Our 2019-2020 season will continue our exploration of great English Baroque music, starting with a program featuring soprano Teresa Wakim performing with an instrumental ensemble in a program studded with 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 | 7:30PM | CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF SAINT PAUL, BOSTON, MA $60 / 40 GENERAL, $25 STUDENTS AND SENIORS
In March, we are thrilled to present another historically informed program celebrating the English Baroque. We will open and close our program with occasional music by Henry Purcell, beginning with his exquisite and moving choral work: Funeral Sentences and Music for Queen Mary. Our featured work and centerpiece will be the joyous birthday Ode, “Celebrate this Festival,” featuring orchestra, chorus and our wonderful soloists, led by conductor and harpsichordist, Ian Watson. There will also be a special performance of a brand new setting of John Dryden’s famous “Ode to St. Cecilia,” written by Boston composer, Adam Jacob Simon, with soloist Sophie Michaux. We hope to revive the tradition of great new music for St. Cecilia's Day, just as Purcell and his contemporaries did for the annual London Saint Cecilia Day Festivals in the late 17th century.