This program explores the gradual return of light marked by the winter solstice. Through thin sunbeams, quiet snowfall and frosted windows, there is warmth and comfort in the measured lengthening of daylight. Our program opens with Winter, from Vivaldi’s beloved Four Seasons, followed by Max Richter’s On the Nature of Delight–a meditation that juxtaposes desolation with pure beauty and gentleness. The program culminates with Mendelssohn’s radiant Octet. With soaring melodies and warm, youthful brilliance, the octet encapsulates the promise of spring.


Palaver Strings is a musician-led string ensemble and nonprofit organization founded in Boston in 2014. Now in its fifth season, Palaver has established itself as a forward-thinking ensemble whose mission is rooted in community and creative programming. Palaver has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Shalin Liu Performance Center, and a celebration of the Lullaby Project at Carnegie Hall, and has toured the East and West Coasts of the United States. Palaver has been Ensemble in Residence at the Boston Center for the Arts since 2017, and continues a longstanding residency at Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, ME. Equally passionate about education, Palaver plans to open the Palaver Community Music School in Portland, ME in 2019, with the goal of fostering creativity and dialogue and making high-quality music education accessible to students of all backgrounds.


VIVALDI: Winter from Four Seasons
(Guest Soloist: Nicholas Kitchen, first violin of Borromeo Quartet)
RICHTER: On the Nature of Daylight
MENDELSSOHN: Octet in E-flat major
CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Toccata for Organ (arr. by Palaver member Jesse MacDonald)

 Tickets: $15 general admission

Sponsored in part by the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation.