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thumbs-up-icon.png Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Back Bay Chorale

"Saturday's well-balanced and thoughtful performance by the Back Bay Chorale at Sanders Theater was a gift....Back Bay Chorale Music Director Scott Allen Jarrett’s direction was just that: careful but expressive, without any straining for effect....The chorus, on the other hand, produced a homogeneous sound throughout, well-blended and subtly colorful. It was a cushiony, thick sound... Full Review >

thumbs-up-icon.png Britten's War Requiem, BU Symphony and Chorus

"As conductor of BU's Marsh Chapel, Jarrett's familiarity with choral music and textures was evident on Monday evening's performance. Jarrett led the Symphony and Chorus masterfully, sensitively supporting the rich choral texture that is so often drowned by Britten's extended orchestra. More expressive passages saw some loss of articulation, but the sacrifice was well-worth the moving read coaxed out by Jarrett." Full Review >

thumbs-up-icon.png Music of Vienna, Back Bay Chorale

"Boston's Back Bay Chorale fantastically performed an all-Viennese concert at Sanders Theater on Saturday night featuring Mozart's unfinished Mass in C Minor, K. 427; Beethoven's classic "Hallelujah" chorus from an early oratorio, Christ on the Mount of Olives, op. 85; one of Haydn's most rousing shorter works, the Te Deum in C Major; and Arnold Schoenberg's remarkable Friede auf Erden. From the musical spirit he exposed, Jarrett appears to direct as a participant as much as leader in the united force of voices, instrumentalists, musicology, and audience." Full Review >

thumbs-up-icon.png Handel's Saul, Back Bay Chorale

"With deliberate gestures, conductor Scott Allen Jarrett led the Back Bay Chorale and orchestra in a vibrant performance. He especially brought out the fine details of this score, sculpting a smooth phrase here and punching out a deliberate forte there."

"This was a refined and impassioned reading of Saul, a treat to hear."

thumbs-up-icon.png Verdi's Requiem, Charlotte Symphony

"...the Oratorio Singers, prepared by director Scott Allen Jarrett, have never sounded sharper or more nuanced. For the first time, their "Requiem aeternam" refrain – almost chanted in its simplicity – was as memorable as the flashier "Dies irae."

"The Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, superbly prepared by Scott Allen Jarrett, roar and whisper with conviction and vocal unity." Full Review >

BU School of Music To Hold Open House October 2

With autumn comes a new school year, beautiful foliage, and a fresh lineup of School of Music events! We invite all of our alums and friends to spend a few hours enjoying the performances of talented School of Music students and faculty members. School of Music Open House, Thursday, October 2, 2014 | 6pm, The Castle | 225 Bay State Rd., Boston

Saul Delivered by Back Bay Chorale

The Back Bay Chorale with orchestra and soloists under the baton of Scott Allen Jarrett convened in Sanders Theater last night to offer up Handel’s oratorio Saul. For me the concert was an emotion-laden introduction to this powerful work.

Back Bay Chorale wraps season with a worthy “Saul”

Saturday night at Sanders Theatre, the Back Bay Chorale concluded its fortieth anniversary season with a grand performance of the composer’s dramatic oratorio, Saul.

Back Bay Chorale to Perform Handel's Saul

One of Boston most respected choruses, Back Bay Chorale concludes its 40th anniversary season with Handel’s transitional oratorio-opera, Saul at Sanders Theatre, this coming Saturday. BMInt caught up with Music Director Scott Allan Jarrett and soloist Amanda Forsythe (who plays Michal in the performance) this week to discuss the concert.

Bach and Beyond in the Back Bay

The Boston Music Intelligencer's review of Back Bay Chorale's "Bach and Beyond" says "the chorus clearly hugely enjoys singing for Scott Allen Jarrett, whose gestures are clear, concise and emotionally open. In conducting mood, articulation and shape, without micromanaging, he leaves chorus members free to sing expressively: this was abundantly clear in the sound they produce, which has a good core, wide dynamic range and varied colors."

Scott Allen Jarrett to Conduct "Ansel Adams: America"

Scott Allen Jarrett will lead the Charlotte Symphony on January 24 in a program titled "Sights and Sounds of America. The featured work on the program is “Ansel Adams: America," a symphonic tribute saluting one of America's most cherished artists.

An Exceptional Performance of Handel’s Messiah in Charlotte

Megan Swinyard of CVNC raves about Scott Allen Jarrett's recent performance of Handel's Messiah with the Charlotte Symphony, "Rarely have I seen a conductor with such passion; he was often dancing on his podium along with the music and used body language to cue the mood he sought from his performers. He used no baton, but rather kept his hands free to better convey the desired phrasing and emotion..."

Jarrett Shows His Passion for ‘St. Matthew’

Charlotte Observer critic Lawrence Toppman reviews the Charlotte Symphony performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion: "Scott Allen Jarrett, the Charlotte Symphony and Oratorio Singers of Charlotte presented Bach's St. Matthew Passion as vivid drama, a remarkable feat for a work that never moves faster than mid-tempo."

The Bach Experience Podcasts on WDAV

These WDAV podcasts are taken from two talks, in which Scott Allen Jarrett provides a personal guide to listening to Johann Sebastian Bach's "St. Matthew Passion."

40th Season Opener Review

The Back Bay Chorale opened its 40th Season with a convert of Wagner and Verdi. Concert review by the Boston Classical Review.

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SAJ-Nov-2014-headshot-sm.jpgAbout Scott Allen Jarrett

"It became strikingly apparent that the chorus clearly hugely enjoys singing for Scott Allen Jarrett, whose gestures are clear, concise and emotionally open."

SCOTT ALLEN JARRETT has established himself as one of today's leading young orchestral and choral conductors. The Boston-based conductor serves as the Director of Choruses and Assistant Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony, Music Director for Boston's Back Bay Chorale, and Director of Music at Boston University's Marsh Chapel. Jarrett regularly conducts the great masterworks of the choral/orchestral repertoire, with a particular focus on the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. He has conducted over 35 Bach cantatas and multiple performances of each of Bach's four major works. More >