The Spectrum Singers
The Spectrum Singers is an acclaimed chamber chorus that performs worthy music—both famous and unknown—from the Renaissance to the present day. John W. Ehrlich formed the ensemble in 1980 and continues to lead his gifted singers in concerts at the First Church Congregational in Harvard Square. The chorus is frequently joined by leading guest soloists and has shared the stage with Emmanuel Music, the Cantata Singers, and Boston Landmarks Orchestra in collaborative performances throughout the Boston Area.
In recent seasons, The Spectrum Singers has performed music by Lukas Foss and Charles Ives, given a premiere by Mohammed Fairouz, and offered a hit program of Handel with a full Baroque orchestra. The chorus recently embarked on an ongoing survey of requiems—from Mozart to Alfred Desenclos—and performed in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Emmanuel Music.
The Boston Globe praised John W. Ehrlich and The Spectrum Singers for “unfailingly dramatic performances that grappled with real issues in the music and real issues the music is about.” Now in its 38th season, the chorus continues its mission of performing familiar and lesser-known works in programs of compelling depth and professional execution for an audience of appreciative listeners.
John W. Ehrlich, founder and music director of The Spectrum Singers, has been active as a singer and conductor in the Boston and Cambridge areas for more than thirty five years. He is widely admired for his intriguing and adventuresome programming. “From the beginning, it’s been my goal to seek out and perform worthy, important music that is rarely heard,” he says. “As our name suggests, we draw on the whole ‘spectrum’ of master works from the Renaissance to the present day.”
Mr. Ehrlich studied music and conducting while attending the Hartt School of Music, Trinity College, and both Harvard and Boston Universities. His teachers were Robert Shaw, Gregg Smith, G. Wallace Woodworth, Vytautous Marijousius, and Iva Dee Hiatt. Also a singer, Mr. Ehrlich has sung with the Hartford Chamber Choir, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Cambridge Society for Early Music, John Oliver Chorale, Boston Baroque, and the Emmanuel Church Choir. For eight seasons he was music director of The Master Singers of Worcester.
This is Mr. Ehrlich’s 38th season as music director of The Spectrum Singers.
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