Formed in 1997, The Sarasa Ensemble is a collective group of more than seventy-five international instrumentalists and vocalists who perform music from the early Baroque through the Romantic eras. The Ensemble has performed throughout New England and has toured Ireland, Cuba, and India.  (Please see the slide show below.)

For the past ten years Sarasa’s outreach program has focused more on working with incarcerated teenagers. In 2010 Sarasa won an award from Early Music America for outstanding achievement in outreach. Every concert season the group plays more than eighteen outreach concerts and facilitates six residency programs in teenage correctional centers. Through these programs Sarasa seeks to address the spiritual and emotional suffering of incarcerated youth and provide them with joy, hope, and opportunities for healing through self-expression.  More

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Upcoming

EASTER CONCERT

Friday, March 25, 2016
8.00 p.m.
St. Matthew’s Methodist Church
435 Central Street, Acton, MA
Saturday, March 26, 2016
8.00 p.m.
Swedenborg Chapel
50 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
•  Franz Joseph Haydn
‘Seven Last Words of Christ, Op. 51′
For this year’s Easter weekend, Sarasa will be celebrating Joseph Haydn’s personal view of the Passion story with his Seven Last Words of Christ, Op. 51 for string quartet and narrator.
 

News

New Recording!

Sarasa is happy to announce they have completed recording their all Boccherini CD!  After recording the String Quartet Opus 52 No 3 (G. 234) and the Quintet Op. 42, No. 1 (G348) last November, in September they completed the recording with the “Stabat Mater” (G.532a). The musicians on the recording are Dominique Labelle, soprano; Elizabeth Blumenstock and Christina Day Martinson, violins; Jenny Stirling, viola; Phoebe Carrai and Timothy Merton, cellos. The recording took place in the exquisite Chapel at West Parish in Andover, MA. Now Sarasa is planning an Indiegogo Campaign to raise more funds to complete the project. You will be hearing more about this in the coming months!

 

Outreach

Butler Center

Sarasa’s residency at the Butler Detention Center in Westboro, Massachusetts this past August generated many enthusiastic reactions.

“If the program could afford it maybe we could have a music group with you guys like twice a month!”

Since 1998, Sarasa members have performed in close to 150 outreach concerts throughout Massachusetts.