2014 Season

Thank you for joining us for our 2014 Season: Lost and Found !  Please check back here for details about our 2015 season as they become available.


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!

 


 

 

New CD released! 


Cover image of CD Orlandus Lassus: Prince of Music


We're delighted to announce that our latest CD, Orlandus Lassus: Prince of Music, will be released in May and will be available for purchase starting at our May 17 concert, as well as online.  This is our first CD with music director Michael Barrett.  More details for online purchasing are coming very soon, so please check back.

 

 


 

 

 

antique map of the New World



The age of European exploration spread the Renaissance polyphonic tradition, especially in its Iberian flavor, as far as the New World: both its techniques (via manuscripts) and, in some cases, its practitioners: European composers who settled in New Spain.  Convivium presents a program of works from both sides of the Atlantic: Guerrero, Victoria, Franco and more.  (Download our 2014 season brochure .)

 

Program: (Download full concert program; ©* (Adobe Acrobat/PDF format, requires Acrobat Reader)

 

Maria Magdalena Francisco Guerrero (1528 - 1599)

Magnificat Quinti Toni Hernando Franco (1532 - 1585)

O Doctor optime Guerrero

Vidi aquam Tomas Luis de Victoria (c. 1548 - 1611)

Andreas Christi famulus Cristobal de Morales (c. 1500 - 1553)

Exsultate Justi in Domino Juan Gutierrez de Padilla (c. 1595 - 1664)

Lamentations of Jeremiah Guerrero

Tu es Petrus Morales

Salve Regina Franco

 


 

 

 

 

Four performances in the Boston area:

 

Saturday, May 3, 2014   8 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church
, 73 Lancaster Street, Worcester, MA
Map/Directions:  Google Maps
** all are invited to a reception following the concert

 

Sun, May 4, 2014  7 PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,
15 St. Paul Street, Brookline, MA
10 minutes walk from Brookline Village Green Line T stop (the "D" line)
Map/Directions:
St. Paul's Church web site, Google Maps

 

Saturday, May 17, 2014  8 PM
Harvard-Epworth Church
, 1555 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Five minutes walk from the Harvard Square Red Line T stop
Map/Directions: Harvard-Epworth Church Web siteGoogle Maps

** all are invited to a reception following the concert

 

Sunday, May 18, 2014   4 PM
Christ Church
Andover, 33 Central Street, Andover, MA
.5 mile from the Andover Commuter Rail stop (Haverhill line; see mbta.com for map and schedule)
Directions and Parking Info:  Christ Church Andover Web site

 

--> Download our 2014 season brochure .

 

 

 


 

Walk for Music!  Convivium participated in the 9th Annual Boston Walk for Music on Sunday, April 27, 2014.  We still welcome donations in any amount, and you can donate easily at our online store--many thanks for your support!

 


 

 


 

Statue from Pere Lachaise cemetery

 


Lost: Requiem and Lamentation

Convivium explores the theme of loss in Renaissance music: loss of a city, a beloved friend, a famed composer, with works including Lamentations of Robert White, Planxit autem David by Josquin des Prez, and the magnificent Requiem on the death of Josquin, by Jean Richafort.

 

Download the Concert program , program notes by Michael Barrett, and/or the concert flyer©* (Adobe Acrobat/PDF format, requires Acrobat Reader),

 

 

Saturday, January 25, 2014   7 PM
Cambridge Friends Meeting House
, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA
Ten minutes walk from the Harvard Square Red Line T stop
Map/Directions/Parking Info: http://www.fmcquaker.org/FMC-Map_2006.pdf

** All are invited to a reception following the concert

 

Sunday, January 26, 2014  4 PM

United Parish in Brookline, 210 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA
Five minutes walk from the Coolidge Corner Green Line T stop (the "C" line)
Map/Directions: United Parish web site

** All are invited to a reception following the concert

 


 



SPECIAL EVENT #2: SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2014 at 3 PM: Just before our upcoming Lost concerts next weekend, Convivium will be assisting the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra by singing the Te Deum finale of Act I of Puccini's Tosca at Sanders Theater, Harvard University.

 

Please click here for more details about attending this performance, and here for a Wicked Local article about the performance.

 

 

SPECIAL EVENT #1: In December 2013, Michael Barrett and several members of Convivium, along with other selected singers, performed Handel's Messiah with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra .  Read the review here !

