Beautiful & Bizarre
Nov
1
1:00pm 1:00pm

Beautiful & Bizarre

Many of us are familiar with Baroque music as background music, something pleasant piped into public spaces to set the scene. What we hear at weddings, church services, and funerals often omits the more challenging pieces, leaving us with a stilted, limited view of what Baroque music is. yes, it is full of florid passages and pleasing harmonies, but it is also full of grit, fury, and fire; the sounds of battle, passion, and rage. With our program, Beautiful and Bizarre we show the wide range of colors and textures that Baroque music has to offer, and the vibrancy and vitality it brings us even four hundred years later.

PROGRAM:
TELEMANN Suite La Bizarre, Ouverture-Suite TWV 55:G2
BACH Komm, Jesu, Komm, BWV 229
BIBER Battalia a 10
GESUALDO Moro, Lasso
PURCELL Abdelazer or the Moor's Revenge, Z.570
BACH Brandenburg Concerto no.3 in G major, BWV 1048

Tickets are available here, all proceeds will benefit the Bay Chamber Music School scholarship program!

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Beautiful & Bizarre
Nov
4
8:00pm 8:00pm

Beautiful & Bizarre

Many of us are familiar with Baroque music as background music, something pleasant piped into public spaces to set the scene. What we hear at weddings, church services, and funerals often omits the more challenging pieces, leaving us with a stilted, limited view of what Baroque music is. yes, it is full of florid passages and pleasing harmonies, but it is also full of grit, fury, and fire; the sounds of battle, passion, and rage. With our program, Beautiful and Bizarre we show the wide range of colors and textures that Baroque music has to offer, and the vibrancy and vitality it brings us even four hundred years later.

PROGRAM:
TELEMANN Suite La Bizarre, Ouverture-Suite TWV 55:G2
BACH Komm, Jesu, Komm, BWV 229
BIBER Battalia a 10
GESUALDO Moro, Lasso
PURCELL Abdelazer or the Moor's Revenge, Z.570
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major, BWV 1048

Tickets are $15 for General Admission and $10 for Students and Seniors, available here through JP Concerts!

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a dormir a soñar ...
Dec
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

a dormir a soñar ...

Lifegiver, caretaker, mother earth. Each of us has a unique relationship with those we call “Mother.” A dormir a soñar explores the hopes, dreams, and challenges of motherhood. Palaver Strings, pianist Moisès Fernández Via, and participants from the Lullaby Project will join forces in celebrating and reflecting on the power and complexity of motherhood through William Grant Still’s nostalgic Mother and Child, Chopin’s monumental Piano Concerto in E Minor, and original lullabies by new moms, written together with Palaver musicians through our chapter of the Lullaby Project. Click here to Lullabies from our Season 3.

PROGRAM:
STILL Mother & Child
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op. 11
Original Lullabies from the 2017 Lullaby Project

Tickets are $15 for General Admission and $10 for Students and Seniors, available here!

 

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Seeking Sanctuary
Feb
9
8:00pm 8:00pm

Seeking Sanctuary

At a time when immigration policy is at the forefront of our national politics, we seek to humanize the conversation by providing an artistic outlet for these stories, and emphasizing their connection to our own immigrant heritage. Seeking Sanctuary showcases the journeys and experiences of Boston immigrants. With a special focus on the Irish, Cape Verdean, and Chinese communities, this program will feature new compositions, spoken word pieces, and art installations inspired by the incredible stories of immigrants and their descendants.

*This program is part of Palaver Strings' residency at Boston Center for the Arts*

PROGRAM:
China Folk Song Set
- Arranged by Zhantao Lin and Su Yin Chan (Palaver member)
- Performed with Zhantao Lin on Erhu

Cape Verde Traditional Music Set
- Arranged by Benvindo Cruz and Maya French (Palaver member)
- Performed with Benvindo Cruz on vocals and Cape Verdean Instrumentalists on Cavaquinho & Piano

Ireland Traditional Fiddle and Classical Fusion Composition
- Composed by Charlie Lennon
- Performed with Joey Abarta on Uilleann Pipes

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Seeking Sanctuary
Feb
10
8:00pm 8:00pm

Seeking Sanctuary

At a time when immigration policy is at the forefront of our national politics, we seek to humanize the conversation by providing an artistic outlet for these stories, and emphasizing their connection to our own immigrant heritage. Seeking Sanctuary showcases the journeys and experiences of Boston immigrants. With a special focus on the Irish, Cape Verdean, and Chinese communities, this program will feature new compositions, spoken word pieces, and art installations inspired by the incredible stories of immigrants and their descendants.

