“Outstanding” and “mesmerizing” are some of the adjectives used by critics to describe the Blue Heron music ensemble. Blue Heron has been performing vocal music of the Renaissance and medieval periods for over 15 years.

Here & Now’s Eric Westervelt went to the First Church in Cambridge, Congregational in Massachusetts, to sit in on a rehearsal. He speaks with music director Scott Metcalfe and baritone David McFerrin to discuss the roots and characteristics of medieval music.

They also talk about Johannes Ockeghem, the “greatest composer you never hear of” and hear selections from Blue Heron’s holiday program, “Christmas in Medieval England.”

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