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Music Dept., ILA Team Up for Concert Series

The Blue Heron Renaissance Choir, which performs Oct. 10, is among the artists-in-residence featured at campus concerts this month.

By Rosanne Pellegrini | Chronicle Staff

Published: Oct. 4, 2012

A series of campus concerts this month feature an array of musical periods and genres presented by distinguished artists-in-residence.

The Blue Heron Renaissance Choir returns on Oct. 10 to perform newly reconstructed music from pre-Reformation England. The Skalholt Quartet, led by noted Dutch violinist Jaap Schroder, will present masterworks of classical chamber music on Oct. 13, and on October 22, pianist Stephen Drury will lead the contemporary Callithumpian Consort. All concerts, co-sponsored by the Music Department and the Institute for the Liberal Arts, will take place at 8 p.m. in Gasson 100.

“While Scott Metcalfe and the members of his Blue Heron ensemble bring us first North American performances of newly-edited works from the first decades of 16th-century England, the Callithumpian Consort bring a very different engagement with the world of music,” says Music Department Chairman and Professor Michael Noone. “Founded in the 1980s by pianist and conductor Stephen Drury, the Callithumpian Consort performs cutting-edge contemporary music. If the music Blue Heron brings to BC reminds us of a winter’s evening in the hot tub, the provocative and challenging repertory of the Callithumpians is more like a romp in the snow.”

Directed by Metcalfe, the Blue Heron ensemble will present Nicholas Ludford’s “Missa Inclina cor meum,” and the North American premiere of music from the Peterhouse Partbooks (c. 1540), the largest and most significant existing source of pre-Reformation English sacred music.

For centuries this repertoire has been unsung and unheard, according to organizers, and the ensemble has been involved with the repertoire since its founding in 1999. The concert will be preceded by a lecture at 6 p.m., also in Gasson 100.

Under violinist Schroder, a leader in the movement to perform early music in a style authentic to the period, Iceland’s Skalholt Quartet will present three works from the height of the Classical period: quartets by Haydn, Boccherini and Mozart, whose “Clarinet Quintet” will feature Owen Watkins on a period clarinet.

In addition to presenting concerts, the Callithumpian Consort — which is in residence this academic year — will conduct workshops and rehearsals for music students and perform with them in a Dec. 10 concert, comprising works by John Cage, Tristan Murail, Christian Wolff, Earle Brown and Morton Feldman.

For more details on these and other Music Department concerts see /music.