*This program is part of Palaver Strings' residency at Boston Center for the Arts*

PROGRAM:
China Folk Song Set
- Arranged by Zhantao Lin and Su Yin Chan (Palaver member)
- Performed with Zhantao Lin on Erhu

Cape Verde Traditional Music Set
- Arranged by Benvindo Cruz and Maya French (Palaver member)
- Performed with Benvindo Cruz on vocals and Cape Verdean Instrumentalists on Cavaquinho & Piano

Ireland Traditional Fiddle and Classical Fusion Composition
- Composed by Charlie Lennon
- Performed with Joey Abarta on Uilleann Pipes

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Seeking Sanctuary
Feb
11
3:00pm 3:00pm

Seeking Sanctuary

At a time when immigration policy is at the forefront of our national politics, we seek to humanize the conversation by providing an artistic outlet for these stories, and emphasizing their connection to our own immigrant heritage. Seeking Sanctuary showcases the journeys and experiences of Boston immigrants. With a special focus on the Irish, Cape Verdean, and Chinese communities, this program will feature new compositions, spoken word pieces, and art installations inspired by the incredible stories of immigrants and their descendants.

*This program is part of Palaver Strings' residency at Boston Center for the Arts*

PROGRAM:
China Folk Song Set
- Arranged by Zhantao Lin and Su Yin Chan (Palaver member)
- Performed with Zhantao Lin on Erhu

Cape Verde Traditional Music Set
- Arranged by Benvindo Cruz and Maya French (Palaver member)
- Performed with Benvindo Cruz on vocals and Cape Verdean Instrumentalists on Cavaquinho & Piano

Ireland Traditional Fiddle and Classical Fusion Composition
- Composed by Charlie Lennon
- Performed with Joey Abarta on Uilleann Pipes

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A Voice for Everyone
Mar
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

A Voice for Everyone

A Voice For Everyone features the remarkable and truly personal voice of composer Ian Gottlieb. His concerto grosso, Even, written for Palaver Strings in its first year as an ensemble, expands the boundaries of the string orchestra medium, interweaving unity and individuality in a multitudinous fabric of divergent yet complementary solo lines. Even will be presented alongside two other exemplary concerti grossi by Correlli and Vaughan Williams, establishing it as the next innovative step in this string orchestra medium. The 3rd Grade String Orchestra students from Bridge Boston Charter School’s El Sistema program will play the Vaughan Williams alongside Palaver Strings and perform a piece they will arrange with Ian Gottlieb.  This performance will be part of our year-long Chamber Music Institute with Bridge Boston students.

PROGRAM:
CORRELLI Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6 No.8
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra
GOTTLIEB Even

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A Voice for Everyone
Mar
25
4:00pm 4:00pm

A Voice for Everyone

A Voice For Everyone features the remarkable and truly personal voice of composer Ian Gottlieb. His concerto grosso, Even, written for Palaver Strings in its first year as an ensemble, expands the boundaries of the string orchestra medium, interweaving unity and individuality in a multitudinous fabric of divergent yet complementary solo lines. Even will be presented alongside two other exemplary concerti grossi by Correlli and Vaughan Williams, establishing it as the next innovative step in this string orchestra medium. The 3rd Grade String Orchestra students from Bridge Boston Charter School’s El Sistema program will play the Vaughan Williams alongside Palaver Strings and perform a piece they will arrange with Ian Gottlieb.  This performance will be part of our year-long Chamber Music Institute with Bridge Boston students.

PROGRAM:
CORRELLI Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6 No.8
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra
GOTTLIEB Even

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Parallel Freedoms
Apr
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

Parallel Freedoms

We find labels in every aspect of our world and lives.  As musicians, we’ve been labeled from the day we started taking lessons. Some of us play “fiddle,” some play jazz, and others play “classical” violin. Parallel Freedoms is an exploration of the blurred lines between these worlds, where classical and jazz composers inspire one another, and where we as classically trained musicians are inspired to program, arrange, and improvise music that reflects these parallel explorations of freedom. From Debussy’s boundary- breaking string quartet to the string writing of Charlie Parker and Esperanza Spalding, from lush and lilting melodies to swinging rhythms, we express our love for music regardless of its genre.

PROGRAM:
DEBUSSY String Quartet in G minor arr. for String Orchestra
TRENET La Mer
PARKER Laura
ANDRIESSEN Facing Death
SPALDING Really Very Small
LEWIS & HAMILTON How High the Moon

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Parallel Freedoms
Apr
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

Parallel Freedoms

We find labels in every aspect of our world and lives. As musicians, we’ve been labeled from the day we started taking lessons. Some of us play “fiddle,” some play jazz, and others play “classical” violin. Parallel Freedoms is an exploration of the blurred lines between these worlds, where classical and jazz composers inspire one another, and where we as classically trained musicians are inspired to program, arrange, and improvise music that reflects these parallel explorations of freedom. From Debussy’s boundary- breaking string quartet to the string writing of Charlie Parker and Esperanza Spalding, from lush and lilting melodies to swinging rhythms, we express our love for music regardless of its genre.

