A feast of poetry, song and visual art, animated by a surprisingly Zen-like philosophy.
Machaut’s Remede de Fortune tells the tale of a woebegone lover who is counseled by Lady Hope on how to be happy and persevere in the face of the ups and downs dished out by Fortune and her Wheel. Blue Heron's presentation is a multimedia version of the Remede, with narration, projected surtitles and illustrations from manuscripts curated by Machaut. The program includes all of the music included in the poem, and more. Come see the show the Boston Musical Intelligencer called "captivatingly expressive".
Free pre-concert talk at 7:15 PM by Matilda Bruckner (Boston College, retired)
Doors open at 7 PM
If this sounds like a dry music history lesson, it wasn’t. The music is beautiful, alternating between haunting and jolly, and the narration is engagingly colloquial (“He’s as clueless as a caged bird”). In addition to playing splendidly, the musicians displayed a wry sense of humor, imitating bird songs in a garden scene and making trumpet sounds to herald the beginning of a feast. The first Kyrie from Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame made you want to hear this group perform the whole setting. And Estampies that Nagy arranged from other Machaut tunes sounded completely authentic. ... This program is a keeper.
Daniel Hathaway, ClevelandClassical.com, March 13, 2017
At her eponymous gallery in Great Barrington, Lauren Clark will be demonstrating the ancient craft of Turkish Paper Marbling. A hit with adults and children alike, everyone loves to see the magic of marbling! Lauren has been a paper marbler for over 30 years, teaching workshops at her Great Barrington studio, IS183 in Stockbridge, and Connecticut’s Brookfield Craft Center. Her work can be found at art supply and fine art paper stores, and been made into seven books by Dover Publications. She is also a picture framer and the owner/director of Lauren Clark Fine Art, a contemporary craft and art gallery in Gt. Barrington, MA. The event is open to all community members.
The acclaimed professional vocal ensemble Blue Heron celebrates the completion of its 5-CD series “Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks” in grand style with a gorgeous program of highlights from this treasurehouse of music, a set of partbooks copied around 1540 for Canterbury Cathedral. We are thrilled and deeply honored to be joined for the occasion by Nick Sandon, the world’s leading expert on the Peterhouse partbooks and the restorer of their missing parts, without whose astonishing and utterly persuasive recomposition of missing lines (principally the tenor, whose partbook was lost centuries ago) none of the unique Peterhouse music could be sung in modern times.
Doors open at 7 PM / Pre-concert talk begins at 7:15 PM
FREE Pre-concert talk by Nick Sandon (University of Exeter, retired)
“The singing is both precise and fluid, immaculate and alive” Alex Ross (The New Yorker, Aug. 24, 2015)
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cambridge Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the MA Cultural Council, a state agency.
ArtWeek discount code ARTFRI17 will provide a 50% discount on all tickets (Note: no double discounts).
$65 Sec. A reserved
$45 Sec. B reserved
$32 Sec. C general
$27 Sec. C senior discount
$10 Sec. C student/low income discount
(Under 18 always admitted free)
We celebrate the completion of our 5-CD series Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks with a special day of events devoted to this source and its historical context. We are thrilled and deeply honored to be joined for the occasion by Nick Sandon, the world’s leading expert on the Peterhouse partbooks without whose astonishing and utterly persuasive recomposition of missing lines none of the unique Peterhouse music could be sung in modern times. Professor Sandon has recently completed a decades-long project to reconstruct the missing tenor parts of fifty works.
This symposium-like event will feature talks by Nick Sandon (University of Exeter, retired), and James Simpson (Harvard University), an expert on iconoclasm during the Reformation; a lecture-demonstration by Scott Metcalfe and Blue Heron; and an hour-long Blue Heron concert.
Special for ArtWeek attendees, use code ARTSAT17 for 50% off the $95.00 fee. Free for students with I.D. Click here to learn more about the Peterhouse Parbooks.
Eudaimonia, A Purposeful Period Band, presents the recreation of a 17th century Mantuan sabbath service with the music of Salamone Rossi blended with ancient chant from Roman synagogues. Special for ArtWeek, there will be a Q & A and informational interludes about the local humanitarian organizations featured. This concert, featuring a core of Boston’s finest period instrumentalists from the ensemble, is a collaboration with the Longy School of Music’s Historical Performance department, led by Eudaimonia’s directors, harpsichordist Vivian Montgomery and violinist Juila McKenzie. Admission is “Pay What You Decide”.
The community is invited to join us for a special evening of Visual Wow and Dancing to Joe’s accompanying fun beats! Joe Wheaton, light show extraordinaire, will present his latest art video projections at the gallery’s outside event space. Wheaton has been known for 30 years in the Berkshires and beyond for his graceful metal sculpture, and more recently for his energetic, “art in motion” video projections. Meet the artist while enjoying this rare multimedia experience live in the outdoor sculpture event and seating area. Refreshments will be served, this event is 21+.
VIVA LA FEMME exhibiting contemporary artists will talk about their artwork and journey as creative females. Women have always been creative, yet not as frequently acknowledged through art history as their male counterparts. Female artists now have the opportunity to have their voices and talents recognized, appreciated, and honored. This event will open up a dialogue between the community and these artists. Artists talks begin at 6:15 followed by a reception with live Bossa Nova Jazz Music by Vita Kay.