2013: Brahms and Early Music/The Music of the Spheres: Music and Mathematics in the Renaissance

2013 Season Brochure

Convivium began our 2013 season by moving from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlestown to a new rehearsal home at United Parish, Brookline.  We performed in Andover, Cambridge, Brookline, Boston, Foxboro, and Worcester, and reprised the January Brahms and Early Music program at our Boston Early Music Festival Fringe concert in June.  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.  We also participated in the 8th Annual Boston Walk for Music on Sunday, April 28, 2013, raising over $750 towards our Lassus CD project.

Reviews from our 2013 season:

Brahms and Early Music (January 2013) : Brahms the Antiquarian, by Christopher Marinuzzi , and June 2013: in the ArtsBeat blog of The New York Times

March 2013 Boston Camerata Machaut concert: the Boston Globe Machaut Review March 2013, 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 Concert Program

Brahms Concert Flyer (color) | Brahms Concert Flyer (b&w)

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 cheapest online pharmacy reviews 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


March 2013: The men of Convivium assisted 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.

 Spring 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 | Music of the Spheres Concert Flyer

All venues are fully handicap-accessible unless otherwise noted.

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)
St. Paul’s Church web site, Google Maps

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