If Music Could Talk: Sheffield Chamber Players—Musica Cordis
May 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

New Date! New Program!

The concert is on! Online, that is. Back in March, we rescheduled the Sheffield Chamber Players to May 29, hoping we’d be able to hold it in person. But now we’re pleased to announce that this concert will be our first virtual event in the If Music Could Talk series.
The program will also be different. Instead of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, the program will feature music that we turn to in times of crisis, or Musica Cordis (Music of the Heart). Because of social distancing, the full group can’t gather to perform. But that has proved no obstacle to the Sheffield Chamber Players: violinist Sasha Callahan and cellist Leo Eguchi share a household, while violist Alexander Vavilov is joined by special guest (and spouse) Olga Talroze, pianist.

The program will feature unaccompanied string works by J.S. Bach, instrumental transcriptions of songs by Gabriel Fauré and Hugo Wolf, and music by Max Bruch and Paul Hindemith. Also featured are a touching new work by local composer Tom Schnauber and some delightful short sketches by Kenji Bunch. As with all If Music Could Talk events, there will be some discussion about the music and you’ll have the chance to ask questions (in this case by online submission).
Previously purchased tickets will be honored. If you prefer a refund, please contact Jean Marie Procious at

Access credentials to Zoom will be emailed approximately 30 minutes before the program starts.

For more about this program, visit the Sheffield Chamber Players webpage.

A note about changes in admission costs for this series:

Now that our events will be online for awhile, we’re asking for donations instead. Please be as generous as you can. Most of the proceeds go to the musicians, who have basically seen 100% of their in-person performances cancelled and only have limited opportunities for online events. If you purchased tickets previously, they will be honored for this event. If you wish a refund, please contact us:

Thanks for staying with us during this difficult time.

CSEM: In Stile Moderno
May 30 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm


The ensemble In Stile Moderno presents, Come Again: 
Lute songs of John Dowland and his contemporaries, with four singers and a lutenist.

Monday Evening Conversations
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Monday Evening Conversations Group meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM. All members and other interested parties are invited.

It may be of interest to know that the The Social Library, predecessor of the Salem Athenæum, was founded by a similar discussion group, called the Monday Evening Club. Edward Augustus Holyoke, Rev. Thomas Barnard, Rev. Thomas Gilchrist, Benjamin Lynde, Nathaniel Ropes and others were among the Monday Evening Club founders, who gathered to discuss current events and topics of mutual interest.

Topics for discussion are wide open, but must be amenable to good conversation. Examples include:

  • The long ranging effects of the Civil War
  • The courage to be vulnerable
  • European architecture
  • The importance/non importance of art
  • Why have friends

Meetings will start with something to help frame the discussion for the evening, such as a:

  • brief talk
  • podcast
  • video
  • reading of prose or poetry
  • music

We look forward to talking with you!

Writers’ Open Studio
Jun 2 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

Salem Writers’ Group
Jun 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

All are welcome to bring work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback. The group is facilitated by J.D. Scrimgeour, Professor of English, Salem State University.

Writing Group: The Monday Group
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Monday Group offers support and feedback for adult writers under 40 at the beginnings of their careers. Those interested should contact leader Blake Campbell ( to assess whether this group is right for you.

Writers’ Open Studio
Jun 9 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

La Tertulia
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Frank Phillips: The Hemingway Papers
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

—New Date—

Political Journalist Frank Phillips chronicles the unique project he was involved in to help the Cuban government preserve Ernest Hemingway’s home and personal papers from further deterioration. It required bridging a political gulf full of mistrust and suspicion. In the end, the power of Hemingway’s legacy overcame a hostile State Department and culminated in a long lunch with Fidel Castro.

Frank Phillips is a veteran Massachusetts political journalist and former State House bureau chief for the Boston Globe.

Book Group
Jun 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Discussion group meets on the second Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m.

View the reading list.