PROGRAM:
DEBUSSY String Quartet in G minor arr. for String Orchestra
TRENET La Mer
PARKER Laura
ANDRIESSEN Facing Death
SPALDING Really Very Small
LEWIS & HAMILTON How High the Moon

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Parallel Freedoms
Apr
22
3:00pm 3:00pm

Parallel Freedoms

  • Minsky Recital Hall @ Collins Center for the Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We find labels in every aspect of our world and lives. As musicians, we’ve been labeled from the day we started taking lessons. Some of us play “fiddle,” some play jazz, and others play “classical” violin. Parallel Freedoms is an exploration of the blurred lines between these worlds, where classical and jazz composers inspire one another, and where we as classically trained musicians are inspired to program, arrange, and improvise music that reflects these parallel explorations of freedom. From Debussy’s boundary- breaking string quartet to the string writing of Charlie Parker and Esperanza Spalding, from lush and lilting melodies to swinging rhythms, we express our love for music regardless of its genre.

PROGRAM:
DEBUSSY String Quartet in G minor arr. for String Orchestra
TRENET La Mer
PARKER Laura
ANDRIESSEN Facing Death
SPALDING Really Very Small
LEWIS & HAMILTON How High the Moon

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Trapped
May
18
7:30pm 7:30pm

Trapped

Palaver Strings, in collaboration with Strange News, will explore what it means to be trapped through theater and music. Trapped will feature short excerpts from different scripts, including Goethe's Faust, Poe's The Telltale Heart, Stoker's Dracula, Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper, Buchner's Woyzeck, Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo, Shakespeare's King Lear and Twelfth Night, and Ovid's Metamorphoses. Each selection will be paired with complementary musical excerpts. From tragic traps to comic ones, horrific traps to romantic ones, we will delve into ideas of confinement and deceit - literal and metaphorical, physical and psychological.

*This program is part of Palaver String’s residency at Boston Center for the Arts

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Trapped
May
19
7:30pm 7:30pm

Trapped

Palaver Strings, in collaboration with Strange News, will explore what it means to be trapped through theater and music. Trapped will feature short excerpts from different scripts, including Goethe's Faust, Poe's The Telltale Heart, Stoker's Dracula, Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper, Buchner's Woyzeck, Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo, Shakespeare's King Lear and Twelfth Night, and Ovid's Metamorphoses. Each selection will be paired with complementary musical excerpts. From tragic traps to comic ones, horrific traps to romantic ones, we will delve into ideas of confinement and deceit - literal and metaphorical, physical and psychological.

*This program is part of Palaver String’s residency at Boston Center for the Arts

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Something For The Pain
Sep
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

Something For The Pain

Our headlines are filled daily with news of violence, both in our towns and cities and around the world.  We are constantly on the brink of new conflict, faced with widening disparities in wealth, changing economies, the effects of climate change, and the largest wave of migration in recorded history. All the while, tensions and outbreaks of violence in our own country remind us how divided we still are, and how far we still have to go to respect and understand each other.  No matter  what are backgrounds and views, we feel  The weight of this conflicted world. As musicians, we believe music offers some relief, something for the pain, anger, and despair.  We also believe that music can bring us together in ways that words cannot, offering time for reflection and peace, it's only fleeting. 

PROGRAM:
SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 8 arr. for String Orchestra
BRIDGE Lament, H.117
MEEROPOL Strange Fruit arr. Goodin
PÄRT Trisagion

Tickets are $15, available for purchase here through Groupmuse!

Sponsored by Groupmuse and Boston University College of Fine Arts

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Screen Door Festival - Apollo & Daphne
Aug
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

Screen Door Festival - Apollo & Daphne

Two tellings of the Apollo and Daphne myth in which the independent-minded nymph Daphne resists the amorous advances of sun-god Apollo by changing into a beautiful tree with glossy, evergreen leaves. Conrad Cummings’ Where I Live was commissioned for a colloquium on the Baroque in contemporary architecture and music at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and is a setting of a gorgeous poem by Anne Sexton. We are delighted that the composer will join us in Maine for this performance. Händel’s secular cantata for two voices is ambitious and compelling. Pedja Muzijevic will direct the singers and the Palaver Strings instrumental ensemble from the harpsichord.

