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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 2013-14, CAPPELLA CLAUSURA will release its first commercial recording: the world premiere of the complete Madrigals of Renaissance prodigy Vittoria Aleotti. The ensemble also launches a new direction this year, expanding its presentation of music by women to include music by their colleagues and influences. Thus, along with Rebecca Clarke and Vittoria Aleotti, CLAUSURA will perform music by Dowland, Gesualdo, Palestrina, Vaughan Williams, and Benjamin Britten.


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    • 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

    • Article: Twelve Centuries of New Music from Capella Clausura
      Boston Musical Intelligencer - May 18, 2009
      By Laurence Berman

      Cappella Clausura, a women’s chamber chorus founded and directed by Amelia LeClair, has worked tirelessly in the last five years to bring to the public’s attention music written steadily by women for 12 centuries.

      Of the six composers re… Expand

      Cappella Clausura, a women’s chamber chorus founded and directed by Amelia LeClair, has worked tirelessly in the last five years to bring to the public’s attention music written steadily by women for 12 centuries.

      Of the six composers represented in last Sunday’s concert, I had not heard of four, much less heard a note of their music. And I call myself a music historian. Most importantly, the pieces of the four “unknowns” have nothing of the amateurish about them, despite the fact that all four composers would – officially, at least – have to be styled “amateurs.” But if the pieces on the program are any indication, they were, in one way or another, intimately connected to the developments of their own day. Moreover, the material is masterfully handled.

      The music of mid-century Italy seems to make no distinction between sacred and profane love; and the quality of voice of the members of the ensemble who sang the respective solos seemed exactly right for the protagonist in question. The Cappella Clausura and its programming radiate good judgment and imagination. Collapse

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