Full of choral gems such as Bach's Cantata 40 and the Cantata IV from the Christmas Oratorio, this year's program also features Corelli's appealing Christmas Concerto. Scott Allen Jarrett leads the Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus in this special Handel and Haydn Society's Bicentennial Season performance. Read more about the Handel and Haydn Society's holiday programs. >
"Jarrett led the Symphony and Chorus masterfully, sensitively supporting the rich choral texture that is so often drowned by Britten's extended orchestra." So says the Boston Intelligencer's review of the recent performance by the Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Symphony Hall. Read the full review. >
Listen online at WDAV 89.9 FM to Scott Allen Jarrett's in-depth discussion of Johannes Brahms's ein Deutsches Requiem. Recorded on October 28, 2014 in Charlotte, Scott is joined by the Oratorio Singers to explore Brahms' remarkable score. Listen >
"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 >
"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 >
"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."
"...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 >
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 >