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“BRAVO, BRAVO, BRAVO!”STANDING OVATIONS FOR CAMERATA NATIONWIDE

November was harvest month for Boston Camerata musicians. As they performed “A Symphony of Psalms” around the country, they harvested ovation after ovation. Audiences at every venue – in Michigan, Missouri, Iowa and Massachusetts – rose spontaneously to their feet at each concert’s end, to salute the superb interpretations of Renaissance and early Baroque psalmody.

Your intrepid reporter was present at the final event of the tour, last Sunday’s beautiful Cambridge performance, and noted that Harvard’s Memorial Church hosted a large and raptly attentive audience.

He also spotted microphones and video cameras in the hall. WGBH and Public Radio were present, as were Camerata Tonmeister and Tonmeisterin David and Harriet Griesinger, and hopefully we will be able to post sound samples for your pleasure on this site in the near future. We’ll also keep you posted about broadcast plans.

Meanwhile, reviews have been showing up in email, Facebook and elsewhere. “What a magnificent concert at Harvard Nov. 8,” writes one supporter. “The energy on and around the stage was inspiring.”

Another audience member contacted us on Tuesday morning: “I just brought my wife and daughter to your Psalms presentation at Memorial Church at Harvard. We are seasoned concert attendees and are musicians as well, and quite frankly were just attending because we knew [one of the musicians]. We were not prepared for the peerless performance that we experienced.

“The nuance of tone and the delicate blend of the period instruments informed us as never before of the true sound of renaissance/baroque chamber music. The voices were clear, well articulated with being overdone or understated. Bravo, Bravo, Bravo! And Ms. Azéma’s arrangement of the program made perfect sense.”

Thanks to all who made every tour stop such an outstanding event. Our photos show Ed Jones and his wonderful Choral Scholars, but every participating choir made an essential contribution to the project.

Next stop for Camerata: Düsseldorf, Germany. Our fall seasons continues, but we’ll never forget these magnificent psalm settings and the way they touched all of us, musicians and audience alike.