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John W. Ehrlich

John W. Ehrlich
Music Director

On behalf of the Spectrum Singers, I’d like to welcome you to our Web site and invite you to learn more about one of Boston’s most adventurous choral groups. The Spectrum Singers perform choral music from the pre-Renaissance through the 20th century, emphasizing seldom-heard works by master composers. We encourage you to attend one of our upcoming concerts or to join our mailing list. And if you’re looking for a group to sing with, please consider auditioning for us.

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The Spectrum Singers is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Member of The Greater Boston Choral Consortium, a cooperative association of diverse choral groups in Boston and the surrounding areas.

The Spectrum Singers
The Spectrum Singers

Thirty-Fourth Season: 2013 - 2014

2015 – 2016


Praises and Prayers

November 21, 2015 8 PM
First Church Congregational Cambridge, 11 Garden St.

November 22, 2015 3 PM
Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church St.

New England premiere of

Different Ways to Pray
by Mohammed Fairouz
Lukas Foss: Behold I Build an House
Charles Ives: Psalm 90 and Sixty-Seventh Psalm
Eric Whitacre: Lux Aurumque
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge

Donald Wilkinson, bass-baritone
Paul Perfetti, trumpet; Heinrich Christensen, organ
bells and gongs:
Dennis Sullivan, Desirée Glazier-Nazro, Brian O'Neill
and handbells of Christ Church Cambridge

Program Notes

January 29 and 30, 2016
The Spectrum Singers collaborate with
the Concord (MA) Orchestra, Richard Pittman, Conductor

Joyce Mekeel's Toward the Source...
(Concord, Massachusetts 1635-1775)

Full program details at Concord Orchestra's web site

For a limited time, Spectrum Singers subscribers
may claim free tickets for either performance
(one ticket per subscription)

March 19, 2016
Handelfest! – Brilliant Anthems and Choruses

Dixit Dominus
Coronation Anthem Zadok the Priest
From the Censer Curling Rise from Solomon
Gloria in B-flat Major for solo soprano and strings

Jessica Cooper, soprano
Thea Lobo, alto
Thomas A. Best, tenor
Sumner Thompson, bass
Full orchestra of Baroque instruments.

The Spectrum Singers are extremely grateful to our soprano soloist Jessica Cooper, who on very short notice has agreed to sing this concert with us. Ms. Cooper replaces Teresa Wakim, who has had to withdraw due to illness.

Program Notes

May 21, 2016
Contemplations and Consolations

Requiem of Alfred Descenclos

works of some the composers Desenclos was influenced by. . .  

Gabriel Fauré:
Cantique de Jean Racine, op. 11

Maurice Duruflé:
Quartre Motets sur des Themès Gregoriens

Olivier Messiaen: O Sacrum Convivium!

with Justin Thomas Blackwell, guest organist

Program Notes

All subscription series concerts
at First Church Congregational
11 Garden Street, Cambridge, near Harvard Square.

All subscription series concerts
include pre-concert lectures at 7:00 PM
by renowned musicologist Steven Ledbetter.

Join The Spectrum Singers for their 35th season!

Order early for the best seats!

Hear music you may know, and some you may not. The Spectrum Singers and Music Director John W. Ehrlich promise you a rich, varied and enlightening experience.


The Spectrum Singers are looking for a few good ushers to help out at our concerts. You'll get to hear this great choral music for free—and we'll give you an extra ticket to share with a friend. If you'd like to volunteer, please e-mail info@spectrumsingers or call the Spectrum office phone, 617/492-8902.

The Spectrum Singers
The Spectrum Singers

P.O. Box 382325
Cambridge MA, 02238-2325

Recent Performances

Singet dem Herrn ein Neues Lied, J.S. Bach

 Samuel Barber

Chichester Psalms,
 Leonard Bernstein

The Mask,
 William Bolcom

Ein deutsches Requiem, op. 45; Liebeslieder Waltzer,
 Johannes Brahms

Cantata Misericordium,
 Benjamin Britten

Romancero Gitano, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Messe de Minuit pour Noel, Marc-Antoine Charpentier

In the Beginning,
 Aaron Copland

 Maurice Duruflé

Six Marian Motets,
 Frank Ferko

The Hour Glass,
 Irving Fine

Magnificat; In Terra Pax, Gerald Finzi

 Franz Josef Haydn

Apparebit Repentina Dies, Paul Hindemith

Psalm 90, Charles Ives

Mass for Double Chorus A Cappella, Frank Martin

Vesperae Solennes de Dominica, KV 321; Requiem, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Selections from Sept Chansons,
 Francis Poulenc

Dido & Aeneas; Anthem Verses, Henry Purcell

Laud to the Nativity,
 Ottorino Respighi

Musicalische Exequien; Motets
 Heinrich Schütz

Friede auf Erden,
 Arnold Schönberg

Mirjams Siegesgesang,
 Franz Schubert

Songs of the Newfoundland Outports,
 Harry Somers

Symphony of Psalms,
 Igor Stravinsky

Three Shakespeare Songs,
Ralph Vaughan Williams

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