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    Cappella Clausura

    12 Jenison St
    PO Box 600100
    Newtonville , MA 02460
    617-993-0013

    Website: clausura.org


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    CAPPELLA CLAUSURA is one of this country's leading ensembles focusing on the research and performance of music by women composers. Now celebrating its tenth year under the inspired leadership of founder Amelia LeClair, the professional SATB vocal ensemble presents engaging performances of "twelve centuries of new music"--from the middle ages to yesterday's fresh ink--sung a cappella, with continuo or with chamber orchestra...

    CAPPELLA CLAUSURA is one of this country's leading ensembles focusing on the research and performance of music by women composers. Now celebrating its tenth year under the inspired leadership of founder Amelia LeClair, the professional SATB vocal ensemble presents engaging performances of "twelve centuries of new music"--from the middle ages to yesterday's fresh ink--sung a cappella, with continuo or with chamber orchestra as called for by the repertoire. Program highlights have included history's first opera, by the Medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen; major choral works with orchestra by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, and Marianna von Martines ("the female Mozart"); and revelatory performances of works by Vittoria Aleotti, Isabella Leonarda, Barbara Strozzi, Rebecca Clarke, Patricia Van Ness, and Hilary Tann, among many others. The group's name refers to its original focus on music by 15th-16th century cloistered nuns (said to be "in clausura"). But now, that name is retained as a metaphor, reminding us of our mission to "unveil" music by women composers throughout history and bring it into the public sphere. In 2014, CAPPELLA CLAUSURA released its first commercial recording: the world premiere of the complete Madrigals of Renaissance prodigy Vittoria Aleotti. The ensemble has expanded its presentation of music by women to include music by their colleagues and influences. This year, alongside the music of Chiara Cozzolani, Raffaella Aleotti, Hilary Tann and Hildegard of Bingen,  the ensemble performs works of Dietrich Buxtehude,Tomas Luis de Victoria, Giovanni da Palestrina, Arvo Pärt, and Eric Whitacre.


     

     

    Upcoming Events

    Beautiful as a Dove (Boston)

    Presented by Cappella Clausura at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    March 14, 2015

    Beautiful as a Dove (Newton)

    Presented by Cappella Clausura at Eliot Church of Newton

    March 15, 2015

    Media Reviews


    • Event Name: Soundings: Sit Inside the Chant
      Article: Cappella Clausura gets up close and personal with chant
      Boston Globe - Feb 03, 2015
      By Jeffrey Gantz

      Regardless of whether you call it plainsong or Gregorian chant, the monophonic mode of sung prayer that goes back almost two millennia is usually heard in a big, reverberant acoustic, the singers seeming to echo down the centuries. So Cappella Clausu… Expand

      Regardless of whether you call it plainsong or Gregorian chant, the monophonic mode of sung prayer that goes back almost two millennia is usually heard in a big, reverberant acoustic, the singers seeming to echo down the centuries. So Cappella Clausura’s “Soundings: Sit Inside the Chant” Saturday evening in Emmanuel Church’s Lindsey Chapel was an unusually intimate affair. The 12 singers moved about the long, narrow space, sometimes in front, sometimes in the rear, often deployed antiphonally along the sides. Cappella Clausura’s director, Amelia LeClair, led the ensemble, backed by discreet flute, harp, and percussion, from the aisle, in the very center of the audience, rotating her music stand to face the performers. Collapse

    • Article: Cappella Clausura Unites Music & Dance for Christmas Offering
      Classical Voice of New England - Mar 15, 2010
      By Patrick Valentino

      Newton, MA, 12 December 2009. In an event entitled Gloria: A Renaissance Christmas Pageant, voices and instruments mixed with live action to create a multi-disciplinary meditation on the Christmas story in the First Unitarian Society in Newton.
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      Newton, MA, 12 December 2009. In an event entitled Gloria: A Renaissance Christmas Pageant, voices and instruments mixed with live action to create a multi-disciplinary meditation on the Christmas story in the First Unitarian Society in Newton.

      The collaborators in this evening of music making and dance were the 7 female voices and the ensemble of period instruments of Cappella Clausura, the sacred dance company Creationdance, and, as was revealed at evening’s end, we the audience as well. The concept of providing an acted dumb-show while Medieval and Renaissance music filled the air was admirable and mostly well-executed. In fact, except for a very few logistical hiccups or the occasional artistic faux-pas, this concert was one of the most impressive I’ve seen and heard in a long time in concept alone. Collapse

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