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

QUASI UNA FANTASIA

Saturday, May 21, 2016
8:00pm
Friends Meeting House
5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA
Sunday, May 22, 2016
7:00pm
First Parish in Concord
20 Lexington Road, Concord, MA
Featuring works by Purcell, Britten, Barber and a world premiere by Thomas Vignieri

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

Rapping Sarasa

The Sarasa musicians of our January concert series shared their talents and compassion through an interactive concert with about 30 incarcerated young men at a Dept. of Youth Services facility in Boston. It was a powerful experience. The musicians played selections from January’s concert – many of the teens completely engrossed and jumped at the powerful experience to “conduct” the ensemble! And in return, a beautiful surprise –  a small group of teenaged boys created and interwove an impromptu rap and methodical dance with the music provided by Sarasa. Amazing.