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Emmanuel Music seeks to enrich the cultural life of the Boston community through the presentation of concerts at the highest artistic standard that reflect a commitment to musical values, artistic and spiritual creativity, and social responsibility. In the spirit of cultivating a vibrant cultural community, we strive to explore music in new and innovative ways while providing talented emerging and established musicians a nurturing environment in which to perform and perfect their art.
In residence at Emmanuel Church in Boston, the ensembles and soloists of Emmanuel Music present approximately 50 concerts annually in three series: the Cantata Series, the Evening Series, and the Chamber Series. Emmanuel Music was founded in 1970 when Craig Smith, who had recently been appointed music director of Emmanuel Church, began conducting performances of the complete cycle of approximately 200 sacred cantatas by J.S. Bach in the liturgical setting for which they were intended. During the 1970's, concurrent with the weekly cantata series, Craig Smith instituted an orchestral series and a chamber music series, which gradually led to what is now Emmanuel Music, Inc. In 1980, Emmanuel Music incorporated, with its own program and Board of Directors. Following the death of its founder, Craig Smith, composer and Principal Guest Conductor John Harbison assumed the title of Acting Artistic Director, with Michael Beattie serving as Associate Conductor. Ryan Turner was appointed Artistic Director in 2010.