Upcoming Concerts

COVID-19 Policy: We encourage our audience to wear masks during our concerts but do not require it. We also ask that audience members be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Music in Mantua

Rossi and His Colleagues

Saturday, November 19, 2022 8 PM
Friends Meeting at Cambridge, Cambridge
5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA
Map/Directions: Google Maps

Sunday, November 20, 2022 4 PM
The Vilna Shul, Boston
18 Phillips Street, Boston, MA
Map/Directions: Google Maps
Pre-register at the Vilna Shul website

In the late fifteenth century, the city of Mantua became a center for the performing arts, particularly during the reign of Vincenzo I Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua. Famed Jewish composer Salamone Rossi, employed at court, was surrounded by a thriving musical community that included Gastoldi, Wert, Viadana, and Monteverdi. This program will explore Rossi’s choral music, as well as the works of his colleagues at the Mantuan court, and explore the influences this talented group of composers may have had on each other.

Please note that if you plan to attend the concert at the Vilna Shul on Sunday afternoon, we recommend that you purchase tickets and pre-register directly with them through the Vilna Shul website. Doors will open at 3:30.

2021 Virtual Concerts

The Measure of My Days

Join Convivium Musicum for an online concert exploring themes of hope, resilience, and community in the face of suffering, injustice, and isolation. The program, The Measure of My Days, explores how composers of the Renaissance drew on familiar poetry – the Psalms – to communicate these themes that still have resonance in our own time, especially in the context of the coronavirus pandemic and contemporary movements for social justice. To underscore this link, we include readings of contemporary poetry inspired by the program alongside our musical offerings.

Professionally recorded in Harvard-Epworth Church in Cambridge, The Measure of My Days presents Renaissance-era musical settings of psalm texts by Josquin de Prez, Orlandus Lassus, Johann Hermann Schein and others, alongside poetry written in our own day.

This event premiered on Saturday, June 26, 2021.

We are also very pleased to have been part of the 2021 Boston Early Music Festival Fringe concert series with an abridged version of this project. You can view this version of the program on the BEMF Fringe Concerts YouTube channel.

Giardino Harmonico: A Virtual Concert

Over the course of these last few months, Convivium has gathered both virtually and in small groups (outside, distanced, with masks) to make music and be in community with one another. We have been collecting recordings and videos of our recent music-making — both our small outdoor groups and virtual projects — and have shared our project with you in video format on our YouTube channel. Please enjoy below!