Upcoming Concerts

The Seraphim Singers kicks off its 2017-2018 Season with a concert in commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation:

The Reformation at 500: From Luther to Duruflé
Saturday, November 4, 2017

7:15 pm Panel discussion, 8 pm Concert
Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, 28 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA

Choral works from the Reformation and Counter-Reformation will be woven together in a soundscape with the assistance of Peter Krasinski, organ improvisateur. The concert will conclude with Duruflé’s Requiem, offered in remembrance of all who have died as a result of religious conflict. A pre-concert panel will precede the concert at 7:15pm. With orchestra and Heinrich Christensen, organ.
This concert is supported by a Major Grant from the Boston College Institute for the Liberal Arts and admission is free, but you can reserve a ticket here.

Program:
Pre-Reformation:
Josquin, Ave Maria (Virgo serena)

Lutherans and Calvinists
Goudimel, Ps 118 (Rendez a Dieu)
Sweelinck, Ps 134 (Or sus, serviteurs)
Schütz, So fahr ich hin

Counter-Reformation
Palestrina, Exsultate Deo
Lassus, Timor et tremor

English Reformation
Byrd, Teach me, O Lord
Tallis, With all our heart (Salvator mundi, contrafactum)

Bach, Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden
3 German chorales (hymns) TBA
Durufle, Requiem

Our 2017-18 season continues in the spring with the celebration of The Seraphim Singers’ 20th anniversary featuring a selection of favorites and past commissions, plus a new work by Christina Whitten Thomas commissioned by Seraphim.

Commissions old and new
Friday, February 9, 2018, 8pm

St Cecilia, 18 Belvidere Street, Boston, MA

Sunday, February 11, 2018,  3pm
First Church Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

The world premiere of The Deceiver, by Christina Whitten Thomas with an original text by Marian Partee on Jacob wrestling with the Angel; plus, encore performances of two of Seraphim’s previous commissions from Eliot Gyger and Julian Wachner. With motets by Hassler, Schütz, Brahms, and Bruckner. With Heinrich Christensen, organ; Susan Hagen, double bass; and Tim Macri, flute.

From the old world to the new
Sunday, April 22, 2018 3pm

Eliot Church, 474 Centre St, Newton, MA

Sunday, April 29, 2018 3pm 
First Church Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

Rheinberger’s sumptuous Mass for double choir forms the centerpiece of this program, along with English works from Byrd to Stanford. Encores of past commissioned works from Richard Clark and Eric Sawyer, along with Avner Dorman’s The 70 Names of Jerusalem, draw the Seraphim Singers’ 20th anniversary season to a close.

Subscriptions and tickets will go on sale on August 15.

To read reviews of our 2016-2017 season, visit our press page.

As we embark on the observance of this milestone, we seek your help in order to enter our third decade on a strong financial footing. This will ensure our future as an outstanding choral ensemble in Boston that draws out the connections between the old and the new, the aesthetic and the spiritual. This has been our hallmark identity, delivered in nuanced performances of music both surprising and familiar, but always challenging and rewarding, over the past 19 years.

At times the world and our lives can be in a state of cacophony. Together, over the din, let us employ the power and magic of music to provide clarity and harmony, to sooth and inspire the human spirit, and to lend hope for the days to come.

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