Eudaimonia & Improbable Beasts Celebrate St. Cecilia’s Day

  • United Parish in Brookline, 210 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA
  • November 20, 2022
    7:30 pm

Here’s your chance to delight in a collaboration between two unusual Boston musical groups – crossover historical ensemble Eudaimonia, A Purposeful Period Band and Boston’s premiere (and only) bass clarinet ensemble Improbable Beasts – to honor St. Cecilia, the 3rd-century patron saint of music, with early works re-conceived and new works folded in. Presented in social-action partnership with Tunefoolery Music, a Boston-based organization for musicians in mental health recovery.

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​This program consists of august music for an auspicious occasion by Handel, Purcell, and Telemann, along with compositions and arrangements by Improbable Beasts director Jonathan Russell. Featured Eudaimonia performers are Carrie Cheron (mezzo soprano), Anna Griffis (violin), Diane Heffner (clarinet/chalumeau/saxophone), Na’ama Lion (period flutes) Colleen McGarry (baroque cello), Julia McKenzie (violin/co-director), Vivian Montgomery (harpsichord/accordion/co-director), and Pamela Murray (soprano), and other Improbable Beasts include Amy Advocat, Monica Duncan, Celine Ferro, Gary Gorczyca, Bill Kirkley, Marguerite Levin, Kathy Matasy, and Julie Stuckenschneider.

We’re excited to be sharing this program with Improbable Beasts, an ensemble that explores the deep and varied sound world of low reeds vibrating together in a full range of repertoire, and its expert members are some of the most sought-after clarinetists in the Boston area, regularly appearing with groups such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and numerous regional orchestras, new music groups, and chamber ensembles.

And we’re happy to return to a partnership with Tunefoolery Music, a community of over 60 musicians in mental health recovery where musicians find purpose and identities as creative performing artists, performing for over 200,000 people at mental health centers, shelters, hospitals, conferences, nursing homes, and for the general public. They emphasize their musicians’ strengths in performance, education, and paid work to help them become artists who can share the gift of music and hope with others.