We live in an amazing area for choral music: there are always concerts to attend, for all ages, and the variety and quality of the repertoire one can hear is really extraordinary. Below are a few upcoming concerts – and for those of you looking to join in the fun: rehearsals for Handel’s Messiah, which we are singing on December 10, are on Wednesdays, 7:30pm in the Chapel. Email for information.

Musica Sacra: Shade and Light: Musical Expressions of Grief and Joy Saturday, October 28 – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St. Cambridge, 02138

Cantata Singers presents Mozart, Haydn, and Zelenka Friday, November 3 – 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street Cantata Singers’ 54th season opens with Mozart’s Misericordias Domini, Haydn’s Symphony No. 80, and the United States premiere of the Missa Divi Xaverii by Czech Baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka. Reconstructed from a damaged manuscript three centuries after its premiere, Zelenka’s uplifting and optimistic Missa Divi Xaverii features some of his most expressive and lavish music.


Chorus pro Musica presents world premiere: In Childhood’s Thicket by Andy Vores Sunday, November 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Distler Hall, Tufts University, 20 Talbot Avenue Medford, 02155

Join us for a rare FREE concert! The centerpiece of this afternoon of new and adventurous music is a world premiere of In Childhood’s Thicket by Andy Vores. Composer Andy Vores weaves together poetry by local writer Frederick Choi with diverse nursery rhymes that feature odd situations, curious occurrences, and bad behavior, to explore of how the puzzlements of childhood can lead to finding a place and identity in the world. Rebirth of an American Classic Saturday, November 11 – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Church of the Holy Name, 1689 Centre Street West Roxbury MA $25 – $35

Join us for one of the most exciting concerts in our 42-year history, as Commonwealth Chorale presents the first major choral and orchestral work to be premiered in the U.S. by an American woman composer. At its premiere 125 years ago by the Handel & Haydn Society, Amy Beach’s majestic Grand Mass was enthusiastically received, but it has rarely been performed since 1892 because it lacked a legible full orchestral score – till now. Music scholar Matthew Phelps has created a critical edition of the full score and given Commonwealth Chorale the right of first performance in Boston. We are honored to team with the internationally-renowned New England Philharmonic to reintroduce the Greater Boston community to this important work and place it firmly in the classical choral repertoire. We encourage you to get your tickets early as this performance may sell out. Tickets can be purchase on line.                                                                                                                                  -Anne Watson Born