Wonderful, early American songs and hymns, circa 1790-1840, most of them from old prints and manuscripts of Newburyport, Boston, and New Hampshire, performed by The Boston Camerata's superb soloist ensemble, directed by Anne Azéma.
The concert includes a special group of rare Shaker songs, mainly from unpublished manuscript sources in Sabbathday Lake, Maine.
Daniel: A Medieval Masterpiece Revisited
The prophecies, tribulations, and triumph of the young Biblical hero Daniel, as retold in music from medieval Beauvais . Probably the most powerful and musically evocative of all the medieval mystery plays, in a splendid new production conceived by Anne Azéma.
An American Christmas
To celebrate our 60th Anniversary, our Christmas program features music from our very own tradition. From the early years of the American republic, and from a wide range of early tune books and manuscripts, a generous selection of carols, New England anthems, Southern folk hymns and religious ballads for the season.
Of All the Flowers:
Sacred and Secular Song of the Later Middle Ages
The constantly evolving and inventive musical minds of Italian and French masters during the fourteenth century has left us with repertoires, both sacred and secular, that successfully unite the search for new and different creative paths with astonishing lyricism and sensual beauty. In this specially commissioned program for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, you will hear music spanning the worlds of God and Man, by the greatest composers of their day: Machaut, Landini, da Bologna, and others, performed by Camerata's virtuoso soloists and instrumentalists.
The Sacred Bridge
Back by popular demand! An interfaith celebration unlike any other. Discover with us the common musical roots of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, and the astonishing and beautiful interactions among these traditions. Our program includes elements of Jewish liturgy, Gregorian and Koranic chant, songs and texts of Jewish minstrels, Sephardic folksong, medieval Spanish Cantigas, and Judaeo-Islamic music from the ancient Andalusian tradition. The Boston Camerata is joined by Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble.