Ensemble Lyrae to Partner

with ArCS Cluster  

     Ensemble Lyare is honored to announce their collaboration with ArCS Cluster during their Finding Home concert series. 

     ArCS Cluster mobilizes teams of volunteers to support local refugees and asylum seekers who have critical needs.  The organizations provides a range of services to assist these individuals and families in creating homes, finding work and establishing independent lives in the communities to which they have come.   ArCS Cluster's volunteers help those they serve in accessing critical services including safe housing, food, clothing, transportation, medical assistance, vocational training, and much more. 

     Ensemble Lyrae has invited representatives from this organization to speak about their work with refugees in the cities of Arlington, Cambridge, Somerville, and surrounding communities in Massachusetts.

2018-2019 Season Announcement     

     There is only one certainty in life, and that is change. Almost in an instant, clarity can shift to confusion, turmoil to peace, and joy to sorrow. During their 2018-2019 season, “Transitions,” Ensemble Lyrae explores the fluidity of the human condition.

     In Fall 2018, their concert program “Expressions of Light and Dark” probes the subtleties found in all visions of light and shadow. Through works by Felix Mendelssohn, Zoltán Kodály, Gustav Holst, Adam Guettel, Ola Gjeilo, and many more, these degrees of luminosity will evoke a sensational experience for audiences. Ensemble Lyrae continues to introduce new music for women’s voices through the commission of Brian John and his setting of “You, Darkness” with text by Rainer Maria Rilke, and a fresh interpretation of Disney’s “All in the Golden Afternoon” by Eva Kendrick.

Please join us for a resplendent event at any of the following venues:

Sunday, October 21, 4:00 PM

Shirley Meeting House 

41 Brown Rd, Shirley, MA 01464

Saturday, October 27, 7:30 PM 

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 

838 Massachusetts Ave

Cambridge, MA 02139

Saturday, November 10, 2:00 PM

Morse Institute Library 

14 E Central St.

Natick, MA 01760


     In Spring 2019, their concert program “Finding Home” ponders the complexity of finding a place to call home, especially for those fleeing from war, famine, and oppression, and those seeking asylum in new lands of sanctuary and opportunity. Ensemble Lyrae brings to the forefront works by immigrant composers, including Béla Bartók and Irving Berlin, as well as works that share stories of immigration – the hardships, the hopes, and the fears.


Performances will take place at the following venues: 

Saturday, March 9, 2019 7:30 PM

Harvard Epworth Church

1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA ​

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 12:00 PM

Music at Whitehead Series

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

455 Main Street

Cambridge, MA 


Ensemble Lyrae Celebrates Heroes in 2017-2018 Concert Season

Boston-based vocal chamber group, Ensemble Lyrae, sings the praises of

Veterans in November 2017 and Women Trailblazers in March 2018.


     Ensemble Lyrae is pleased to announce their exciting 2017-2018 Concert Season. Inspired by those who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of justice and freedom, Ensemble Lyrae have crafted two programs to illuminate the sacrifices made for the greater good.


     The first program, “For Thee We Sing: A Musical Tribute to Our Veterans,” honors the military service and sacrifice of all men and women in uniform, their families, and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. From the frontlines, as in John Kander’s deeply moving setting of “A Letter from Sullivan Ballou,” to the home front, as with the hopeful “Tie A Yellow Ribbon,” the program explores the complexities of war through music crossing the centuries. Other favorites, including “White Cliffs of Dover,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” which offered the often much-needed morale boost to soldiers and civilians alike.  Ensemble Lyrae has commissioned two pieces written by local composers, Charles Tarver and Brian John. The first, a setting of the poem “In Flanders Field” and the second, an arrangement of  the well-known “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The audience will be invited to raise their own voices in a sing-along of several beloved patriotic songs.


Audiences will have three opportunities to hear this program:

Friday, November 10, 7:30 PM

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

838 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139


Saturday, November 11, 7:00 PM

 The Shirley Meeting House  

41 Brown Rd, Shirley, MA 01464


Sunday, November 19, 1:00 PM

Christ Congregational Church

1350 Pleasant St, Brockton, MA 02301


     The second program picks up the threads of the conversation begun with Senator Elizabeth Warren’s reading to the Senate of Coretta Scott King’s letter in February 2017. In declaring the letter on the Senate floor, Warren, like many other women before her, made choices that weren’t easy and risked a great deal to reputation and well-being. Ensemble Lyrae, under the very title of a warning given to Warren for her behavior, present “Nevertheless, She Persisted.” Delving into compositions by women, Ensemble Lyrae grapples with questions of gender-equality and feminism, and acknowledges the efforts made by women to change history. Works by Hildegard von Bingen, Lili Boulanger, and Clara Schumann, up to today’s Jennifer Higdon and Julianna Hall will be featured.  Ensemble Lyrae is also pleased to welcome harpist Alix Raspé as guest artist on the program.


Audiences can experience these concerts on and at the following:

Friday, March 9th at 7:30pm

First Parish Milton 

535 Canton Ave, Milton, MA 02186


Saturday, March 10th at 7:30pm

Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church 

1555 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

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