 

Messiah Performance Dates:

 

Friday, December 13, 2013 8 PM,  Christ the King Church, Mashpee, MA
Saturday, December 14, 2013 7:30 PM, Christ the King Church, Mashpee, MA
Sunday, December 15, 2013 3 PM, Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA

 

Please click here for more details about these performances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

We had a wonderful 2013 season, finishing with a reprise of the January Brahms and Early Music program at our Boston Early Music Festival Fringe concert on June 15.

 

In our 2013 season we performed in Andover, Cambridge, Brookline (including our new rehearsal home at United Parish), Boston, Foxboro, and Worcester, and presented a Fringe Concert at the Boston Early Music Festival in June 2013.  In addition, the men of Convivium were delighted to assist the Boston Camerata in a performance of Guillaume de Machaut's glorious Messe de Notre Dame in March.

 


Reviews from our 2013 season:

 

Brahms and Early Music: January 2013: Boston Musical Intelligencer: http://classical-scene.com/2013/01/28/antiquarian/ , and June 2013: in the ArtsBeat blog of The New York Times here .

 

March 2013 Boston Camerata Machaut concert: the Boston Globe , the Boston Musical Intelligencer, and The Arts Fuse.


 

 


 


Walk for Music!  Many thanks to all those who donated to Convivium as we participated in the 8th Annual Boston Walk for Music on Sunday, April 28, 2013.  We raised over $750 towards our Lassus CD project.  We still welcome any and all donations, and you can donate easily at our online store.  Thank you for your support!

 


 

 

All venues are fully handicap-accessible unless otherwise noted.

Learn more about Convivium >

Download our 2013 season brochure here.

 

May 2013: Music of the Spheres: Music and Mathematics in the Renaissance

An antique planisphere with inscriptions

 

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.  We include works of Obrecht, Josquin, Lassus, Zarlino and others.

 

Music of the Spheres concert program . ©* (Adobe Acrobat/PDF format, requires Acrobat Reader)

 

Spring Program Performances:

 

Saturday, May 11, 2013   8 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church
, 73 Lancaster Street, Worcester, MA
Map/Directions:  Google Maps
** all are invited to a reception following the concert

 

Saturday, May 18, 2013  8 PM
Harvard-Epworth Church
, 1555 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Five minutes walk from the Harvard Square Red Line T stop
Map/Directions: Harvard-Epworth Church Web siteGoogle Maps

** all are invited to a reception following the concert

 

 

Sun, May 19, 2013  7 PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,
15 St. Paul Street, Brookline, MA
10 minutes walk from Brookline Village Green Line T stop (the "D" line)
Map/Directions:
St. Paul's Church web site, Google Maps


...and a Boston Early Music Festival fringe concert!

Saturday, June 15, 2013, 12:00 pm
Church of St. John the Evangelist,
35 Bowdoin Street, Boston, MA
In Beacon Hill, Ten minutes walk from the Park Street Red Line T stop
Directions and Parking Information:  St. John the Evangelist web site


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.

--> Read the reviews of the March 2013 Boston Camerata Machaut concert in the Boston Globe , the Boston Musical Intelligencer, and The Arts Fuse.

 

Winter 2013: Brahms and Early Music

Public domain photograph of Johannes Brahms

 

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 Schütz, 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.


"...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 .


Brahms and Early Music Concert Program   ©* (Adobe Acrobat/PDF format, requires Acrobat Reader)

 

Take a copy of our Winter Season flyer!  color  b&w  ©* (Adobe Acrobat/PDF format, requires Acrobat Reader)

 

Winter program Performances:

Thursday, December 13, 2012   7 PM
Bethany Congregational Church,
3 Rockhill Street, Foxboro, MA
Directions and Parking Info:  Bethany Church Web Site

 

Sunday, January 20, 2013   4 PM
Christ Church
Andover, 33 Central Street, Andover, MA
.5 mile from the Andover Commuter Rail stop (Haverhill line; see mbta.com for map and schedule)
Directions and Parking Info:  Christ Church Andover Web site

 

Saturday, January 26, 2013   7 PM
Cambridge Friends Meeting House
, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA
Ten minutes walk from the Harvard Square Red Line T stop
Map/Directions/Parking Info: http://www.fmcquaker.org/FMC-Map_2006.pdf

 

Sunday, January 27, 2013  4 PM
United Parish in Brookline
, 210 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA
Five minutes walk from the Coolidge Corner Green Line T stop (the "C" line)
Map/Directions: United Parish web site

 

 

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Visit our archives to see repertoire and programs from past seasons.