bridge boston charter school - chamber music institute

We are very excited to launch our Chamber Music Institute at Bridge Boston Charter School in Roxbury, MA, this October.  Building on the school’s incredible El Sistema orchestra program, the CMI will give motivated students the opportunity to take their talent to the next level, participating in chamber music coachings and receiving weekly one-on-one instruction from a Palaver Strings Teaching Artist.  The CMI will be run by six members from Palaver Strings who will provide over 800 hours of instruction to 20 students between 4th and 6th grade over the course of 30 weeks. The primary goal of the Institute  is to aid dedicated students in reaching their full potential  through focused individual instruction, while also teaching communication and leadership skills through chamber music.

Bridge Boston Charter School is a tuition-free public school that serves Boston’s children through a combination of rigorous academics, a focus on the whole child, and full-service programming. Bridge’s students include some of the most economically and socially disadvantaged in the city:  20% have been homeless, 20% have received support from the Department of Children and Families, 22% receive Special Education services, 39% are English Language Learners, and all are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Read more about Bridge Boston Charter School here>>


boston center for the arts residency

Boston Center for the Arts launches music programming on its South End campus by providing a full-year residency to Palaver Strings for the 2017–2018 season. This residency will support Palaver Strings' commitment to engaging new and diverse audiences for classical music through performance and community outreach and will focus on the growth of the musician-led orchestra as well as the development of new work. Palaver Strings will present two projects that are grounded in new compositions and incorporate theater, spoken word, and visual arts: Seeking Sanctuary, which showcases and celebrates the experiences of Boston immigrants, and Trapped, which delves into issues of confinement and deceit. Palaver Strings will receive performance, rehearsal and administrative space through the residency, as well as support and mentorship for production, audience development and administration.


boston medical center residency

Palaver Strings will enter our fourth year of working with the Boston Medical Center to strengthen an atmosphere of healing, peace, and community by bringing live classical music to three separate institutions on the BMC campus. Members of Palaver Strings will engage with patients, residents, families, doctors, and staff through intimate discussions and performances at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, Roca Boston, and various units of the medical center. We hope that by performing in spaces that many associate with uncertainty and fear, we will reach people who may be going through difficult times and who can benefit the most from the therapeutic, uplifting, and transformative power of music.


Lullaby project

The Lullaby Project, initiated by Carnegie Hall, brings pregnant women and new mothers together with professional musicians to write original lullabies for their babies. The project is completed in three sessions: reflection and brainstorming, songwriting, and recording. The project provides innovative prenatal support to families in difficult circumstances, supporting maternal health and child development and strengthening the bond between parent and child.  Palaver has completed two Lullaby Projects in a partnership with Boston Medical Center. In June 2017, project participant Caitlin Gillespie performed her lullaby, “Harper Rose,” at Carnegie Hall, alongside two members of Palaver.

In Season 4 we look forward to working with 10-15 mothers, in collaboration with social workers and nurses from Boston Medical Center, Vital Villages, Rosie’s Place, and our songwriting producer and engineer, Matthew Brady.  After the three sessions have been completed and the songs recorded, Palaver Strings and five participating mothers will perform their lullabies at the Huntington Ave Theater. The concert program, A dormir a sonar, will explore the dynamic of unconditional love between parent and child and will also feature a special collaboration with pianist Moisès Fernández Via. Our goal for this performance is to create a space that blurs the lines between audience and performer, giver and receiver, where stories and experiences can be shared. After the concert, Palaver will invite all participants to reflect on their experiences. Read more about the Lullaby Project here>>


Life songs project

Palaver Strings will partner for a second time with ETHOS and Fenway Health’s LGBT Aging Project to complete a songwriting workshop for older adults in the LGBT community. Based on our work with the Lullaby Project, we wanted to offer a similar workshop for a community that is often overlooked in our society. Palaver will work with 5 participants and songwriting producer and engineer, Matthew Brady, to write and record songs in October 2017. These songs will be performed as part of our concert, Beautiful and Bizarre, on November 4, 2017 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain.

The mission of the LGBT Aging Project is to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults have equal access to the life-prolonging benefits, protections, services, and institutions that their heterosexual neighbors take for granted. It was founded in 2001 by a group of advocates from both the aging service network and the LGBT community who recognized the invisibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elders to mainstream elder service providers, as well as within the LGBT community at large.


bay chamber concerts residency

Bay Chamber Concerts Music Festival and Community Music School in Rockport, Maine has been a vital collaborator and advocate for Palaver’s development since our founding.  The entire ensemble visits Bay Chamber three times per year to give concerts, workshops, and rehearse in a beautiful setting on the Coast of Maine.  We are thrilled to continue to bring diverse programming and workshops to the organization throughout our fourth season.