Beth Willer, conductor and alto
Sopranos: Sarah Brailey, Margot Rood, Sonja Tengblad
Mezzo-soprano: Sophie Michaux, Christina English, Clare McNamara
Alto: Stephanie Kacoyanis, Emily Marvosh
Heralded for its “impeccable musicality” (Boston Globe) and unfailing display of the “elegance, power, grace, and beauty of the human voice” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble is quickly becoming recognized as a source of some of the most innovative and inventive programming in Boston and beyond. Lorelei is an all-professional vocal ensemble, comprising nine women whose expertise ranges from early to contemporary repertoire, and whose independent careers as soloists and ensemble singers across the globe lend to the rich and diverse vocal palate that defines the ensemble’s consistent delivery of “exact, smooth, and stylish” programming (Boston Globe).
Committed to the expansion of the repertoire for women’s voices, Lorelei has commissioned and premiered more than fifty new works since its founding in 2007, and continues to expose and reinvent early works of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque repertoires. In 2017, Lorelei will perform the U.S. premiere of George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song at Boston Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Launching “Lorelei on the Rocks” in 2014, a fringe chamber series in a local art gallery, Lorelei connected performers and audiences through the creation of an intimate “salon” experience.
In addition to its annual Boston concert season, Lorelei regularly performs on concert series throughout New England and the United States, and enjoys residencies at various academic institutions. Under the direction of founder and Artistic Director Beth Willer, Lorelei has established a remarkable and inspiring artistic vision. Receiving Chorus America’s 2014 Louis Botto Award for “Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal,” and Boston University’s Kahn Career Entry Award, Willer continues to expand Lorelei’s current work, creating relevant and invigorating programming. Lorelei is currently in residence at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel.
IDEM ATO: Portum in ultimo
DUFAY: Rite majorem Jacobum canamus Artibus summis simeri reclusi
Torino Manuscript: Pou ce que point fu de la amere espine/A toi vierge me represente
DUFAY: O proles Hispaniae/O sidus Hispaniae
D. LANG: I live in pain
P. GILBERT: Tsukimi (commissioned by Lorelei, 2013)
W. BILLINGS: Africa
D. MAIBEN: Vermont
J. SHANK: Saro (commissioned by Lorelei, 2014)
J. BORNFIELD: Reconstructed (Wrath & Brother, Sister, Mourner)
(commissioned by Lorelei, 2014)
A.J. SIMON: Inman
BORNFIELD: Reconstructed (Salvation)
Enjoy a gourmet dinner overlooking the Atlantic while engaging in conversations with others attending the concert and learn more about the evening’s program. Artistic Director David Deveau and a guest artist will lead the discussion. Tickets: $35
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