Concert Series

Compline COBBrink Bush, International Concert Organist

Friday, September 30, 2016 | 8:00 p.m. Admission is FREE | Donations gratefully accepted

Brink Bush is one of the leading interpreters of German Romantic organ music in the world today. He has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe and made his German debut at the Berliner Dom. He was featured on American Public Media’s Pipedreams in a program titled Bach, Bush and Middelschulte. His New York debut was heard at Trinity Church Wall Street during the Virgil Fox Legacy Twenty-fifth Anniversary Concert Weekend. He will be performing works by Bach, Tournemire, Middelschulte, Reger, Saint-Saëns, Pierné, and Saint Martin.

Compline COB Saint Cecilia Day Celebration Requiem (1985), John Rutter Saint Cecilia Choir & Orchestra

Friday, November 18, 2016 | 8:00 p.m. Admission is free | Donations gratefully accepted

Richard J. Clark, Director Allesandra Cionco-Dahlberg, soprano Also featuring Richard Kelley, trumpet Works by Hovhaness, Clark, Bach, and Telemann Download the concert poster here. The Saint Cecilia Choir has been featured on the radio program Sounds from the Spires hosted by Dr. Jennifer Pascual, Music Director of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. They have also appeared on WCRB radio in performances of Gregorian Chant.

Compline COB Copley Singers Christmas Concert Brian Jones, Director

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. $20 Admission |$10 for students and seniors | Children are free

Founded in 2006, the Copley Singers work is informed by their great love of choral singing and their belief in its communicative power. The group performs regularly throughout the Northeast. They were invited to sing at Ground Zero in NYC for the tenth anniversary commemorations of the 9/11 attacks. In 2013 they joined with the Holy Cross Cathedral Choir in Boston, singing in the presence of many dignitaries including President Obama and the First Lady, for the Boston Interfaith Service on April 18th, 2013.

SeraphimSingersCoverThe Seraphim Singers "Visions of War, Peace, and Paradise"

Friday, February 10, 2017 | 8:00 p.m. $20 Adults, $15 Students, Seniors | Tickets are available at the door and online.

The Seraphim Singers, Jennifer Lester, Director Texts by Thomas Merton, William Blake, and George Herbert are set by composers Hilary Tann, Calvin Hampton, Carlyle Sharpe, McNeil Robinson, and others, leading us from visions of destruction toward the “new heaven and new earth” promised in the Book of Revelation. Boston Musical Intelligencer:
“Ingenious programming by Jennifer Lester…” “Anyone who cares about these genres owes it to him/herself to hear this gifted ensemble whenever possible.” “Technically, the ensemble was in fine form, performing incredibly challenging choral repertoire with a high degree of finesse.”


Compline COB Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Presents: Faythe Freese, International Concert Organist

Friday, February 17, 2017 | 8:00 p.m. Admission is free | Donations gratefully accepted

Dr. Faythe Freese, Professor of Organ at the University of Alabama School of Music, is in demand as a recitalist throughout the United States, Germany, Denmark, South Korea and Singapore. Her performances have been hailed as “powerful …masterful… impressive … brilliant.” Dr. Freese is the first American woman to have recorded at L’Eglise de la Sainte-Trinité, Paris on the landmark instrument where Guilmant, Messiaen and Hakim were titular organists. Her fourth compact disc entitled, Faythe Freese à l’Orgue de l’Eglise de la Sainte Trinité, has received critical acclaim in The Diapason, The American Organist and Tracker Magazine. Her fifth compact disc, recorded at Magdeburg Cathedral, Germany, entitled The Freese Collection is her most recent release.

Compline COBSaint Thomas School Choir, New York Daniel Hyde, Director

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. Admission is free | Donations gratefully accepted

In a recent article about the choir school in the New York Times, Corrina da Fonseca-Wollheim wrote:
On a recent Tuesday morning, the British conductor Daniel Hyde led a group of choristers from the St. Thomas Choir School in Midtown Manhattan through a vocal warm-up of scales and liturgical parts sung in nonsense syllables. The boys, who ranged in age from 7 to 13, are part of the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys: the only such ensemble in the United States that has its own boarding school — much like Westminster Abbey in London — to link high musical standards to the preservation of a centuries-old tradition of Anglican liturgy. In residence at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, the choristers typically sing upward of 20 hours a week, participating in services, weekday evensong and concerts. Dylan Cranston, a 13-year-old from Connecticut who will graduate at the end of this year, counts among the highlights of his time at St. Thomas a recent concert, a tribute to John Scott, in which he sang under the baton of Simon Rattle. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he said.


Compline COB Peter Krasinski, organ Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925 Silent film) Silent Masterpiece accompanied by Pipe Organ Improvisation

Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. Tickets available online here or at the door. Admission $15 Adults, $10 Seniors, Students with ID, V.I.P Seating: $25 $30 unlimited family pass

Peter Krasinski is a conductor, organist, and music educator who consistently delivers imaginative performances that elevate and inform diverse audiences. He is the First Prize winner of the 2002 American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation. His performances of Bach have been hailed in the press as "sublimely spiritual" and his improvisations have been called "stunning" and "seamless."
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Jeune Choeur d’Ile de France (Youth Choir of Greater Paris)

Francis Bardot , Director

Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. Admission is free | Donations gratefully accepted