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Somerville, MA

Convivium Musicum

Founded and run by its singers, Convivium Musicum has been dedicated to concerts of uplifting beauty since 1987. Praised by a listener: “It was an enchanting experience — I am instantly calmed when you sing,” Convivium is well-known for performances of Renaissance choral music that shimmer with precision, fine intonation, rhythmic accuracy, and lively attention to text. Over the past two decades we have offered rarely- heard gems alongside stirring masterworks. As we enter our fourth season with Music Director Michael Barrett, our programs continue to be informed by careful research and scholarship, and our performances devoted to bringing to life the complex and profound emotional texture of this repertoire. Early Music America has acclaimed our performance as “the kind of transforming experience that concert junkies are always seeking.” This is what Convivium strives for in every concert program.

Over the past two decades our programs have ranged from the earliest polyphony to the 1991 world premiere of Richard St. Clair’s Missa Syllabica.  Convivium's adventurous programming ranges from Josquin and Mouton to Sweelinck and Le Jeune, from Peñalosa to Victoria, from the Song of Songs to Dido's lament, and from Europe to New Spain, including masterworks by Byrd, Guerrero, Praetorius, and many other lesser-known composers. We have brought this music to concert series, benefits and special events such as First Night Boston and the Boston Early Music Festival.


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