Blue Heron

One of the world's leading vocal ensembles for Renaissance music

Po Box 372, Ashland, MA 01721

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The vocal ensemble Blue Heron, directed by Scott Metcalfe, 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 the "expressive intensity" of its interpretations. Combining a commitment to vivid live performance with the study of original source materials and historical performance practices, Blue Heron ranges over a wide and fascinating repertoire. Founded in 1999, Blue Heron is the first ensemble-in-residence at Boston University's new Center for Early Music Studies. It presents a concert series in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The ensemble has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival; in New York City at The Cloisters (Metropolitan Museum of Art), the 92nd Street Y, and Music Before 1800; at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., at the Berkeley Early Music Festival. Highlights of its 2013-14 season are a return to The Cloisters and debut appearances at the Library of Congress, at Yale University, and in Seattle, Kansas City, and Cleveland. One of the Boston music community's indispensables...sets the standard for the presentation of Renaissance vocal music. (The Boston Globe) There is always something in this choir to make you listen more deeply, to lean forward and witness the inner voices. Their contrapuntal nuance is at times astounding... [Blue Heron is] a fantastic model for the fully-realized potential of early music performance in the 21st century. (Boston Musical Intelligencer)

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  • Missa L'homme arme (Ockeghem@600, concert 3)

    "Aided by the smooth and sleek sound of of the Blue Heron singers, the music's texture came alive with...

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    Sat, Oct 17, 2015

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  • Christmas in Medieval England

    Friday, December 18, 2015 at 8:00 PM Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 2:30 PM Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM "A refreshing concert... of music that embodied...

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    Fri, Dec 18 - Sat, Dec 19, 2015

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  • From the Eton Choirbook to the Peterhouse Partbooks

    Sacred music and songs from England, c. 1490-1540, including works from the two most important collections of sacred music copied...

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    Fri, Feb 5, 2016

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  • From the Eton Choirbook to the Peterhouse Partbooks

    "Unlike the tepid, cautious deliveries of early music that many of us remember all too well, Blue Heron brought...

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    Sat, Feb 6, 2016

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  • Cantores y ministriles: Music in Seville in the Golden Age

    Blue Heron joins forces with the stellar wind band Dark Horse Consort for a festive program of music from 16th-century...

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    Sat, Apr 2, 2016

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