Press & Media
November 11, 2009
Before, Brahms, and Beyond reviewed
The Boston Music Intelligencer's Steven Ledbetter has written a lovely review of Musica Sacra's 50th anniversary performance of November 8. "[T]he singers shaped their lines with superb attention to the composer's demands with regard to swelling crescendos and diminuendos, which can look finicky on the page, but which bring the phrases vividly to life when presented as naturally as they were here."
November 6, 2009
Mary Beekman interviewed in The Boston Globe
Musica Sacra director Mary Beekman was interviewed by the Globe in recognition of her 30th season with Musica Sacra, which commences November 8 at Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music.
June 2, 2009
Review in The Boston Globe
Musica Sacra's May 30th concert, "In Music is Such Art: Choral Music with Texts from Shakespeare," received a wonderful review in the June 2 edition of The Boston Globe.
"Music director Mary Beekman and her 26 skilled singers are a splendid ensemble, true in pitch in a cappella music, nicely blended and impressively accurate in difficult passages and subtle dissonances. The sopranos (all women) make as beautiful a boy-soprano sound as can be heard this side of King's College, Cambridge." — David Perkins
January 12, 2008
Mary Beekman on Public Radio's Weekend America
Mary Beekman was a featured guest on Weekend America on January 12. Visit the American Public Media Web site for full details.
Musica Sacra Welcomes New Executive Director, Anne Riesenfeld
We are thrilled and honored to welcome our new Executive Director, Anne Riesenfeld. Ms. Riesenfeld, a professional singer who has performed with Boston Baroque, among other groups, was previously the Executive Director of The New School of Music. Effective September 2005, she will oversee Musica Sacra's administrative and fundraising activities. Look for Anne at our concerts and e-mail her at email@example.com.
Musica Sacra is on iTunes!
After many weeks of waiting, Musica Sacra is officially available on iTunes! Both of our CD recordings, Love, Lust, and Laudations: Flemish Choral Music of the High Renaissance and Welcome Yule!, are available as digital downloads. CDBaby, our digital distributor, has made our music available online through other outlets as well.
Musica Sacra Patron Pens Sonnet Following Performance
Rand Peabody, a faithful and thoughtful Musica Sacra supporter, penned a sonnet while attending our performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's Motets on March 15, 2003. With his blessing, here is the lovely poem he wrote while listening to Bach's Komm, Jesu, komm and Singet dem Herrn.
- So let the ecstasy arise anew,
- Dislodge us from too long-accustomed place
- And lift us on its wings, our souls imbue
- With glowing artistries of time and space.
- Let flows of colors blend in rainbowed hue
- And webs of meaning chaos' etchings trace.
- Yea, bring us to the gate, nay, bring us through!
- Lest we should languish longer, lacking grace.
- Thus make us members of the raptured crew
- And fold us into cosmic love's embrace.
- Like mothers heed the cries of those born new,
- Come! Brighten night and greet us face-to-face.
- Exert your strength and bear us forth today.
- For otherwise we surely die away.
We offer our heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Peabody for sharing his work with us.