2017 Boston Spring Lecture Series

Another season of exciting events, each preceded by a reception.

All presentations will be at the Chilton Club, 287 Dartmouth Street in Boston’s Back Bay.  Each reception begins at 6:30, with the lecture following at 7:00.

Lecture Series Package (three lectures):  $130 for members; $160 for non-members

Individual tickets:  $50 for members; $60 for non-members


The ticket price includes a cocktail reception at the Chilton Club before each program.  

To purchase tickets, please send a check to:

Ms. Susan Angelastro
Save Venice Boston
65 Mt. Vernon Street, Apt. 8
Boston MA  02108

For more information about these programs or details about becoming a Save Venice Boston Lecture Patron, please contact James Johnson at jhj@bu.edu.


Masterworks by Monteverdi

Tue, March 14, 6:30pm
Please note this event was postponed for inclement weather

Scott Allen Jarrett, director of Music at Marsh Chapel and resident conductor of Boston’s Handel + Haydn Society chorus, leads an early-music ensemble of singers and instrumentalists in music by Claudio Monteverdi.  During his three-decade career as director of music at St. Mark’s, Monteverdi wrote works uniquely suited to the soaring spaces of the basilica, as well as pieces more appropriate for private audiences and intimate gatherings. 

The performance presents sacred and secular music from this extraordinary composer, with excerpts from Monteverdi’s monumental Vespri della Beata Virgine, 1610, and motets from his Selva Morale e Spirituale. Maestro Jarrett will offer remarks situating the music in San Marco and the wider cultural setting of Venice.

Abundance and the Image of Venice, 1250-1600

Wed, April 26th, 6:30pm

Art historian Michael Jacoff, widely known for his book The Horses of San Marco (1993), will speak from his recent work on the thirteenth-century depictions of artisans and shopkeepers in the central portal of St. Mark’s Basilica.  These vivid reliefs of bakers, butchers, ship-builders, and other tradesmen chronicle the daily work of Venetians and touch larger themes of the period. 

Professor Jacoff will describe how the creators of these remarkable scenes projected an image of Venice that was resonant in their own day and for centuries to come.

Echoes of Venice:  A Concert with Remarks

Tue, May 16th, 6:30pm

The acclaimed pianist Roberto Poli performs a rich program of solo works inspired by Venice, the city whose lapping waves and gondoliers’ cries turn the very atmosphere into music.  Included on the program are Fryderyk Chopin’s sumptuous Barcarolle and his Souvenirs de Paganini, the shimmering Gondoliera by Franz Liszt, and Felix Mendelssohn’s luminous evocation of the songs of Venetian boatmen.

A native of Venice, Mr. Poli has received international praise for the “pure magic” of his artistry, with performances throughout North American, Europe, and Asia.  He will offer remarks that place the composers and their music within the cultural world that inspired them.