Upcoming Concerts

Convivium is excited to be returning to in-person events this season!

COVID-19 Precautions: To ensure the safety of our patrons, we ask that audience members show either proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test from within 72 hours in order to attend our concerts in person. Masks are also required during attendance.

Ars Imperfecta

Pushing the Bounds of Polyphony

Saturday, May 21, 2022 8 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester

73 Lancaster Street, Worcester, MA
Map/Directions: Google Maps

Sunday, June 5, 2022 7 PM
Christ Church, Andover

25 Central Street, Andover, MA
Map/Directions: Google Maps

By the late 16th century, the international style of written polyphony became so well-established that some saw a “perfection,” or completion, in the development of elite musical practice in central and western Europe. Other practitioners, however, pushed against at least some of the common elements of the style, at times inspired by more radical interpretations of ancient Greek ideas about music, in some cases foreshadowing the seismic shift of practice that later became known as the musical Baroque. Convivium presents a concert of both famous exemplars of the “ars perfecta” — Josquin and Palestrina chief among them — alongside others whose efforts sometimes seem to lie outside the mainstream, including Orlando di Lasso, Giaches de Wert, Michelangelo Rossi, and more.

A Musical Banquet

with The Boston Cecilia

Saturday, June 4, 2022 8 PM
First Church in Cambridge
11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
Map/Directions: Google Maps

Convivium Musicum joins forces with The Boston Cecilia in a wide-ranging program of ancient and modern a cappella music for forces large and small. Each ensemble will perform its own selections, and the choirs will combine for large-scale works by Giovanni Gabrieli, Joby Talbot, and more.

Tickets for this concert can be purchased through the Boston Cecilia.

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.

Mass Cultural Council

Many thanks to Michael Barrett, John A. Carey, Ron Lacro and Jon Schum, Michael McDonald, and the Mass Cultural Council for their sponsorship of this program.

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!