Program subject to change

CONRAD CUMMINGS Where I Live (1988)

HÄNDEL Apollo e Dafne (HWV 122)

** Palaver will be in residence at Bay Chamber Concerts' Screen Door Festival in August - a five-day musical gathering along one of the most scenic coastlines in the world. It features fresh performances by world-renowned musicians, presented in intimate venues, all in a distinctly relaxed summer-in-Maine atmosphere.

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Screen Door Festival - Freefall
Aug
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

Screen Door Festival - Freefall

On a warm summer night in Maine, Palaver shared the experience of lying in a field to watch a meteor shower. As we witnessed what appeared to be random astronomical explosions, we recognized our own story in the bursts of light amid the vastness of the night sky. For a young ensemble forging a new path in the professional world, the way forward is seldom clear. This is a story of stepping out into the unknown, of taking risks and making up the journey as we go along. Lean in, find comfort in your fear, and never be afraid to fall.

The program includes Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst, VAUGHAN WILLIAMS’ Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra, and arrangements of THELONIUS MONK’s Round Midnight, and ESPERANZA SPALDING’s Really Very Small, as well as one of their signature fiddle sets.

** Palaver will be in residence at Bay Chamber Concerts' Screen Door Festival in August - a five-day musical gathering along one of the most scenic coastlines in the world. It features fresh performances by world-renowned musicians, presented in intimate venues, all in a distinctly relaxed summer-in-Maine atmosphere.

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Honorary Concert Sponsors: Ms. Eleanor Poe Barlow & Ms. Caroline Seamans

 

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Screen Door Festival - Concert on the Green
Aug
18
1:00pm 1:00pm

Screen Door Festival - Concert on the Green

Palaver will play outdoors on the Camden Village Green; join us for a free lunchtime concert.

Palaver will be in residence at Bay Chamber Concerts' Screen Door Festival in August - a five-day musical gathering along one of the most scenic coastlines in the world. It features fresh performances by world-renowned musicians, presented in intimate venues, all in a distinctly relaxed summer-in-Maine atmosphere.

This is a FREE event!

 

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Screen Door Festival - Opening Concert
Aug
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Screen Door Festival - Opening Concert

A grand festival opening concert featuring many of the performers appearing throughout the week. The program includes Pedja Muzijevic playing MOZART’s luminous Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, K. 415 with Attacca Quartet, and a performance by Becca Stevens as well as appearances by cellist Michael NicolasPalaver Strings and Sixth Floor Trio.

**Palaver will be in residence at Bay Chamber Concerts' Screen Door Festival in August - a five-day musical gathering along one of the most scenic coastlines in the world. It features fresh performances by world-renowned musicians, presented in intimate venues, all in a distinctly relaxed summer-in-Maine atmosphere.

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Screen Door Festival - Free Yoga & Music Class
Aug
16
11:00am11:00am

Screen Door Festival - Free Yoga & Music Class

Palaver Strings will present a free yoga class, complete with live music. Yoga teachers, Missy Hatch and Deb Keene will choreograph the movements to the music. All are welcome!

Palaver will be in residence at Bay Chamber Concerts' Screen Door Festival in August - a five-day musical gathering along one of the most scenic coastlines in the world. It features fresh performances by world-renowned musicians, presented in intimate venues, all in a distinctly relaxed summer-in-Maine atmosphere.

This is a FREE event!
Donations welcome.

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Simple Gifts Tour - The Burren Backroom - Somerville, MA
Jun
11
8:00pm 8:00pm

Simple Gifts Tour - The Burren Backroom - Somerville, MA

On Palaver Strings' East Coast tour Simple Gifts, we will perform classical masterworks and folk melodies alike, framed by words from American poets, artists, historical figures, and current visionaries. Letting music take over where words fall short, we invite you to join us in a shared musical experience. As music gives us a time and place to reflect, we hope to bring communities closer together: made stronger by their diversity, wiser through dialogue, and more compassionate through shared experience. Palaver Strings' simple gift is music.

Simple Gifts Program

ARENSKY Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky                                                           DOWLAND Lachrimae Amantis (Lover’s Tears)                                                                 BARTOK Romanian Folk Dances arr. Goodin                                                                 BRACKETT Simple Gifts arr. Goodin                                                                                   BARTOK Divertimento for String Orchestra

**Music Starts at 8:00PM but feel free to come at 7:30PM to get a drink!

Tickets are $10 through Groupmuse. Get them here! 

Event poster by Artist, Anna French

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Simple Gifts Tour - Anchor House of Artists - Northampton
Jun
11
12:00pm12:00pm

Simple Gifts Tour - Anchor House of Artists - Northampton

As part of Palaver Strings' East Coast tour "Simple Gifts," we will present an interactive workshop at Anchor House of Artists in collaboration with local artists from the Pioneer Valley.  We will explore the relationships between music and visual art using paint, silent film, improvisation, and light projection. Join us for an engaging, participatory experience: we will move through space and sounds and create some art together. 

