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Boston Camerata

Currently celebrating its sixty-fifth anniversary, The Boston Camerata ranks among the world’s oldest and most eminent early music ensembles. Founded in 1954, Camerata has been under the direction of French-born singer and scholar Anne Azéma since 2008. Along with its commitment to maintaining and renewing Camerata “classics,” Anne Azéma and the Camerata originate many new and distinguished productions of  important early repertoires spanning eight centuries of music history.

 

Camerata's musical performances are well known for their blending of spontaneity and emotional commitment with careful research and scholarship. With its distinguished roster of singers and specialists in early instruments, Camerata produces an annual concert series for audiences in the Greater Boston area. The Boston Camerata also tours regularly in the US and all over the world, recently appearing in Paris at the Palais de Chaillot, in collaboration with the Tero Saarinen Company of Helsinki, Finland (2014), and during its 60th anniversary season, at the Théatre de la Ville (2015). Anne Azéma's innovative staged production built around a medieval tournament in France, The Night's Tale, first presented in France and Luxembourg, was performed in Boston to great  acclaim in Spring 2016.  The company's South American début tour took place in Brazil in July, 2016.  Further tours took place in Europe in 2017 (Switzerland, Holland, France) and in North America (Canada and the US Midwest in late 2017  and early 2018) – including a reprise of the Play of Daniel, presented with great  success to Boston audiences in late 2014, during early 2017 again in Boston and other American cities and due to tour in 2020.

 

The Camerata is also renowned for its many concerts and recordings of early music from the New World North and South and for its bridge productions of Eastern and Western music. A Mediterranean Christmas and The Sacred Bridge: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Medieval Europe are noted among these pioneering enterprises.

 

The Camerata's many recordings (Grand Prix du Disque)  as well as its numerous media appearances (two prizes at FIFA Montréal, 2014; one prize at the 2014 Massachusetts Film Festival) and its many museum and educational projects (including its recent Visiting Artist residency at  the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), have brought its work to audiences in every continent. Collaborations with local choirs (both children and adults) and with young professionals-in-training in both Europe and the United States are a distinctive feature of the company's 2017, 2018 and 2019 touring seasons.  April 2019 will mark the release of the Camerata’s latest CD, recorded in coordination with an international exhibit project of late Medieval artifacts (Toronto, New York and Amsterdam). September 2019 will see the company's next media project, recorded in France and in partnership with la Philharmonie de Paris and Harmonia Mundi.

Additional Links: 
City of Fools: What Medieval music can tell us about our Politics
Excerpt from the Medieval Carmina Burana
Anne Azéma and group perform French Medieval Songs and Dances

I Have Worked With

  • July 2019

    Concert: We were invited to perform City on the Hill for this conference held at All Saints, Ashmont

  • June 2019

    We were invited to perform Songes et Mençonges at BEMF 2019

  • October 2018

    This ws a live performance which was aired on BBC radio: A combination of The Harvest program, with elements of our recent City on the Hill program.  The concert, which was co-produced by Audubon, took place at The Barn at Pleasant Valley Sanctuary in Lenox, MA

     

     

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Anne
Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director
Fax: 
617-558-1810
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 120751
Boston, MA 02112
Physical Address: 
68 Harrison Ave Floor 5
Boston , MA 02111
Last Name: 
Azema
Phone: 
617-262-2092

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Chamber
Additional Disciplines: 
Literary Arts - Poetry
Music - General
Music - Chamber
Music - Choral
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Solo / Recital
Music - Traditional
Theater - Musical
Year Founded: 
1954
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
School Groups
Languages Available: 
Arabic
French
German
Hebrew
Italian
Portuguese
Spanish
Turkish
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
25
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Chamber Music American
Awards: 
The Boston Camerata: Grand Prix du DisqueArtistic Director Anne Azéma: Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, French Republic, , 2010Director Emeritus Joel Cohen begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting: Signet Society Medal
Grand Prix des Discophiles

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
We require only chairs for our performers, music stands, adequate stage lighting and green room space for our performers, unless our works are staged. For some presentation we need a blackboard and sound equipment. Please be in touch with us.
Appropriate stage lighting for performances
Direct access from concert hall to stage, when possible
Fee Range Minimum: 
$5,000
Fee Range Maximum: 
$20,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
4
Maximum Number of Performers: 
35

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Music
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors