News and Recent Events
An international group of musicologists will convene at Boston College to discuss the sonic cultures of Early Modern Catholicism (c.1500–1750).
Scholars from nine different countries will demonstrate the unique insights that can be gained about Early Modern Catholicism from the study of music and sound.
Keynote addresses will be offered by John O’Malley, S.J. (Georgetown University), and Robert L. Kendrick (The University of Chicago).
The conference will also feature a round table (chaired by T. Frank Kennedy, S.J.) concerning the role of the Jesuits and their networks in the creation of Catholic soundscapes.
On April 7, Professor Noone conducted Ensemble Plus Ultra in a Pontifical Requiem Mass at Spain's primatial cathedral in Toledo, Spain. to commemorate the anniversary of the death of El Greco, which included Cristobal Morales' Misa da Réquiem. The music for the mass comes from a rare volume in the Burns Library by sixteenth-century composer Cristóbal de Morales (ca. 1500-1553). View photos from the event.
In the past year we've celebrated our 25th anniversary as a Department, performed together at Jordan Hall in a concert celebrating BC's susquecentennial, and congratulated alumni on their accomplishments as future scholars in top graduate programs in music and the humanities! Learn more about the past year!
Professor Michael Noone will perform April 7 at the Spanish Primatial Cathedral in Toledo, Spain, directing his professional Ensemble Plus Ultra in the Misa da Réquiem by Cristóbal de Morales. He was interviewed by the Spanish press about his research, upcoming performance, and importance of saving the cultural heritage of Spain. Read the entire interivew from La Tribuna de Toledo.
Ralf Gawlick's "Missa Gentis Humanae" was praised by the Boston Music Intelligencer after its world premiere on February 17, 2014. The Intelligencer remarked that the Trinity Choir and Julian Wachner "delivered a sensational world premiere," and hearing them in a world premiere felt like "a moment in history."
Professor Gawlick's work was praised for creating a "captivating collage of vertical and horizontal sonic effects," and in the end, "One was left with the impression of great richness of reference, bound together very lovingly." Read the entire Boston Music Intelligencer review.
Feb. 17, Professor Ralf Gawlick's Missa Gentis Humanae will receive its world premiere from the eight members of the Trinity Choir from Trinity Church, Wall St. under the baton of internationally renowned conductor Julian Wachner. The Boston Music Intelligencer interviewed Prof. Gawlick about his work and the performance. Read the Intelligencer article.
In the autumn of 2011, Boston College’s Burns Library acquired Cristóbal de Morales’s Missarum liber primus (1544). Two years later, Prof. Michael Noone's Ensemble Plus Ultra, came to the Burns Library to perform Morales’s music directly from his Missarum itself, just as it was originally sung in 16th-Century Toledo.
For some Boston College students, music isn’t just something they happen to be good at, or enjoy playing. It’s a means to make an impact on a child’s life.
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On Saturday, November 9, professor and department chair Michael Noone directed his Ensemble Plus Ultra in their first concert for the Boston Early Music Festival. Hailed by the Boston Globe for their "warm, luminous sound," the group performed at St. Paul's Church in Cambridge.
On Monday, September 30, ensemble-in-residence The Callithumpian Consort appeared in concert in Gasson Hall to a large audience.