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Our 6th Season has developed from asking "who are we and what are our wishes?" Ensemble Lyrae has spent many months reflecting, questioning, and enjoying the discovery of who we are and what we want to bring to the world. Our name was chosen for the constellation Lyra, comprised of five stars, and is associated with Orpheus and his lute. As our constellation shifts in time, we welcome a new light and new sound!

With the naked eye, approximately 6,000 stars can be seen in optimal conditions. It's no wonder that these tiny balls of gas have fascinated humans for centuries; been invaluable to prophets, sailors, and ancient civilizations; and served as inspiration to countless poets, composers, and artists alike.

Ensemble Lyrae's 2022-2023 Season, "Star light, Star bright," uses the stars to guide our music and storytelling. The simplicity of the timeless nursery rhyme might seem trite in these trying times, but we find that simplicity is clarity.

In our December concert program "Star light," we will explore a myriad of references to stars, celestial light, and the radiance cast upon the earth in a seasonal celebration of song. We will share music by Dan Forrest, Craig Courtney, Jason Robert Brown, Sarah Quartel, Leonardo Ciampa, John Jacob Niles, and many more.


There are two opportunities to enjoy this night of heavenly light.

Sunday, December 11 at 4:00 PM

Shirley Meeting House

41 Brown Rd., Shirley, MA

Saturday, December 17 at 7:00 PM

St. John the Evangelist Parish

2254 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Advance Tickets: $15 General Admission; $10 Seniors/Students


Tickets at the door: $20 General Admission; $15 Seniors/Students


Christmas at Mechanics

Wednesday, December 14 12:00 PM

Mechanics Hall

321 Main Street, Worcester, MA



Star bright

Wonderful things are in the works for our Spring 2023 concert, "Star bright." As the title implies, this concert will compliment our December offering, focusing on humanity's connection to the stars and celestial bodies and the general wonder they inspire in us. More details are forthcoming, so stay tuned!

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