Suggested donation of $10 at the door. RSVP here!

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Simple Gifts Tour - A.P.E. Gallery - Northampton, MA
Jun
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Simple Gifts Tour - A.P.E. Gallery - Northampton, MA

On Palaver Strings' East Coast tour Simple Gifts, we will perform classical masterworks and folk melodies alike, framed by words from American poets, artists, historical figures, and current visionaries. Letting music take over where words fall short, we invite you to join us in a shared musical experience. As music gives us a time and place to reflect, we hope to bring communities closer together: made stronger by their diversity, wiser through dialogue, and more compassionate through shared experience. Palaver Strings' simple gift is music.

Simple Gifts Program

ARENSKY Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky                                                           DOWLAND Lachrimae Amantis (Lover’s Tears)                                                                 BARTOK Romanian Folk Dances arr. Goodin                                                                 BRACKETT Simple Gifts arr. Goodin                                                                                   BARTOK Divertimento for String Orchestra

Suggested donation of $10 at the door + See A.P.E. Gallery's website here

Palaver Strings will also present a workshop on the same day, 12pm at Anchor House of Artists in collaboration with local artists. Learn more and RSVP here!

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Simple Gifts Tour - Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center - Washington DC
Jun
9
6:00pm 6:00pm

Simple Gifts Tour - Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center - Washington DC

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (map)
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On Palaver Strings' East Coast tour Simple Gifts, we will perform classical masterworks and folk melodies alike, framed by words from American poets, artists, historical figures, and current visionaries. Letting music take over where words fall short, we invite you to join us in a shared musical experience. As music gives us a time and place to reflect, we hope to bring communities closer together: made stronger by their diversity, wiser through dialogue, and more compassionate through shared experience. Palaver Strings' simple gift is music.

Simple Gifts Program

ARENSKY Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky
DOWLAND Lachrimae Amantis (Lover's Tears)
BARTOK Romanian Folk Dances arr. Goodin                                                                     BRACKETT Simple Gifts arr. Goodin                                                                                     BARTOK Divertimento for String Orchestra

This performance is featured as part of the Kennedy Center's free daily performance series on its Millennium Stage in the Grand Foyer + See Upcoming Events Here! 

Event poster by Artist, Anna French

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Simple Gifts Tour - Our Saviour's Lutheran Church - Fairfield, CT
Jun
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Simple Gifts Tour - Our Saviour's Lutheran Church - Fairfield, CT

On Palaver Strings' East Coast tour Simple Gifts, we will perform classical masterworks and folk melodies alike, framed by words from American poets, artists, historical figures, and current visionaries. Letting music take over where words fall short, we invite you to join us in a shared musical experience. As music gives us a time and place to reflect, we hope to bring communities closer together: made stronger by their diversity, wiser through dialogue, and more compassionate through shared experience. Palaver Strings' simple gift is music.

Simple Gifts Program

ARENSKY Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky                                                           DOWLAND Lachrimae Amantis (Lover’s Tears)                                                                 BARTOK Romanian Folk Dances arr. Goodin                                                                 BRACKETT Simple Gifts arr. Goodin                                                                                   BARTOK Divertimento for String Orchestra

Suggested donation of $10 at the door!

Event poster by Artist, Anna French

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Simple Gifts Tour - Heartbeet Lifesharing Community Center - Hardwick, VT
Jun
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Simple Gifts Tour - Heartbeet Lifesharing Community Center - Hardwick, VT

On Palaver Strings' East Coast tour Simple Gifts, we will perform classical masterworks and folk melodies alike, framed by words from American poets, artists, historical figures, and current visionaries. Letting music take over where words fall short, we invite you to join us in a shared musical experience. As music gives us a time and place to reflect, we hope to bring communities closer together: made stronger by their diversity, wiser through dialogue, and more compassionate through shared experience. Palaver Strings' simple gift is music.

Simple Gifts Program

ARENSKY Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky                                                           DOWLAND Lachrimae Amantis (Lover’s Tears)                                                                 BARTOK Romanian Folk Dances arr. Goodin                                                                 BRACKETT Simple Gifts arr. Goodin                                                                                   BARTOK Divertimento for String Orchestra

Suggested donation of $10 at the door + See Heartbeet’s website here!

Event poster by Artist, Anna French

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Simple Gifts Tour - Massivemuse - Brooklyn, NY
Jun
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

Simple Gifts Tour - Massivemuse - Brooklyn, NY

On Palaver Strings' East Coast tour Simple Gifts, we will perform classical masterworks and folk melodies alike, framed by words from American poets, artists, historical figures, and current visionaries. Letting music take over where words fall short, we invite you to join us in a shared musical experience. As music gives us a time and place to reflect, we hope to bring communities closer together: made stronger by their diversity, wiser through dialogue, and more compassionate through shared experience. Palaver Strings' simple gift is music.

