While we sadly were unable to gather together last season to share our music with you in the traditional manner, we are pleased to be able to share in new and creative ways.
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.
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.
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!