition by composer Adam Jacob Simon. This 2019 setting of John Dryden’s “Ode to Saint Cecilia,” foreshadows the HPSOB’s plan to hold a bi-annual celebration of the St. Cecilia day, commissioning or premiering a new work each year dedicated to the patron saint. Please join us!