Simple Gifts Program

ARENSKY Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky                                                           DOWLAND Lachrimae Amantis (Lover’s Tears)                                                                 BARTOK Romanian Folk Dances arr. Goodin                                                                 BRACKETT Simple Gifts arr. Goodin                                                                                   BARTOK Divertimento for String Orchestra

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, available at Groupmuse here!

Event poster by Artist, Anna French

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Simple Gifts Tour - AS220 - Providence, RI
Jun
2
9:30pm 9:30pm

Simple Gifts Tour - AS220 - Providence, RI

On Palaver Strings' East Coast tour Simple Gifts, we will perform classical masterworks and folk melodies alike, framed by words from American poets, artists, historical figures, and current visionaries. Letting music take over where words fall short, we invite you to join us in a shared musical experience. As music gives us a time and place to reflect, we hope to bring communities closer together: made stronger by their diversity, wiser through dialogue, and more compassionate through shared experience. Palaver Strings' simple gift is music.

Simple Gifts Program

ARENSKY Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky                                                           DOWLAND Lachrimae Amantis (Lover’s Tears)                                                                 BARTOK Romanian Folk Dances arr. Goodin                                                                 BRACKETT Simple Gifts arr. Goodin                                                                                   BARTOK Divertimento for String Orchestra

Tickets $10 at the door + See AS220's website here!

Event poster by Artist, Anna French

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Simple Gifts Tour - One Longfellow Square - Portland, ME
May
31
8:00pm 8:00pm

Simple Gifts Tour - One Longfellow Square - Portland, ME

On Palaver Strings' East Coast tour Simple Gifts, we will perform classical masterworks and folk melodies alike, framed by words from American poets, artists, historical figures, and current visionaries. Letting music take over where words fall short, we invite you to join us in a shared musical experience. As music gives us a time and place to reflect, we hope to bring communities closer together: made stronger by their diversity, wiser through dialogue, and more compassionate through shared experience. Palaver Strings' simple gift is music.

Simple Gifts Program

ARENSKY Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky                                                           DOWLAND Lachrimae Amantis (Lover’s Tears)                                                                 BARTOK Romanian Folk Dances arr. Goodin                                                                 BRACKETT Simple Gifts arr. Goodin                                                                                   BARTOK Divertimento for String Orchestra

Tickets are online, $12 in advance and $15 day of. Get them here!

Event poster by Artist, Anna French

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Palaver and Friends @ The Burren
May
7
2:30pm 2:30pm

Palaver and Friends @ The Burren

The Burren is a Boston institution. Palaver Strings is a young ensemble of irrepressible energy and vitality. Let us groupmuse.

This is the fifth installment of an ongoing series of Palaver sessions in the Burren Backroom.

This concert will feature Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances, a few new duos for violin and viola, and a set with Lysander's band Trio Columba.

Come in for lunch, stay for the music, have a beer with the talent, hang out, be merry. All that good stuff that makes life worth living.

Yes, Boston. Yes.

Trio Culomba is a versatile vocal trio based in Cambridge. Informed by both the rigorous study and spontaneous joy of traditional music, Sophie Michaux, Adam Simon, and Lysander Jaffe will perform a dizzying array of delights from Bulgaria, Georgia, Corsica, and Ukraine, works by Bartok and Dufay, and original compositions. 

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Diverse and Sundry
Apr
22
6:00pm 6:00pm

Diverse and Sundry

In his 1630 account of New England, Francis Higginson describes it as “a land of divers and sundry sorts.” All these years later it is still an apt description, and in April we head to Maine, where Palaver Strings joins with long time friends The Gawler Sisters, on a double bill. From its rolling hills and lush forests, to its craggy shores and rock-filled fields, we come together in a cross genre celebration inspired by this diverse landscape. The program ranges from home-grown folk music, to the lush romance of Dvořák’s impression of the New World; New England natives and new converts alike express their love of this land through music - its beauty, rich history, and rugged character.

Diverse and Sundry Program:

Mark O’Connor, Appalachia Waltz  
Antonín Dvořák, Serenade in E  
John Dowland, Lachrimae Amantis (Lover’s Tears)  
Bela Bartok arr. Alex Goodin, Romanian Folk Dances
Gawler Sister’s New England Fiddle Set

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Family Music + Yoga
Apr
22
10:00am10:00am

Family Music + Yoga

Palaver will present a family-friendly yoga class, complete with live classical music!

