Join vocal ensemble Blue Heron for an evening of songs about Hope (Esperance), the allegorical character from the world of the Romance of the Rose who sustains a courtly lover through the thousand pains of lovesickness, enables him to perservere, and teaches him to find delight in his suffering. 

The program presents a complex of 14th-century songs which draw from each other's words and music, including En amer a douce vie, which is sung by Esperance in Machaut's Remede de Fortune; the anonymous song Esperance qui en mon cuer s'embat, which was one of the century's popular hits; and a trio of interrelated songs by Jacob de Senleches, Philippus de Caserta, and Johannes Galiot composed in the hypnotic late medieval style dubbed the Ars subtilior or "more subtle art" and transmitted by the celebrated Chantilly Codex. These will be Blue Heron's final performances in the Boston area until the Fall.

Martin Near, voice
Owen McIntosh, voice
Jason McStoots, voice
Debra Nagy, voice, recorder, douçaine
Charles Weaver, lute
Scott Metcalfe, harp & vielle

Friday, April 29 at 8 PM
Church of the Good Shepherd
9 Russell Avenue, Watertown, MA 02472

Saturday, April 30 at 8 PM
Congregational Church of Weston
130 Newton Street, Weston, MA 02493

Sunday, May 1 at 4 PM
Old South Church (Mary Norton Room)
645 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116

Proceeds from the April 29 concert in Watertown will benefit the Church of the Good Shepherd, Blue Heron's longtime rehearsal venue, and the Watertown Family Network.

Click here for more details and to get tickets.

Church of the Good Shepherd 9 Russell Avenue, Watertown, MA 02472

Songs About Hope: Esperance & Amors in 14th-century songs by Machaut, Senleches & others

When
Friday, April 29 at 8pm
Where
Church of the Good Shepherd
9 Russell Avenue, Watertown, MA 02472

Join vocal ensemble Blue Heron for an evening of songs about Hope (Esperance), the allegorical character from the world of the Romance of the Rose who sustains a courtly lover through the thousand pains of lovesickness, enables him to perservere, and teaches him to find delight in his suffering. 

The program presents a complex of 14th-century songs which draw from each other's words and music, including En amer a douce vie, which is sung by Esperance in Machaut's Remede de Fortune; the anonymous song Esperance qui en mon cuer s'embat, which was one of the century's popular hits; and a trio of interrelated songs by Jacob de Senleches, Philippus de Caserta, and Johannes Galiot composed in the hypnotic late medieval style dubbed the Ars subtilior or "more subtle art" and transmitted by the celebrated Chantilly Codex. These will be Blue Heron's final performances in the Boston area until the Fall.

Martin Near, voice
Owen McIntosh, voice
Jason McStoots, voice
Debra Nagy, voice, recorder, douçaine
Charles Weaver, lute
Scott Metcalfe, harp & vielle

Friday, April 29 at 8 PM
Church of the Good Shepherd
9 Russell Avenue, Watertown, MA 02472

Saturday, April 30 at 8 PM
Congregational Church of Weston
130 Newton Street, Weston, MA 02493

Sunday, May 1 at 4 PM
Old South Church (Mary Norton Room)
645 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116

Proceeds from the April 29 concert in Watertown will benefit the Church of the Good Shepherd, Blue Heron's longtime rehearsal venue, and the Watertown Family Network.

Click here for more details and to get tickets.

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