Crying “humbug” to the cold and the snow…

…these good people are merrily dancing their way to MIT in Cambridge, and to the Camerata’s new offering of late-medieval masterpieces: “Of All the Flowers.” Hear the organetto, pictured on the right, plus a seductive consort of other instruments and voices, on March 6.


…and this magnificent motet by Johanes Ciconia will be one of the highlights of the March 6 concert on MIT campus, featuring French and Italian masterworks of the 14th and 15th centuries. Find out more at here. See you there?


From the first time that violinist Ben Powell touched bow to string in a Camerata concert (if memory serves, it was at the Rocky Hill Meeting House in Amesbury, Ma.), we knew he had the right stuff! Well, now the rest of the nation can find out, too, thanks to the most recent episode of “Two and a Half Men.”
To celebrate Ben’s TV début, and Valentine’s day in general, we will offer a FREE download of a Camerata album to the first person who correctly identifies the composer of the tune Ben is playing on this clip. Hint: it’s not Machaut. On your marks…

The Sacred Bridge: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Medieval Europe

Back by popular demand! The Sacred Bridge is an interfaith celebration unlike any other. Discover with us the common musical roots of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, and the astonishing and beautiful interactions among these traditions. Our program includes elements of Jewish liturgy, Gregorian and Koranic chant, songs and texts of Jewish minstrels, Sephardic folksong, medieval Spanish Cantigas, and Judaeo-Islamic music from the ancient Andalusian tradition. We are joined by Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble.
March 29th, 3:00pm, Pickman Concert Hall, Cambridge, MA


Congratulations to all the Camerata friends and collaborators, present and past, who shared in the classical Grammy award last night. To cite the eminent troubadour Cole Porter, you’re the top!

Anne decrypts and sings…

Anne decrypts and sings a troubadour song for her special Boston University seminar, 2/8/15. There is life after snow.


In recent seasons Arthur Jaffe’s delightful Center for Book Arts, of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, sponsored several events around the work of the Boston Camerata’s Anne Azéma and Joel Cohen. Arthur died peacefully yesterday at an advanced age. We remember him with gratitude and affection. The following text, dated January 14, must have been one of the last that he composed. How honored we feel to have been in his generous thoughts.
“Hello again, Arthur Jaffe here.
“One of my favorite things about the Jaffe Center for Book Arts is its diversity of ideas. Our staff often comes up with program ideas that have nothing at all to do with the book arts, at least at the surface, and there are times when I think the place would be better named the Jaffe Center for Creativity. This is certainly the case with two programs coming up later this month with members of The Boston Camerata. I think a lot of you will think you’ve never heard of The Boston Camerata, but if you listen to Public Radio, you’ve heard their music. They are one of the leading ensembles researching, recording, and performing early music today, and I love the way The Boston Camerata makes early music come alive for contemporary audiences.”

A big snowstorm gives the Vikings…

…of the Boston Camerata a chance to hack through some accumulated desk work. Some of that is actually fun: finishing up the March concert programs, including marvelous late medieval music for MIT, and our interfaith “Sacred Bridge” tour at month’s end.

Yves Rouquette, we are going to miss you!

You toured with Camerata in Europe several times, read the Christmas story, in your own Occitan translation, on our “Nativitat” recording, and collaborated with great, benevolent energy in a number of our medieval music workshops . Through the years you remained a warmhearted, generous friend with a big soul. It was a privilege to have shared many happy hours with you; may you rest in peace.

Interview with Julie Burros

Boston’s new Chief of Arts and Culture, Julie Burros, took time recently to talk with Polly Carl about her new role and the significance of being chief.