Family Music + Yoga Program:

John Dowland, Lachrimae Amantis
Antonín Dvořák, Serenade in E
Mark O’Connor, Appalachia Waltz

Call the Bay Chamber office at (207) 236-2823 to reserve your free spot!

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Diverse and Sundry
Apr
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Diverse and Sundry

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In his 1630 account of New England, Francis Higginson describes it as “a land of divers and sundry sorts.” All these years later it is still an apt description, and in April we head to Maine, where Palaver Strings joins with long time friends The Gawler Sisters, on a double bill. From its rolling hills and lush forests, to its craggy shores and rock-filled fields, we come together in a cross genre celebration inspired by this diverse landscape. The program ranges from home-grown folk music, to the lush romance of Dvořák’s impression of the New World; New England natives and new converts alike express their love of this land through music - its beauty, rich history, and rugged character.

Diverse and Sundry Program:

Mark O’Connor, Appalachia Waltz  
Antonín Dvořák, Serenade in E  
John Dowland, Lachrimae Amantis (Lover’s Tears)  
Bela Bartok arr. Alex Goodin, Romanian Folk Dances
Gawler Sister’s New England Fiddle Set

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Palaver and Friends @ The Burren
Apr
9
2:30pm 2:30pm

Palaver and Friends @ The Burren

The Burren is a Boston institution. Palaver Strings is a young ensemble of irrepressible energy and vitality. Let us groupmuse.

This is the fourth installment of an ongoing series of Palaver sessions in the Burren Backroom.

Come in for lunch, stay for the music, have a beer with the talent, hang out, be merry. All that good stuff that makes life worth living.

Yes, Boston. Yes.

Program:

Mark O'Connor : Appalachia waltz
S.Prokofiev : Sonata for 2 violins in C major
A selection of Bass and Violin waltz duets
New England Fiddle Set

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Palaver and Friends @ The Burren
Mar
26
2:30pm 2:30pm

Palaver and Friends @ The Burren

The Burren is a Boston institution. Palaver Strings is a young ensemble of irrepressible energy and vitality. Let us groupmuse.

This is the third installment of an ongoing series of Palaver sessions in the Burren Backroom.

Come in for lunch, stay for the music, have a beer with the talent, hang out, be merry. All that good stuff that makes life worth living.

Yes, Boston. Yes.

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Entering Muse
Mar
18
8:00pm 8:00pm

Entering Muse

With spring waiting in the wings and the promise of new things to come, our Watertown performance features new music of our peers in and around the Boston area - bringing to life new sounds not yet heard. We will premiere a new piece for string orchestra by local composer Ian Gottlieb, along with Jessie Montgomery’s thrilling Starburst. The program will also feature a collaboration with the Cardamom Quartet on some of their original music composed by Ariel Friedman and Rachel Panitch. To round out the evening, Palaver Strings will perform music by their very own violist, Elizabeth Moore and delve into the realm of improvisation with bassist, Alex Goodin.

Entering Muse Program:

New music by:
Ariel Friedman                                                                                                               Ian Gottlieb
Elizabeth Moore
Jessie Montgomery
Rachel Panitch

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SPONSORED BY THE WATERTOWN CULTURAL COUNCIL, THE BOSTON FOUNDATION, & WATERTOWN SAVINGS BANK 

 

Cityscape-Boston, by Ellen Spencer

Cityscape-Boston, by Ellen Spencer

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Hammond Performing Arts Series
Mar
5
3:00pm 3:00pm

Hammond Performing Arts Series

Hammond Performing Arts Series Program:

Benjamin Britten, Simple Symphony
Anton Arensky, Variations on a theme from Tchaikovsky
John Dowland, Lachrimae Amantis
Béla Bártok, Divertimento for String Orchestra

Sponsored by Hammond Residential Real Estate

Admission is free, but consider bringing a non-perishable food item to support the Sharon/Stoughton Food Pantry!

Call 781-784-6771 or email Lmurphy@HammondRE.com to reserve your spot.

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Lover's Tears
Feb
25
8:00pm 8:00pm

Lover's Tears

What is love? For centuries, poets and musicians have been answering this question in their own ways. On this night we bring you the many faces of love, as seen through the eyes of history's most passionate composers; the poignant despair of Romeo and Juliet, the tears of John Dowland, the tortured passion of Leoš Janáček, the soulful joy of Arensky's Tchaikovsky Variations, and the bombastic fervor of Prokofiev. Every face is given it's due, and every side of this boundlessly spectacular emotion that unites us all explored. 

