Welcome to Night Song!

Every Sunday evening at First Church in Cambridge
11 Garden Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts

November through April at 7:00pm, with improvisations by jazz musicians

May through October at 8:30pm, unaccompanied


Night Song ensembles to perform in Boston Early Music Festival fringe concerts!

Tapestry with Shira Kammen, vielle and harp, and Viriditas, the Night Song Women's Schola

Anima: Visions of Hildegard's Ordo Virtutum
Anima is a new telling of Hildegard von Bingern's "Ordo Virtutum", weaving Hildegard Von Bingen's mystical chant with the modern day polyphony of Patricia Van Ness.

Wednesday, June 10, 12:30pm
The Church of the Advent
30 Brimmer Street (on Beacon Hill), Boston, MA
Map/directions

MBTA: Charles/MGH on the Red Line, Park Street on the Red or Green Lines, Arlington Street on the Green Line

Admission: $10 general admission, $5 student/senior
For further information: Call 617/312-8328


Beneficia Lucis, the Night Song Men's Schola

The schola will sing eight motets by Gesualdo, including three where part books were missing and that have been "recomposed" in amazing versions by Igor Stravinsky. Each will be preceded with Gregorian chant settings of the same text from the Liber Usualis and other sources. James Busby is the director.

Wednesday, June 10, 2:00pm
The Church of the Advent
30 Brimmer Street (on Beacon Hill), Boston, MA
Map/directions

MBTA: Charles/MGH on the Red Line, Park Street on the Red or Green Lines, Arlington Street on the Green Line

Admission: $10 general admission, $5 student/senior
For further information: Call 617/312-8328


Canticum vespertinum, a mixed octet, with Ben Schwendener on improvisational piano

Saturday, June 13, 10:30am
Church of St. John the Evangelist
35 Bowdoin Street, Boston, MA
Map/Directions

Admission: $10 general admission, $5 student/senior For further information: Call 617-312-8328

This compline choir from First Church in Cambridge will sing literature performed during the past season of Lent. One of the interesting features of compline (Night Song) at First Church is the improvised accompaniment to ancient and modern chant by jazz instrumentalists. This BEMF fringe concert includes that practice, featuring pianist Ben Schwendener, a leading authority on George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Design.

Program

Ad te levavi by Robert White

Invocabit me (from the Liber Usualis)
Aufer a nobis iniquitates nostras by Francisco Lopez Capillas
Angeli suis mandavit de te by Manuel Cardoso

Scapulis suis obumbrabit tibi (from the Liber Usualis)
Salvator mundi, salva nos by Thomas Tallis

Reminiscere miserationum tuarum (from the Liber Usualis)
Tanquam ad latronem by Tomas Luis de Victoria
Caligaverunt oculi mei by Victoria

Qui confidunt in Domino (from the Liber Usualis)
Versa est in luctum by Alonso Lobo

Intellige clamorem meum (from the Liber Usualis)
Come Help, O God by William Byrd
Ave verum corpus by Byrd



Picture Credit - Evan Ingersoll

The music is a unique fusion of contemplative instrumental jazz with ancient and modern chant, as well as sacred motets from the Renaissance, and is offered within the framework of the monastic office of compline. To some Night Song is experienced as a spiritual journey, letting their prayers and hopes rise with those of others as incense, the lifting up of hearts and hands as an evening sacrifice. Some simply receive a sense of comfort and strength. Others use the music to transport and transform, to escape for moments of peace and clarity.

While Christian in nature, Night Song is open to all. Simply take from it what meets your needs and what expresses your hopes and concerns for others.