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Happy Holidays!

It’s not too late to give a year-end donation. Your generous support helps us continue Camerata’s 60+ years of bringing magnificent music to the world.

Why support the Boston Camerata? Leonard Bernstein had a great answer: Art changes life, and people. Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so they are…enriched, ennobled, encouraged; they then act in ways that may affect the course of events.

The Camerata does change people; you have told us that.

“An incredibly powerful performance…you made me cry!”
  – An audience member, after Tristan et Iseult in Rockport

“I can’t describe how much I loved the incredible production today.
Thank you for inviting me to take part of it! Just so very moving.”
  – A cast member, after Liberty Tree at Harvard University

Camerata’s music links different cultures around shared values. Anne and her magnificent colleagues express our highest ideals through their musical art, reinforcing the message of our common humanity. This is important and necessary work in our time, and it brings ineffable joy.

Please help the Camerata to continue. We ask you to support our work and our music with a generous gift. Our community, and the world, will be a better place as a result.


We render deepest homage to the great Friedrich von Huene, who died peacefully last Sunday near his wife Ingeborg, their children, and grandchild.

You will be reading elsewhere about Friedrich’s enormous contribution to the early instrument revival, his pioneering studies of historic wind instruments, his success in creating an independent business, and his profound influence on a younger generation of craftsmen/instrument makers.
Fredrich Von Huene
But what I want to evoke right now, so gratefully, is Friedrich’s wonderful presence in, and enthusiasm for, the art of early music. He and Inge were charter members of the Camerata of the Museum of Fine Arts (now the Boston Camerata), and their skill on a range of instruments, and evident love for the repertoires, made a deep and lasting impression on the youngster I was in 1963, performing for the first time with the ensemble. Friedrich loved to play. He had a rich and personal sound on recorders and flute, and his forward-looking energy imparted vitality and focus to what was at that early point a sometimes-tentative mix of professionals and amateurs.

Friedrich continued to perform with Camerata for several seasons after its change in directorship, and co-founded, with me, the Cambridge Consort. He and Inge remained connected for many years with the world of Boston performance, encouraging young musicians and mentoring so many of us with good advice and friendship. Friedrich and Inge, it must not be forgotten, were co-founders of the Boston Early Music Festival; their vision for our field lives happily on, and continues to inspire us.

I and the Boston Camerata are honored to have known Friedrich von Huene as colleague, mentor, and friend. At this time of sadness, but also of consoling memory of a life well lived, we send loving condolences to his wife and family.

Joel Cohen 5/11/2016