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Virtual Exhibit Portrays the Faces of Covid

Somerville photographer Katherine Taylor has been putting a human face on the coronavirus crisis.  Taylor created a website called Masks of Boston and a forthcoming virtual exhibit at the Somerville Museum.   “Who Do You Wear a Mask For?” features portraits of over 100 people wearing protective masks, accompanied by personal stories, told as textual […]


Grand Ballet de Cour: French Renaissance Music from the Court of Louis XIII

Mezzo-soprano Carrie Cheron is featured in a concert of early 17th-century French music, as the Somerville Museum continues its season of Early Music Afternoons.  Ms. Cheron will join El Dorado Ensemble (Carol Lewis, Karen Burciaga, Hannah Davidson, Mai-Lan Broekman and Alice Mroszczyk, viols; Olav Chris Henriksen, lute and renaissance guitar) in music by Guédron, Moulinié, […]


Somerville’s Ambassador of Harmony

Please join us for an evening of history and music with Professors Dan Breen and Mina Cho! Composer Henry Hadley (1871-1937) was one of the most performed and published American composers of his time. Born in Somerville to a musical family, Hadley’s mother was active in local church music as a member of Somerville’s First […]


Faith in a City Community Concert

Please join us on Saturday, December 7th at 6:30 PM at Arts at the Armory as the Somerville Museum presents a Faith in a City Community Concert! “Faith in a City” is a project exploring religion in Somerville as a way to better understand our community. The event features: — Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz and members of the congregation of Temple […]


An American Guitar Album: U.S. Guitarists from the Parlor to the Archtop Guitar

The 2019-2020 season of Early Music Afternoons continues on Sunday, December 1, 2019 with a concert of 19th– and 20th-century music from our own United States performed by Olav Chris Henriksen on six different guitars.   The program, entitled “An American Guitar Album”, will feature many different styles of music spanning the century from about 1820 […]


The Venice of the North: 17th-century Music from the Netherlands

The new season of Early Music Afternoons begins on Sunday, November 3, 2019, with a concert of 17th-century chamber music from the Netherlands performed by Duo Maresienne (Carol Lewis, viola da gamba; Olav Chris Henriksen, lutes and theorbo).  The duo will play sonatas, suites and fantasies by Schenck, Fresnau, Schop, Vallet, Sweelinck and others.  The […]


History of Speakeasies

Prohibition was the death of the traditional American saloon, and the ruin of many a brewery–but at least it was the making of the Speakeasy. Join us for a talk about the history of how Speakeasies helped the beer-drinkers of Somerville endure the bleak years 1920-1933, led by historian, Dan Breen. This event is co-sponsored […]


Lautengalanterie: German Baroque Lute Duets

The final concert in the 2018-2019 season of Early Music Afternoons will be a very special program of German music for two baroque lutes, performed by lutenists Timothy Burris and Olav Chris Henriksen. Entitled “Lautengalanterie”, the program will include music by Telemann, Hagen, Weiss and others.  The concert will take place at 3:00 pm on […]


Somerville Open Studios

Somerville Open Studios takes place the first weekend in May each year.  This year some studios will open Friday evening, May 3rd from 6-9 PM and across the city on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 from 12 Noon to 6 PM, three hundred artists will open their studios to the art-loving public.  Map […]


Take A Peek Inside Somerville’s Museums

Check out local museums that highlight the tiny, the bad, and the historic The Friend Smithsonian Museum Martha Friend is, by all definitions of the word, an artist. After retiring from full-time work a few years ago, she dove headfirst into full-time creativity. “I was just dying to do something big and creative,” she says. […]


La Romanesca: A Variety of Lute and Guitar Music from Rome

The 2017-2018 season of Early Music Afternoons continues on Sunday, November 26, 2017 with a concert of baroque music from Rome performed by Olav Chris Henriksen, lute, theorbo and baroque guitar. Entitled “La Romanesca”, the program will include music by Frescobaldi, Kapsperger, Foscarini, Valdambrini and others.  The concert will take place at 3:00 pm at […]


La Romanesca: A Variety of Lute and Guitar Music from Rome

The 2017-2018 season of Early Music Afternoons continues on Sunday, November 26, 2017 with a concert of baroque music from Rome performed by Olav Chris Henriksen, lute, theorbo and baroque guitar. Entitled “La Romanesca”, the program will include music by Frescobaldi, Kapsperger, Foscarini, Valdambrini and others.  The concert will take place at 3:00 pm at […]