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Handel and Haydn Society's "A Bach Christmas" Reviews

"Jarrett proved to be a poised, efficient, yet expressive conductor, a genial presence on a happy occasion." So says the Boston Classical Review about Scott Allen Jarrett and the Handel and Haydn Society's performance of "A Bach Christmas." Read the full review. >

The Boston Globe review of "A Bach Christmas" beings "The Handel and Haydn Society's "Messiah" at Symphony Hall is such a revered annual tradition, it's easy to forget that H&H also offers a "Bach Christmas" concert at Jordan Hall every year. The program is never limited to Johann Sebastian Bach, or for that matter any Bach, but is a reminder that holiday music comes from all over Europe. Read the full review. >

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Britten's "Compelling" War Requiem

"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. >

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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 >

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 >

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."

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 >

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January 2015

Music at Marsh Chapel

Jan 27th 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

February 2015

Bach BWV 1: ‘Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern’

Feb 08th 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Feb 08th 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Handel and Haydn Society: Mozart Mass in C Minor

Feb 13th 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Feb 14th 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Feb 15th 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Marsh Chapel Choir: Rachmaninoff's All Night Vigil

Feb 28th 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

March 2015

Mendelssohn's Elijah

Mar 06th 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mar 08th 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Back Bay Chorale: Beethoven's Missa Solemnis

Mar 21st 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Bernstein's Chichester Psalms

Mar 27th 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mar 28th 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

April 2015

Marsh Chapel Choir: Buxtehude's 'Membra Jesu Nostri'

Apr 03rd 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Music at Marsh Chapel

Apr 07th 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm


Marsh Chapel Choir: Bach's 'Halt im gedächtnis'

Apr 12th 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Apr 12th 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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 >