Lovers' Tears Program:

Nino Rota arr. Alex Goodin, Romeo and Juliet Love Theme
John Dowland, Lachrimae Amantis (Lover’s Tears)  
Sergei Prokofiev, Violin Duo
Leoš Janáček, String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”
Anton Arensky, Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky  

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SPONSORED BY THE BOSTON CULTURAL COUNCIL, THE COOPERATIVE BANK, AND COLDWELL BANKER 

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Palaver and Friends @ The Burren
Feb
5
2:00pm 2:00pm

Palaver and Friends @ The Burren

The Burren is a Boston institution. Palaver Strings is a young ensemble of irrepressible energy and vitality. Let us Groupmuse. This is the second installment of an ongoing series of Palaver sessions in the Burren Backroom. Come in for lunch, stay for the music, have a beer with the talent, hang out, be merry. All that good stuff that makes life worth living.

Yes, Boston. Yes.

Palaver and Friends Program:
String Quartet No. 2 "Intimate Letters" - Leos Janacek
Partita No. 2 in D minor for Solo Violin - J.S. Bach
Sonata for Two Violins, Op. 56 - Sergei Prokofiev
Histoire du Tango - Astor Piazzolla
Opus 11 - Corky Siegel

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Artists in Transit
Jan
28
8:00pm 8:00pm

Artists in Transit

For our concert in Boston Proper, we will take our audience on a travel route guided by musical selections of Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten, Béla Bartók and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Through the musical language of these composers we embark on an East meets West journey that explores the idea of being an outsider in a new land.  Despite the geographical and cultural boundaries that these composers experienced they draw pride and inspiration from the differences they experience while also finding common ground. Since many of us in Palaver are transplants from somewhere else we are delighted to collaborate with our friends, Molly Dee and John Branagan, from Boston University's Visual Arts Program to explore the different perspectives of our artistic experience in our beloved city of Boston. 

Artists in Transit Program:

Benjamin Britten, Simple Symphony
Ralph Vaughan Williams, Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus  
Gustav Holst, St. Paul’s Suite
Béla Bártok, Divertimento for String Orchestra

Sponsored by the Boston University College of Fine Arts

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Supra Feast
Dec
10
8:00pm 8:00pm

Supra Feast

The winter solstice has again snuck upon the Northern Hemisphere, and though the year's shortest day heralds the onset of winter, it also promises the gradual return of the sun after a prolonged period of darkness. This has been a time of gathering and celebration for cultures across the globe, as far back as recorded human history.

Palaver Strings' "Supra Feast" draws inspiration from the feasting traditions of the Republic of Georgia, in which food, drink, toasting, and song are intertwined. We will ward off the cold and dark with musical selections from all over Eastern Europe: works by Bartok, Schulhoff, and Aghabian, klezmer tunes, and, of course, Georgian folk song. Join Palaver for a night of food and drink, music and reflection, in this time of celebration.

Supra Feast Program: 

Erwin Schulhoff, Five Pieces for String Quartet
Béla Bártok, Divertimento for String Orchestra, Allegro assai
Vartan Aghababian, Armenian Suite  
Georgian Folk song, Supruli Feast Song
Bela Bartok arr. Alex Goodin, Romanian Folk Dances
Klezmer folk set

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From the Mouth of Babes
Nov
19
8:00pm 8:00pm

From the Mouth of Babes

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As young performers, we hope to inspire a love and appreciation for music in children and students, much as we were inspired not long ago. In November, Palaver Strings will give a series of concerts focused on family audiences in Quincy, MA.

Our evening performance in Quincy will be held at St. Chrysostom's Church.  The evening will feature a program of pieces written by composers in their youth, showing that wisdom can indeed come from the mouth of babes!  

From the Mouth of Babes Program: 


Felix Mendelssohn, String Symphony No. 9 in C Major  
Henry Purcell, Chacony in G Minor  
Benjamin Britten, Simple Symphony

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Lighthouse Keeper
Nov
19
10:00am10:00am

Lighthouse Keeper

Featuring Quincy composer Delvyn Case’s Lighthouse Keeper and Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony, Palaver Strings brings the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy a concert for families with young children. Lighthouse Keeper tells through music and narration the story of Abbie Burgess Grant, the 19th century teenager who tended a lighthouse off the coast of Maine during a great Nor’easter, saving the lives of countless sailors. Britten’s Simple Symphony is a piece of dynamic and contrasting movements, built on themes Britten composed when he was himself a young child.

Lighthouse Keeper Program:

Delvyn Case, Lighthouse Keeper
Benjamin Britten, Simple Symphony

No RSVP needed, just show up!

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Music@Noon
Nov
16
12:00pm12:00pm

Music@Noon

Bay Chamber Concerts is proud to present Palaver Strings on their Music@Noon series!

Music@Noon Program:

Antonin Dvorak, Nocturne in B Major
Ralph Vaughan Williams, Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus  
Felix Mendelssohn, String Symphony No. 9 in C Major
Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings

 

 

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