2017 - 2018 Concert Season


Amours contrariées

Cantatas of Clérambault & Rameau

Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3:30pm
Museum Concerts of Rhode Island

First Unitarian Church, 1 Benevolent St.
Providence, RI

Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 8:00pm
Cambridge Society for Early Music
First Religious Society, 27 School St.
Carlisle, MA

Friday, March 16, 2018 at 8:00pm
Cambridge Society for Early Music
Congregational Church, 130 Newton St.
Weston, MA

Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 8:00pm
Cambridge Society for Early Music
Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.
Salem, MA

Sunday, March 18 at 4:00pm
Cambridge Society for Early Music
Ascension Mem. Church, 31 County St.
Ipswich, MA

Monday, March 19, 2018 at 7:30pm
Cambridge Society for Early Music
Christ Church, Zero Garden St.
Cambridge, MA


A program featuring cantatas and instrumental music by two of the most important French Baroque composers, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676–1749) and Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764). Clérambault's musical career included organist positions at several churches in Paris and at the Maison Royale de Saint-Cyr, near Versailles, as well as the position of music advisor to Madame de Maintenon, the second wife of King Louis XIV. He had five books of cantatas published between 1710 and 1726; many of his cantatas, such as the two to be performed in this program, Orphée (1710) and Pirâme et Tisbé (1713), were inspired by classical subjects and relate the desperate passion of separated lovers who can reunite only after death. Rameau was not only a leading composer of the 18th century, but also an influential theorist in the history of music. This program will include his cantata L'impatience (c.1715–22) and also the Cinquème concert from his only instrumental chamber output, Pièces de clavecin en concert (1741). Les Bostonades will be joined by the internationally renown tenor Zachary Wilder.


Zachary Wilder, tenor; with Les Bostonades:
Teddie Hwang, traverso
Sarah Darling, violin
Emily Walhout, viola da gamba
Akiko Sato, harpsichord


Les Bostonades
at the Harvard-Epworth Concert Series

Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8:00pm
Harvard-Epworth Concert Series

Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church
1555 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA

Family Connection

Music of Johann Bernhard and Johann Sebastian Bach

Friday, May 25, 2018 at 7:30pm
Gordon Chapel, Old South Church
Boston, MA

Les Bostonades welcomes its Artistic Advisor, harpsichordist and conductor Hank Knox, faculty at McGill University in Montreal, to join the ensemble’s season finale. The program includes J.S. Bach’s Concerto in C minor for Two Harpsichords, BWV 1060, and Overture for Violin and Strings in A minor, BWV 1067a — the presumed original version of the famous Overture in B Minor (BWV 1067) scored for flute and strings — reconstructed by Werner Breig. Les Bostonades will also play two rarely performed works, Orchestral Suites No. 3 in E minor and No. 4 in D major, by Johann Bernhard Bach (1676–1749), Johann Sebastian’s second cousin, whose musical style has been compared to that of Telemann.