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If you like early music, or music in general, this is a good place to be. Our
page is about one ensemble, The Boston Camerata, but there is plenty here to
all kinds of human beings. We aim to provide:
Please check back here
from time to time, as we will try to keep our information current.
- news of our music (updated regularly),
- a description of who we are and what we do,
- a current discography, (including tons of fascinating
and hard-to-find info on early music)
- a touring and
- for Boston-area
friends, an announcement of our 2001-2002 intown season.
- biographical sketches of Camerata's musicians,
- and other important
stuff we haven't thought of yet.
Award for Camerata's Music Director
Joel Cohen will
be the recipient of the2002 Georges Longy Achievement Award for Musical Artistry
and Leadership. The award ceremony will take place at Symphony Hall, Boston,
June 17, during a gala dinner organized by the Longy School of Music, Cambridge. Joel
tells us he is especially pleased to be receiving this honor because of his years
study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. "Mademoiselle spent the Second World War
years teaching at the Longy School," he writes, "and she would occasionally mention
those times during lessons at her Paris apartment. I feel an increased link with
the school, and with her, as a result of this recent event." Our
congratulations to Joel, and our thanks to Longy!
Worshop in Provence
There are still some
openings from our by-now-famous workshop in medieval song, held annually each
September in Coaraze, a beautiful and ancient village north of Nice, a few miles
from the Italian border. If you want to breathe Mediterranean air, see Mediterranean
light, and immerse yourself in the poetry and music of the Provençal troubadours,
you can get more info by clicking here. We're
Americans, too. Camerata director Joel Cohen, assisted by Camerata soloists Anne
Azéma and Deborah Rentz-Moore, will also be giving a two-day workshop
on Shaker song in early July, as part of the Kodaly Institute Summer Workshop.
Classes will be
taking place at the New England Conservatory, Boston.
Cantigas are coming.
article, pictures, and media reviews!
Along with our Shaker
programs, we consider the interfaith Cantigas program, featuring Christian, Jewish,
and Moslem sacred song of medieval Spain, to count among our most important work
of recent years. As the crisis in the Middle East raged on, our cast gave mid-April
performances of this program in Germany (Berlin and Erfurt). We
are now happy to announce that this history-making collaboration among the Boston
Camerata, the Camerata Mediterannea, and the Abdelkrim Rais Orchestra of Fez,
Morocco, will be touring in the United States in early November, 2002. Here is
the schedule: 11/01/02,
Tucson, AZ 11/03/02,
Los Angeles, CA 11/05/02,
University of Chicago 11/07/02,
Ann Arbor MI 11/08/02,
College Park, MD 11/09/02,
New London, CT 11/10/02,
Boston MA (Celebrity Series)
snapshot, above, was taken by an enthusiast in the audience at the most recent
of Cantigas, last July, in a French medieval abbey. The photo may be fuzzy,
but the performance was not. The French audience, like the preceding one in Dresden,
Germany, last May, stood and cheered for about twenty minutes before they allowed
the musicians to leave the stage. Stay
tuned here for more news on the upcoming U.S. Cantigas tour.
anyone? The "orgies" of
the Harvard University radio station, WHRB, are world famous for presenting many
hours on end of recorded sound by a single composer, artist, or musical style.
The Boston Camerata was honored to get its own WHRB orgy, for the first time,
on May 25 last. Producer and presenter for these eleven hours of recorded music
from Camerata's discography was our friend and associate Victoria de Ménil,
who in recent seasons has participated as a performer on several of our projects.And
you can click here for more Camerata news
this link for more info concerning Camerata director Joel Cohen; or send
him mail by clicking here.
Please have a look at the record listings. The Boston
Camerata has made lots of recordings (more, we guess, then any other
early-music group in the New World). Many of these recorded programs have won
international awards and distinctions. They all contain terrific music. In the
recording links we invite
you to explore, you can find tracklistings and/or extensive program notes for
most of the titles, some song texts, and now even a few sound
and there (more of these to come). We aim to give good information on our current
CD's for record buyers, prospective concert presenters, and early-music mavens.
There is much in the program notes for students of music history.
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