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2019-2020 Season


Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song


“Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song”, highlights music inspired by literature. Joined by guest artist Naoko Sugiyama, Ensemble Lyrae recalls favorite stories from childhood that were not only memorable, but exhilarating to composers. From classics like Little Women and Hansel and Gretel to more modern favorites like Lord of the Rings and Goodnight Moon, this program presents a broad collection of literature for our audience to explore.


Sunday, October 20, 2019  at 4:00 PM

Shirley Meeting House

41 Brown Road, Shirley, MA ​


     $15 General Admission

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 3:00 PM

New School of Music

25 Lowell Street, Cambridge, MA ​


     FREE General Admission


Sunday, October 27, 2019 

The Commons in Lincoln (private event)


Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Musical Sunday's Series

Morrill Memorial Library

33 Walpole Street, Norwood, MA ​


     FREE General Admission


Still WE Rise: Changing HERStory

With Guest Artists: 

Naoko Sugiyama, piano

Stephen DeBenedictis, percussion

“Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.”

     Inspired by the words of Maya Angelou, Ensemble Lyrae’s Spring 2020 concert, “Still WE Rise: Changing HERstory”, explores the theme of women throughout history who have persisted in the face of obstacles. This program celebrates those who have spoken up, risen up, fought for what is right, and paved the way for others by changing the course of history. Works include the stories and/or words of women such as Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Malala Yousafzai, Abigail Adams, Louisa May Alcott, and Anne Frank, among many others. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, the program includes a set of suffragette songs, never taking for granted this fundamental right. 


     We stand on the shoulders of the courageous women who came before us. While we have made much progress, there is still work to be done. Women and men are waking and rising to the call for conscious engagement around widespread imbalances.

WE rise
WE rise
  WE rise. 

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 8:00 PM

Longy School of Music of Bard College

27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 



Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 3:00 PM

The Community House

284 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA


Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 4:00 PM

Shirley Meeting House

41 Brown Road, Shirley, MA 

     FREE General Admission

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