Upcoming Performances


2017

july

Liberty and Love:
A Summer Sampler

We offer a summer buffet of music for our Maine friends, plus a sneak preview of our 2017-18 season! An opening set of love songs, chants, and spirituals from medieval France is followed by a feast of home-cooked ballads, Revolutionary partsongs, and paeans to American heroes, including pieces from the earliest Maine songbooks.

Anne Azéma, director, voice
Michael Barrett, Lawson Daves, Daniel Hershey, Camila Parias, Deborah Rentz-Moore, voices
Joel Cohen, voice, guitar

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2:00pm, Head Tide Church, Head Tide Church Road, Alna, ME
* show info

august

Songes et Mençonges (Songs and Lies)

Songs from the Middle Ages, exploring the themes of sleep and dreams, including works by the visionary Hildegard of Bingen and others.

25
8:15pm, Martinskirche, Basel, Switzerland
* show info


september

Treasures of Devotion:
Spiritual Song in Northern Europe 1500-1540

Music of personal devotion in the early Renaissance reflects the spirituality of homes and small chapels in an age of intense religious renewal. Prayers, songs, and chants accompany music for the Virgin, meditations on the cross, and astonishing reworkings of the day’s popular melodies set to sacred texts.

Anne Azéma, voice, hurdy gurdy
Michael Barrett, voice, lute
Daniel Hershey, voice
Joel Frederiksen, voice, lute
Andrew Arceci, viola da gamba
Shira Kammen, vielle, harp
Carol Lewis, viola da gamba

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2:00pm, Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam, Netherlands

october

Liberty Tree:
Early Music for the American Soul

Partsongs, marches, anthems, jigs, and ballads from the young Republic, when citizens sang their rejection of tyranny! Rousing works by citizen-composers such as Boston tanner William Billings and Vermont tavern-keeper Jeremiah Ingalls still ring true today.

29
4:00pm, Harvard Memorial Church, One Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA
* show info


december

A Mediterranean Christmas

The Christmas narrative retold using songs, chants, and instrumental pieces from the countries of the Mediterranean basin: Spain, Italy, and southern France, as well as north Africa and the Holy Land. Works are drawn from medieval manuscripts and more recent, though still archaic, folklore and oral traditions. With voices, early instruments of Europe and the Middle East, and readings of the Christmas story.

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8:00pm, Follen Church, 755 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA
* show info


2
8:00pm, First Lutheran Church, 299 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA
* show info


3
3:00pm, First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Rd., Newbury, MA
* show info


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3:00pm, St. Joseph Convent Chapel, Milwaukee, WI


10
5:00pm, St. Joseph Convent Chapel, Milwaukee, WI


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7:30pm, Bourgie Hall, Montreal, QC Canada
* show info



Carols at Midnight:
French Christmas Music 1500-1700

A cornucopia of French Christmas music for voices, viols, harp and organ. Serene liturgies from the Burgundian court mingle with late Renaissance and early Baroque carols and dances. A candlelit performance of Charpentier’s beloved Messe de Minuit is the centerpiece of our evening.

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3:00pm, Union College, Schenectady, NY

2018

january

Daniel:
A Medieval Masterpiece Revisited

The themes of justice and of truth spoken to power are once again front and center as the Jewish captive Daniel confronts the tyrannical Belshazzar. The magnificent musical play of Daniel, composed eight centuries ago in Beauvais, France, was newly transcribed from the original manuscript source and powerfully staged for modern audiences by Anne Azéma; it was premiered in Boston in 2014 to public and critical acclaim.
A translation of the play can be viewed here and downloaded here.
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7:30pm, Grace and Holy Trinity Church, Kansas City, MO


21
2:00pm, Rockefeller Chapel, Chicago, IL


april

Tristan & Iseult:
A Medieval Romance in Poetry and Music

Camerata’s most honored production of recent seasons was originally conceived as a recording project. At the request of Erato records, intense literary and musical research took place during winter and spring 1987. The recording sessions were held in September, 1987 at the Church of the Covenant, Boston.
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21
8:00pm, Pickman Concert Hall, Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Cambridge, MA
* show info


22
4:00pm, Pickman Concert Hall, Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Cambridge, MA
* show info



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