Cappella Clausura, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 12 Jenison St Newtonville MA 02460 USA

Mission: Our organization speaks to the absence of women’s voices in the history of the arts. Mission Statement CAPPELLA Clausura is a women's ensemble in Boston which specializes in the music written through the centuries by women in clausurae, that is, in the cloisters. We bring to light works by composers who have struggled to answer the call of the Muse despite considerable and often crippling social taboos, who, in short, composed music for the pure and overwhelming love of it. Each season one of our concerts is a benefit to support issues particular to women. Our goal is to place this amazing music in the standard repertoire while raising money for organizations that help women, and thereby to enhance the lives of women and girls today both spiritually and practically.
Results: highly enthusiastic audiences of 45-100, invitations to perform for several concert series in the NE area as well as colleges and festivals. A nascent outreach to student age audiences to teach the history of women in composition from the 8th century to the present day.
Target demographics: enthusiasts of all kinds of music, especially medieval, renaissance and baroque by excellent female composers who have been neglected or ignored by history.
Programs: available at www.clausura.org/programs.html

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

The conductor has opened up a rarely entered world within the Clausura, and given us a window into ethereal music-making that transcends the normal choir repertoire. She has also pioneered the juxtaposition of this world and music with the 'outer' culture and music. Singers and conductor move as one as they transport us to the ether of these other realms, enriching our lives, broadening our sensibilities, and hopefully, making us deeper in all our endeavors. Thank you!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the kindnesses given by all personnel, and the charity given and demonstrated by the conductor

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make them better known

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the confluency of their sound

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

tour the world

Ways to make it better...

I had become even more involved

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money and changing tastes of audiences

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am amazed by their generosity

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Each time I attend a Cappella Clausura concert, I come away not only with an appreciation for the beauty of the music and the talent and dedication of the conductor and musicians, but I am also changed within. If more people had the opportunity to hear this very special music, I believe that they, too, would come away calmer, more at peace in our hectic and often troubled world, and connected to a centuries-old tradition.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

my exposure to music I would never have had the opportunity to hear and the sense of calm this music has brought me.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I have listened to Cappella Clausura's recordings and have also attended their performance of Gloria, a Renaissance Christmas pageant. The music is hauntingly beautiful and serene. I support this group's work in preserving and performing early music of women.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedication of the conductor and performers to this early music; the beauty of the voices and instruments; the sense of timelessness that arises from hearing music that is centuries old.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

present more concerts at a wider variety of venues, hire a staff, and pay the conductor and performers

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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7 people found this review helpful

At the last concert I attended, I felt like I was bathed in glorious sound. The purity and beauty of the voices, seemingly blending effortlessly, was so uplifting. And the programs are fascinating. Where else can you hear 9th century Greek chant, bawdy lyrics composed by frustrated married ladies in medieval times, and cloistered women's passionate praises of God? I will return again and again to see hear what other music was written by women in the past that we've known nothing about!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

spread the word on the breadth of beautiful, heartfelt music being written by women in the earlier centuries.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I had heard of the music of Cappella Clausure and attended my first concert in fall 2008. The music from the 14th-17th century captures the little known effort of women and nuns from that time period. It was beautiful music. I am not a student of music but was very taken with the amount of work to uncover these composers and then the incredible effort to reproduce it. I have attended several concerts since then as well as obtained a CD of the music. I believe this group provides a real cultural inspiration that is often overlooked.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the serenity and forced introspection caused by the music.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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7 people found this review helpful

As a Board Member of another organization, I have known the Capella Clausura's conductor as an active, energized and inspired co-member of the Greater Boston Choral Consortium. As a music professional, I have performed in one concert series with the group and am impressed with the caliber of the performers as well as the relevance of the repertoire. This is a wonderful artistic and learning experience not only for audiences but also for performers seeking to expand their horizons.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

broadening my knowledge of repertoire and historically informed performance practice.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being introduced to top notch colleagues and a high standard of performance as well as an area of repertoire (women composers of early music) with which I had little or no knowledge.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful and full of positive energy for the group.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Be a premiere organization not only in the Boston area but also as a touring entity, creating yearly recordings and paying its conductor and performers a competitive wage.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I have been attending Capella Clausura concerts for years, and have always been impressed with them. The music is beautiful, and they have a wide-ranging repertoire spanning many centures. I especially like the fact that Clausura focuses on music by women composers, thereby demonstrating that women have always produced great artistic works. This not only corrects the historical record, it also inspires today's women artists to achieve.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very friendly and enthusiastic about the performance.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

go on tour throughout the United States and overseas, as well as record more CDs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I make my living singing, and so I don't go to many concerts, but I never miss an opportunity to hear Cappella Clausura. Their programs are always interesting, varied, and well sung. The sound is often transporting as the singers join their voices in beautiful warm, rich tones. Whether there are 2, 5 or 12 people singing, they seem to be of one mind. It's more than just being well rehearsed and directed, which they are. They seem to share a deep passion for the music, which comes through in every performance.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Live Concerts and CDs

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Grow the audience.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Letting the music wash over me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, enthusiastic and welcoming.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

BE A STAR!!!

Ways to make it better...

There had been more people there to share it.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Growing the audience.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Cappella Clausura is good people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I've attended most of Cappella Clausura's concerts since their inception. The experience of listening to the exquisite, ethereal harmonies of the gorgeous voices in this group has been transforming. Though centuries old, the music in their repertoire was new to me and it's been a pleasure to hear works performed that otherwise would have little, if any, exposure. Cappella Clausura shouldn't be a well-kept secret - they deserve a large audience.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the experience of working with the director.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and delightful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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15 people found this review helpful

I am not new to early music nor to choruses of women's voices, but my first Capella Clausura concert a few years ago presented me with a completely unexpected experience. I had no notion that this small, virtually unknown (at that time) group would give me one of my most memorable musical encounters. I've been to many concerts since then of course and grow more and more enamored of this wonderful ensemble. Their repertoire is wonderfully varied--they always surprise. Some reviews I've read used words like "...soaring!" and "...incandescent!" and I don't think they were exaggerating. The joy for me in listening to the voices of Capella Clausura in concert or on tape, is that these are powerful voices that are tender and delicate as well--it's simply beautiful singing, and the control and passion together are breathtaking. They feature mainly women composers, which I love--including many 15th century women never heard before. I once sat behind a woman who had composed the piece they were performing, and she was weeping. So was I.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching its audience grow and see the group come to the attention of the Boston music community...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Listening to the music next to a friend I've brought to hear them for the first time.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Excited, enthusiastic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Pay its, singers, its instrumentalists and its director a decent sum; it could reach the audience it deserves; it could continue giving masters concerts at universities; it could continue to spread the word about unknown, brilliant women composers.

Ways to make it better...

I'd been surrounded by 300 people!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money and promotion.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am convinced they will continue to grow and thrive -- people who hear them love them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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