Blue Heron and Dark Horse Consort
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 4 p.m.
Corpus Christi Church
Blue Heron: Scott Metcalfe, director
Vocal ensemble of six singers
Dark Horse Consort: Kiri Tollaksen, Alexandra Opsahl, cornetts
Priscilla Herreid, shawm, dulcian
Greg Ingles, Eric Schmalz, Mack Ramsey, sackbuts
Cantores y ministriles: Music in Seville in the Golden Age
The vocal ensemble Blue Heron and the wind band Dark Horse Consort offer a vibrant selection of music from wealthy 16th-century Seville. Profound sacred works, cheerful dances, and secular songs by the city’s finest composers—Francisco de Peñalosa, Cristóbal de Morales, Francisco Guerrero, and Alonso Lobo—spring to life from the hands and throats of the combined groups.
The vocal ensemble Blue Heron 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 repertoire, including 15th-century English and Franco-Flemish polyphony, Spanish music between 1500 and 1600, and neglected early 16th-century English music, especially the unique repertory of the Peterhouse partbooks, copied c. 1540 for Canterbury Cathedral. Blue Heron’s first CD, featuring music by Guillaume Du Fay, was released in 2007. In 2010 the ensemble inaugurated a 5-CD series of Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, featuring many world premiere recordings; volume 5 will be released in 2016. Blue Heron has also recorded a companion CD of music from c. 800-1400 for the book Capturing Music: The Story of Notation by Thomas Forrest Kelly. Founded in 1999, Blue Heron presents a concert series in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and toured from coast to coast in the US, performing in New York City, Washington, Berkeley Seattle, St. Louis, Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. In 2015 the ensemble embarked on a new long-term project to perform the complete works of Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1420-1497); the first program of this series was presented by Music Before 1800 in February 2015.