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Somerville Museum Programs 2017


Sunday, January 8, 3:00 p.m. 

La Folia: Renaissance and Baroque Masterpieces from Spain.  

Ensemble Très Maresienne (Lisa Brooke, violin; Olav Chris Henriksen, vihuela & Baroque guitar; Carol Lewis, viola da gamba) perform music by Ortiz, Cabezon, Milan, Selma, Scarlatti, Sanz and de Murcia. The concert will feature four very different "Folia" variation sets spanning three centuries!

General admission: $20; $15 for students, seniors and Museum members. 

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Sunday, February 12, 3:00 p.m. 

In the Service of Her Majesty: Music from the World of Anthony Holborne. 

El Dorado Ensemble (Carol Lewis, Janet Haas, Mai-Lan Broekman, Paul Johnson, Alice Mroszczyk, violas da gamba; Olav Chris Henriksen, lute, bandora & cittern) perform renaissance dances, ballad tunes and fantasies by Holborne and his contemporaries, including Byrd, Morley and John Johnson.

General admission: $20; $15 for students, seniors and Museum members. 

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Sunday, February 26, 2:00 -3:00 p.m. Reception to follow

Charles Bulfinch and the Barrell Mansion 

Joseph Cornish, Director of Design Review for the Environmental Department, discusses the architecture of Charles Bulfinch, with particular reference to the Barrell mansion of Somerville.  

General Admission: $8; free to members.



Sunday, March 5, 3:00 p.m.  

From Minuet to Ragtime: The English Guitar and its Impact on the Early Banjo. 

Plucked-instrument experts Lauck Benson and Olav Chris Henriksen play a variety of solos and duos on English guitar, Spanish guitar, harp guitar lute, and banjo, including music by Oswald, Anne Ford, Marrella, Buckley, Foster, Stewart and Ossman. There will be a fugue, some jigs, and some surprises.

General admission: $20; $15 for students, seniors and Museum members. 

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Sunday, March 12, 2:00 -3:00 p.m. Reception to follow

Inventing the Charles RiverKarl Haglund. Haglund is Manager of the DCR's new Charles River Basin project and author of Inventing the Charles River. He is an entertaining speaker and will address the history of this major waterway near Somerville.  

General Admission: $8; free to members.




Sunday, April 23, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Somerville Open Studios First Look Exhibit: Opening Reception

The SOS First Look Exhibit offers the best opportunity to preview the studios and artists' work. All SOS participating artists are invited to submit work, creating a group show that is unparalleled in diversity and excitement. Come to SOS First Look to plan your weekend.

The exhibit continues through May 19, 2017.


SOS weekend hours (May 4-7): Thursday 2-7 pm, Friday 2-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm

Regular hours: Thursday 2-7pm, Friday 2-5 pm, Saturday noon-5pm

Duo Maresienne


Sunday, April 30, 3:00 p.m.

Gallant Fantasies: Music of Telemann, Baron, Weiss and Abel. 

Duo Maresienne (Carol Lewis, violas da gamba; Olav Chris Henriksen, Baroque lute) perform late Baroque works by several of the finest German masters of instrumental music, including newly discovered fantasies by Telemann and Weiss.

General admission: $20; $15 for students, seniors and Museum members. 

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Sunday, June 18, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Reception to follow

Revisiting  the  Flag  at  Prospect  Hill: Grand  Union  or  just  British?  A  talk  by Byron  DeLear

A Special  2017  Local  History  Lecture  in  Honor  of  Somerville's  175th  Anniversary

When  and  where  did  the  national  identity  of  the  United  States  of  America first form?    How  was  our   national  identity  tied  to  the  Grand  Union  Flag  flown  at Prospect  Hill  on  New  Year's  Day  of  1776?     DeLear  tells  a  tale  that  includes figures  such  as  General  Washington  and  Robert  Morris,  the  "financier   of  the American  Revolution"  and  iconic  flags  and  symbols  of  the  East  India Company and  more. 

Byron  DeLear  is  Editor  in  Chief  of  the  North  American  Vexillogical  Association   (NAVA),  the  primary  organization  for the  scientific  and  scholarly study of flags.

