Blue Heron

  • Type of music played: Medieval, Renaissance
  • Type of Ensemble: Choral/vocal ensemble
  • Number of players in group: 11-15
  • Fee range of programs: ask for a quote
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Blue Heron, directed by Scott Metcalfe, draws from a roster of musicians in order to constitute the ensemble best suited to the repertoire at hand. Following are musicians who regularly appear in Blue Heron concerts - Sopranos: Sonja Tengblad, Julia Steinbok, Shari Wilson / Altos: Jennifer Ashe, Pamela Dellal, Martin Near, Gerrod Pagenkopf, Daniela Tosic / Tenors: Michael Barrett, Jason McStoots, Aaron Sheehan, Mark Sprinkle, Owen McIntosh, Sumner Thompson / Bass: Cameron Beauchamp, Paul Guttry, Dashon Burton, David McFerrin / Instrumentalists: Marilyn Boenau, bajon; Laura Jeppesen, vielle; Peter Sykes, organ; Tom Zajac, doucaine, Gothic harp, recorders; Scott Metcalfe, vielle, harp; Mack Ramsey, trombone; Becky Baxter, Spanish Double Harp
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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. The ensemble combines a commitment to vivid live performance with the study of original source materials and historical performance practices. In 2010 the ensemble inaugurated a 5-CD series of Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks; three discs have been released so far, of music by Hugh Aston, Robert Jones, Nicholas Ludford, John Mason, and Richard Pygott, including many world premiere recordings.  Blue Heron 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), and Music Before 1800; at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., and at the Berkeley Festival. In 2012-13 Blue Heron took up a new position as ensemble in residence at the new Center for Early Music Studies at Boston University. Highlights of the 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.
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John Yannis, General Manager
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P.O. Box 372
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We offer a variety of educational programs at the secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels including seminars, masterclasses, workshops, individual coaching and lessons, and pre-concert talks. Blue Heron has worked with faculty at Boston College, Boston University, Williams College, Tufts University, Endicott College and the Waring School to design mini-residencies that complement musical curricula and give students the chance to learn more about Renaissance and medieval music outside the concert hall. 
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In 2012-13 Blue Heron presented: Nicholas Ludford's Missa Inclina cor meum (North American Premiere) Christmas in 15th-century France and Burgundy Divine Songs, featuring Music of Johannes Ockeghem  Chansons de printemps 2013-14 features: Music for Canterbury Cathedral (featuring Robert Jones' Missa Spes nostra) Christmas in Medieval England Un petrarchino cantato Spanish Masters French Song from Du Fay to Le Jeune Blue Heron is able to appear in a variety of ensemble sizes and vocal/instrumental configurations.
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Aston, Gaude Virgo.mp3
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Du Fay, Puisque Vous Estez Campieur.mp3
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Du Fay, Hosanna from Santus Ave Verum Corpus.mp3
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