"...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!
AUDITIONS: we have immediate openings for tenors with good sight-reading skills. Convivium Musicum rehearses Wednesday evenings in Coolidge Corner, and performs two programs per season, in January and May. If you're interested, please contact us ASAP!
We're looking forward to our 2014-2015 season, which will include a workshop and concert with the Viola da Gamba Society on November 8, 2014. More season details will be posted soon.
Last season, our concerts in January and May 2014 explored works on the theme of Lost and Found, and we are delighted to have collaborated with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra this past December, performing Handel's Messiah. Then, in January, just before our season concerts, we assisted the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Puccini's Tosca.
Along with our Found concert performances this past May, we are also thrilled to have released our latest CD, Orlandus Lassus: Prince of Music:
Please see our Season page for full details and concert program PDFs.
Walk for Music! Convivium participated in the 9th Annual Boston Walk for Music on Sunday, April 27. We continue to welcome donations in any amount, and you can donate easily at our online store--many thanks for your support!
Spring 2014 Concert Dates: Found: Music in the Age of Exploration
Sat May 3, 2014: Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester, 8 PM
Sun May 4, 2014: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brookline, 7 PM
Sat May 17, 2014: Harvard-Epworth Church, Cambridge, 8 PM
Sun May 18, 2014: Christ Church Andover, 4 PM
--> Download our 2014 season brochure .
Winter 2014 Concert Dates: Lost: Requiem and Lamentation
Sat Jan 25, 2014: Cambridge Friends Meeting House, Cambridge, MA 7 PM
Sun Jan 26, 2014: United Parish in Brookline, 4 PM
Sunday Jan 19, 2014, 3 PM, Sanders Theater, Cambridge, MA
Messiah Performance Dates:
Friday, Dec 13, 8 PM, Christ the King Church, Mashpee, MA
Saturday, Dec 14, 7:30 Christ the King Church, Mashpee, MA
Sunday, Dec 15, 3 PM Provincetown Town Hall, Provincetown, MA
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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