Welcome to Season 2017-18

Concert Calendar | Season 2017-2018 brochure (pdf) | Venues: Sanders Theatre | Arlington Street Church

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Dear Friends,

“The saddest heart must yield to the immense joy dispersed through the air.” So writes Paul Verlaine in the poem Gabriel Fauré chose for the finale of his song cycle “The Good Song” and of our thirty-fifth BCMS season. Verlaine was referring to the annual end of winter and the coming of spring. That line also captures how we hope you feel at the conclusion of each of our concerts! Your continuing and loyal support allow us to fulfill our mission to present the finest performances of the familiar, the rare, and the new in chamber music to the widest variety of listeners.

We have chosen to enjoy Season 2017-18 in the company of many of our best musical friends, some for the first time at BCMS; and to take our music making to new locations such as the Arlington Street Church on Saturday mornings, to the broadcast studio of WGBH Radio at the Boston Public Library, and to the Somerville High School in support of building its string program.

In concert we will sing ‘the good song’ in eight exciting programs at Sanders Theatre that explore close or unusual connections in ideas, place and time: between the music of Schumann and Brahms, mature works of prodigies, Mozart and Mendelssohn; between Schoenberg and the young Brahms. Our two poets, Lord Byron and Paul Verlaine, will decry the sway of tyrants and sing of love, respectively.

We will highlight the music of Debussy in the 100th year of his passing with performances of his string quartet and each of his three sonatas on the first four programs of the new year. Fauré’s La bonne chanson, dedicated to the woman who became Debussy’s wife, will complete the tribute in our final concert in its 1898 version.

Through all these and more, we hope to disperse immense joy through the air for this and many seasons to come.


Marcus A. Thompson, Artistic Director