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John W. Ehrlich

John W. Ehrlich
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John W. Ehrlich, Music Director


May 21, 2016

Contemplations and Consolations

Desenclos Requiem

Come hear the transcendentally beautiful Requiem by Alfred Desenclos (1917-1971), which follows the French musical style of Saint-Saëns and Duruflé and is almost unknown!

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
include pre-concert lectures at 7 PM by noted
musicologist and raconteur Steven Ledbetter.

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

The church is wheel-chair accessible.

Free parking for subscribers!

Join The Spectrum Singers in their 36th Season!

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.

Recent reviews of our performances!

Sudeep Agarwala reports an "unimpeachable performance" on The Spectrum Singers "Rutter Requiem / Britten Birth Centenary" program in The Boston Music Intelligencer

Read Geoffrey Wieting's take on The Spectrum Singers concert
"Un Rapport Français" at The Boston Music Intelligencer

Learn about pieces performed in our 2014-2015 season!

Program Notes for our November 22nd Performance:
"Faith Joyously Affirmed!–a Holiday Prelude:
Music of Chanukah, Christmas and Kwantzaa"

Program Notes for our March 7th Performance:
"Mozart Requiem and Ave Verum Corpus"

Program Notes for our May 17th Performance:
"What Is This Thing Called Love"

Learn about pieces performed in our 2013-2014 season!

Program Notes for our November 23rd Performance:
"Off the Beaten Path: Latvia, Hungary & Czech Republic"

Program Notes for our March 15th Performance:
"Rutter Requiem / Britten Birth Centenary"

Program Notes for our May 17th Performance:
"Gilbert & Sullivan's Trial by Jury and excerpts from The Mikado"

Learn about pieces performed in our 2012-2013 season!

Program Notes for our November 17th Performance:
"Buon Natale: An Italian Christmas Prelude"

Program Notes for our March 23rd Performance:
"Fiesta Latina!"

Program Notes for our May 18th Performance:
"Un Rapport Français"



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.

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

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"...their delivery radiated the wide and seemingly contradictory emotional range contained in these works–passionate reverence, plaintive joy, aching peace–with stunning power and sensitivity... seemed to stretch space and slow time, so that at the end of every piece, though only minutes had passed, one had experienced a lifetime of expressions... in all cases, the melodic lines were creatively ornamented in the best Baroque tradition, hardly surprising from an ensemble that is so clearly comfortable in any century.

—Tom Schnauber,   
Boston Musical   

"A particular pleasure... chorus sang... with vigor and joy... admirable... graciously... give-and-take of the frequent imitative counterpoint... dramatic and forceful on the one hand... singing with caressing tenderness and melting beauty... crisp articulation... expressive... within a quite narrow dynamic range of pianissimo to mezzo piano. "

—Geoffrey Wieting,   
Boston Musical   

"Compelling... unfailingly dramatic performances that grappled with real issues in the music and real issues the music is about."

—Richard Dyer,   
Boston Globe   

"One would be hard-pressed to find an amateur choral group in New England with a more adventurous spirit, higher musical standard and sense of serious purpose than John Ehrlich's Spectrum Singers... We marveled at Spectrum's resilience, pride and serious chops."

—Stephen Marc   
Bay Windows 

"Rare beauty, full of dynamic nuances and distinguished by impeccable intonation."

—Howard Schott,   
Early Music News   

"The Spectrum singers brought... focused intensity to the soldiers and peasants they portrayed. They had a whole range of character to themselves, and they conveyed it perfectly."

—David Weininger,   
Boston Phoenix   

"Ehrlich and company offered a deeply felt performance... The chorus, which has made a specialty of singing without accompaniment, knows how to blend into a harmonious entity. The sweetness of tone was particularly evident in some of the quiet passages. When called upon, too, Ehrlich and his ensemble could produce hair-raising tumult."

—Ellen Pfeifer,   
Boston Globe   

"The singers sounded secure in even the most demanding passages."

—Richard Dyer,   
Boston Globe   

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