Photo by Georgia Kuss
"...the chorus filled the small church with rich, vital sound" -- James Oestreich in the ArtsBeat blog of The New York Times
Welcome to Convivium Musicum!
We're looking forward to our 2014-2015 season: our January concerts will feature music of the English composers Byrd, Parsons, Tallis, Tye, and White from the Dow Partbooks, and we offered a preview of some of these works at a workshop and concert with the Viola da Gamba Society of New England on November 8, 2014, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Powers Music School in Belmont, MA. In the spring of 2015 we'll focus on the music of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck; this very special program will be designed and selected by Convivium Musicum founder Joel van Lennep.
Just before our season concerts, we'll once again be assisting the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras in a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Un Ballo in Maschera, at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at 3 PM.
Please see our Season page for full details and concert program PDFs when they become available.
The Dow Partbooks: Workshop and concert with the Viola da Gamba Society of New England
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 concert at 7 PM, followed by reception. All Saints Episcopal Church, Belmont MA
Concert is free and open to the public
Winter 2015 Concert Dates:
Un Ballo in Maschera:
Sunday Jan 18, 2015, 3 PM, Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Music from the Dow Partbooks:
Motets by Byrd, Tallis, Tye, and more, including Lamentations a 5 by Robert White, and the stunning Ave Maria of Robert Parsons.
Sat Jan 24, 2015 7 PM: Cambridge Friends Meeting House, Cambridge, MA
Sun Jan 25, 2015 4 PM: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brookline, MA
Sat Jan 31 2015 7:30 PM: First Parish Church, Berlin, MA
Spring 2015 Concert Dates:
A special program designed by Convivium's founder, Joel van Lennep, featuring the music of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, the most famous Dutch composer of the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
Sun May 3, 2015 4 PM: Christ Church Andover, Andover, MA
Sat May 9, 2015 8 PM: Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester, MA
Sat May 16, 2015 8 PM: Harvard-Epworth Church, Cambridge, MA
Sun May 17, 2015 7 PM: United Parish in Brookline, Brookline, MA
Boston Early Music Festival 2015 Fringe Concert:
Sat June 13, 2015 12 Noon: First Lutheran Church of Boston, Boston, MA
We are thrilled to have released our latest CD, Orlandus Lassus: Prince of Music:
Walk for Music! Convivium participated in the 8th Annual Boston Walk for Music on Sunday, April 28, and we are grateful to all those who donated; we raised over $750 toward our Orlandus Lassus CD project. If you missed your chance to donate and would still like to, you can donate easily at our online store. We welcome donations in any amount--many thanks for your support!
"...radiant and full sound...the group, at all times, projected complete interpretive assurance and a palpable sense of dedication to this music..."
--> See the full review here in The Boston Musical Intelligencer of our Winter 2013 program: Brahms and Early Music.
Download our 2013 season brochure here.
Spring 2013: Music of the Spheres: Music and Mathematics in the Renaissance
The fifteenth century saw the beginning of the breakdown of the intellectual barrier that separated music as noble science and music as a practical, human activity. Even so, the logic of mathematics and geometry continued to play a significant role in the compositional process of Renaissance composers, nowhere more ingeniously demonstrated than in the works of Johannes Ockeghem.
Spring Program Performances (details at Current Season):
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 8 PM Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 8 PM Harvard-Epworth Church, Cambridge
Sunday, May 19, 2013 7 PM St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brookline
Saturday, June 15, 2013 12 noon (Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert): Church of St. John the Evangelist, Boston (this concert will be a reprise of the Brahms and Early Music program)
March 2013: The men of Convivium will assist the Boston Camerata in their performance of Guillaume de Machaut's Messe de Notre Dame, in their program: A Gothic Easter: Machaut's Magnificent Mass.
Friday, March 29, 2013, 8 PM Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Saturday, March 30, 2013, 8 PM St. John's Memorial Chapel, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA
Please see the Boston Camerata web page for details.
See the interview with Anne Azema, Artistic Director of the Boston Camerata, about this concert, in the Boston Musical Intelligencer.
Winter 2013: Brahms and Early Music
The music library of Johannes Brahms reflected the composer's almost unprecedented respect for artists of the past. One is not surprised to find Schubert, Mozart, Haydn and Bach among his collection, but there was also a healthy collection of Schutz, Isaac, and other composers that, for the time, were relatively unknown. Brahms was also responsible for bringing many of these composers to the Viennese public, helping to usher in more generally the concept of the "canon" in Western musical life. Convivium presents a sample of the works Brahms held so dear and that he chose to share with his adopted Vienna.
Winter program Performances (details at Current Season):
Thursday Dec 13 2012 7 PM Bethany Congregational Church, Foxboro
Sunday January 20, 2013 4 PM Christ Church, Andover
Saturday January 26, 2013 7 PM Cambridge Friends Meeting House
Sunday January 27, 2013 4 PM United Parish in Brookline
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