Economic History Series - Spring 2017

The Somerville Museum is bringing history into the community in this Economic History series co-presented with the Union Square Playlist. Special thanks to The Welcome Project, Aeronaut Brewing Co. and the Somerville Council on Aging for partnering with us to host events. Panels and talks at Aeronaut Brewing Co. are welcome to all ages (21+ to sample the brewery's craft beers), and some of the events will be followed by concerts. This discussion series is supported by Mass Humanities whose grants inspire considered thought, conversation, and action through the humanities. We're happy to participate in their mission to improve civic life in Massachusetts.


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Events schedule is posted on the Union Square Playlist Facebook Page



Weds., May 10, 6:30-8:00 p.m. held at The Welcome Project, 530 Mystic Avenue, Somerville


Weds., May 24, 6:30-8:00 p.m. held at Aeronaut Brewing Co., 14 Tyler Street, Somerville

Immigration and Somerville's Economy: A Historical Perspective: A Panel Discussion
Somerville is the most densely populated city in New England, and about a third of the city's 80,000 residents are immigrants. This panel discussion focuses on the historical role of immigration in Somerville's economy. Moderated by the Massachusetts Historical Society's Director of Programs Gavin W. Kleespies, the panel includes public historian Edward Gordon, the Welcome Project's Executive Director Ben Echevarria and members of Somerville's business community. How have immigrants from Ireland, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Haiti, Cape Verdi, and other Central and South American countries shaped early Somerville? The panel at Aeronaut Brewing Co. will be followed by a performance from Bolivia Canta. Bolivia Canta formed over 15 years ago to showcase music from the Andes in the Boston area. The band has played every Friday night at Somerville's Machu Picchu Restaurant for the last ten years.

Read an article about this program: Historians and entrepreneurs discuss Somerville’s immigration and economy


Saturday, May 13, 2017, noon - 1:30 p.m. held at Aeronaut Brewing Company
An Economic History of Somerville, Massachusetts
Co-sponsored with the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission
This is a repeat of historian Ed Gordon's sold-out March 15th discussion event at Aeronaut. The talk and Q&A ends at 1:30 with plenty of time to take in  Porchfest 2017 which runs until 6 pm. Ed Gordon's talk is supported in part by Mass Humanities. 


Wednesday, May 31, 10:30 a.m. held at the Somerville Council on Aging, 167 Holland Street, Somerville


Wednesday, June 21, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. held at Aeronaut Brewing Company

A History of Somerville's Oldest Commercial District: Union Square
Charan Devereaux presents a slideshow and discussion about the economic history of Somerville's oldest commercial district, Union Square. The discussion will profile some of the Square's biggest employers beginning in the 1800s, including the meat-packing, glass-blowing, and textile finishing industries.

The Aeronaut Brewing Co. event will also feature a selection of photographs and histories of businesses spanning the last 100 years, and will be followed by Union Square Playlist artist Josh Lederman at 8:00 p.m.





Sunday, September 10, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

The Old Powder House's 300 Years of History

Lawrence Willwerth discusses the history of the Powder House.
Reception to follow.

General Admission: $8; free to members of HS or the Somerville Museum.



Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Le Petit Concert: Chamber Music from 18th-century France

Duo Maresienne (Carol Lewis, pardessus de viole & bass viola da gamba; Olav Chris Henriksen, theorbo & baroque guitar) perform music from the elegant age of Louis XV. There will be an enchanting chaconne, sprightly dances, and pieces with many different characters by Marais, Dollé, Hugard, de Visée & Campion.

Admission is $20 for the general public, $15 for students, seniors, and Museum members.

Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

La Romanesca: A Variety of Lute and Guitar Music from Rome. Music from the Eternal City

Olav Chris Henriksen (lute, theorbo, baroque guitar) plays toccatas, a sinfonia, a passacaglia and other baroque treats by Frescobaldi, Kapsperger, Foscarini and Colista. The concert will feature Pierre Gaultier's "Battle" for lute in sharp tuning.

Admission is $20 for the general public, $15 for students, seniors, and Museum members.


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