Upcoming Concerts

Simon Carrington Directs "Devotion and Ceremony Across the Channel"Channel Natural Bridge

Saturday, October 24th at 8 pm, First Lutheran Church in Boston

Tickets at door or at EventBrite: $35 premium/$25 general/$15 students and seniors

The program for this concert combines Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Litanies de la Vierge, H. 83 and Te Deum, H. 146, both for soloists, chorus and instruments with the striking Three Devotions for choir and organ by modern British composer Francis Grier -- like Simon Carrington, a former member of King's College, Cambridge -- and a suite from the Livre d'Orgue by Charpentier contemporary Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers (1632-1714), played by the celebrated organist of First Lutheran Church, Bálint Karosi.

Canto Armonico in Previous Concerts

July 11, 2015 (Cheryl Ryder, director)
Celestial Harmonies, Divine Inspiration: Music for the Tudors (presented by the Cape Cod Early Music Festival)
St. Mary's Church, Barnstable
Program Notes
Thomas Tallis: If Ye Love Me, Honor Virtus et Potestas, Miserere Nostri, Salvator Mundi
John Sheppard: Libera Nos, Sancte Dei Pretiose, Gaude Maria
William Byrd: O Lord, Make Thy Servant Elizabeth, Laudate Pueri Dominum, Christe Qui Lux es et Dies, Miserere Mihi Domine, Infelix Ego

June 13, 2015 (Ulf Wellner, director)
Festive Vespers for Trinity from Lübeck's Marienkirches, ca. 1660
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Program Notes
Invocamus Te, Florilegium Portense
Franz Tunder/Giovanni Rovetta: Salve mi Jesu
Giovanni Rovetta: Laudate Dominum Quinto Tuono, Magnificat
Alessandro Grandi: Nisi Dominus
Franz Tunder: Präludium in F, Komm Heiliger Geist
This program was conceived by Professor Kerala Snyder.

March 7, 2015 (Debra Lenssen, director)
A Pilgrim’s Journey: The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Program Notes
Distler: selections from Mörike-Chorliederbuch
Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains
William Byrd: Ye Sacred Muses, Fantasia a 4, Ne Irascaris Domine, Infelix Ego
This program was dedicated to the memory of Owen Jander, indefatigable proponent of early music at Wellesley College, who passed away at the end of January 2015. Singer, choral director, dynamic and demanding teacher, Owen was also a visionary. His legacy lives on in the novel Fisk organ at Wellesley, built in the 17th-century style, and in the impressive number of viola da gamba players who were beneficiaries of the free lessons he arranged at the college.

December 21, 2014 (Cheryl Ryder, director)
Christmas Vespers at First Lutheran
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Hieronymus Praetorius: Magnificat V. Toni
John Sheppard: Verbum Caro Factus Est

August 16, 2014 (Cheryl Ryder, director)
Vespers for the Feast of the Assumption
St. Mary’s Church, Barnstable
John Sheppard: Gaude, Gaude, Gaude Maria
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Assumpta es Maria
Josquin des Pres: Ave Maria, Virgo Serena

June 25-26, 2014 (Ulf Wellner, director)
A Praetorius Organvespers for the Feast of Pentecost
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Two sold-out performances for the national biennial convention of the American Guild of Organists
Program Notes
Hieronymus Praetorius: Herr Gott, dich loben wir
Michael Praetorius: Komm, heiliger Geist; Der heilig Geist vom Himmel kam; Benedicamus Domino, Christus scandens in coelum
Heinrich Schütz: Herr, wie gross sind deiner Werk

December 20, 2013 (Simon Carrington, director)
Imperial Splendor at Salzburg Cathedral
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Program Notes
Ruprecht Ignaz Mayr: Domine ad adjuvandum me; Sancta Maria, mater Dei
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Vesperae Longiores ac breviores; Sonata II in A
Giovanni Legrenzi: Alma redemptoris Mater
Leopold I: Ave Maris stella
Georg Muffat: Toccata prima in d; Toccata secunda in g

June 15, 2013 (Ulf Wellner, director)
A North German Organvespers for the Feast of St. John the Baptist
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Program Notes
Hieronymus Praetorius: Puer qui natus est
Michael Praetorius: Aeterna gratias tibi; Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam
Heinrich Schütz: Herr, mein Gott, wenn ich ruf zu dir
Buxtehude: Laudate pueri; Magnificat primi toni
Senfl: Laudate dominum

November 10, 2012
Songs of Farewell, Messages to Myself
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Program Notes
Charles Hubert Hastings Parry: Songs of Farewell
William Byrd: Miserere mihi, Domine
Christopher Theofanidis: Messages to Myself
William Byrd: Laudibus in Sanctis

April 16, 2012 (Philip Cave, director)
Easter Music, ca. 1600, for Courts and Free Cities
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Program Notes
Philippe Rogier: Missa Domine, Dominus Noster
Philippe Rogier: Regina Caeli
William Byrd: Easter propers from the Gradualia
Hieronymus Praetorius: Tulerunt Dominum and Jubilate Deo

October 22, 2011 (Cheryl Ryder, director with Balint Karosi, organ)
A Liszt Bicentennial
St. Cecilia's Church, Boston
Franz Liszt: Ave Maria, Tantum Ergo, O heilige Nacht
Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus

June 18, 2011
A Praetorius Organvespers for Pentecost
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Hieronymus Praetorius: Dixit Dominus
Michael Praetorius: Komm, heiliger Geist
Heinrich Schütz: Herr, wie gross sind deiner Werk
Hieronymus Praetorius: Te Deum
Jacob Handl: Emitte Spiritum

October 24, 2010
Magnificat, the Song of Mary
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Program Notes
William Cornysh: Magnificat (Caius Choirbook)
Philippe Rogier: Sancta Maria, succurre miseris
Bálint Karosi: Ne Timeas, Maria
Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach: Magnificat (1749)

November 19, 2006
There is Sweet Music
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Thomas Tallis: Honor, Virtus et Potestas
William Cornysh: Ave Maria, Mater Dei (Eton Choirbook)
William Cornysh: Salve Regina (Eton Choirbook)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Three Shakespeare Songs
Charles Villiers Stanford: The Blue Bird
Edward Elgar: Four Unaccompanied Partsongs, op. 53

December 16, 2005
O Admirabile Commercium
First Lutheran Church, Boston
Jakob Handl: O Admirabile Commercium
Frank Martin: Messe für zweivierstimmige Chör
Thomas Stoltzer: A Solis Ortus Cardine
Samuel Scheidt: Christum wir sollen loben schon
Max Reger: Unser lieben Frauen Traum
Johann Pachelbel: Magnificat
Hans Leo Hassler: O Admirabile Commercium
Giovanni Bassano: Hodie Christus Natus est

May 30, 2003
Faire is the Heaven: Music of the Anglican Revival
Church of the Advent, Boston
Herbert Howells: Behold o God, Our Defender
Lennox Berkeley: The Lord is my Shepherd
William H. Harris: Faire is the Heaven
Gerald Finzi: Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice
William H. Harris: Bring Us, O Lord
Herbert Howells: Requiem