ABOUT US

Palaver Strings enriches lives by sharing music with diverse audiences in and beyond the concert hall

Palaver Strings, a musician-led string orchestra, is dedicated to the collaborative interpretation of classical masterworks. We were formally founded in 2014 by a group of young musicians from the Boston area.  Each member of Palaver Strings is passionate about taking classical music beyond the concert hall to engage with diverse and new audiences. It is in this personal and unconventional setting that Palaver Strings is able to use music to aid the discussion of social issues, promote education and healing, and inspire our peers and community to support the arts.

Where does the group's name come from? What does it mean?

 Our name, "Palaver," comes from the term "palaver hut," a place of discussion and conflict resolution in Liberia. In our early days as an ensemble, we gave benefit concerts for the Liberian Education Fund and became familiar with and inspired by the term "palaver" as we are a diverse group of individuals seeking to come to a creative agreement when we make music. "Palaver" has remained central to our vision as we expand our outlook to other social causes.

Season 3 - Neighborhood Music

Community is a powerful force in our lives. We in Palaver Strings believe that art and music have the power to bring us together to make us stronger and more compassionate where we live. That’s why, for our 2016-2017 season, we’re celebrating a different neighborhood throughout the Boston area each month with food, music, art— and unpacking what it means to live there. Over the course of the season we will visit Somerville, Cambridge, Quincy, Brookline, Boston, Jamaica Plain, Watertown, and towns in Mid-coast Maine. In each of these communities, we will give performances and workshops, collaborating with local venues, businesses, artists, schools, and organizations to connect with and learn about each other through music.  Palaver Strings invites you to experience the joy of music with us, as we explore what community means to those throughout both Boston and greater New England.