Monday Evening Conversations
Mar 8 @ 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!

Writing Group: The Monday Group
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 5:00 to 7:00 PM

Book Group
Mar 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.

Boston Classical Trio: A Concert of 17th-Century Music
Mar 13 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

For what would have been the sixth year of thrilling sold-out audiences at the Salem Athenaeum, Susanna Ogata, Guy Fishman, and Ian Watson are presenting a virtual concert with all the fire and passion of seventeenth century baroque music!

The trio visited the Salem Athenaeum this winter to record a special concert in the library’s reading room. We are excited to share this brilliant performance with you, bringing it to your chambers. Enjoy an evening of music that highlights each of the three musicians’ virtuoso talents as well as their unsurpassed ensemble work.

The concert will be broadcast on March 13 at 8:00 p.m.

The link to the broadcast will be available to ticket holders until 11:59 p.m. on March 14.

Save your seat for this very limited engagement!



Sonata Seconda a Soprano Solo, Dario Castello (1602-1631)
Violin sonata in A minor, “Cucu,” Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1620-1680)
Cello sonata in A major, Domenico Gabrielli (1659-1690)
Trio in A minor BuxWV 272, Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Violin sonata, Op. 3 No. 2, “La Cesta,” Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi (1624-1687)
Six variations on “Mein junges Leben hat ein End,’” Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
Trio sonata in D minor, Alessandro Stradella (1643-1682)


Boston Classical Trio

Susanna Ogata, violinist, participates and soloes with the Handel and Haydn Society and serves as Assistant Concertmaster. Dedicated to exploring music on historical instruments, Susanna has also performed with the Arcadia Players, the Bach Ensemble, the Sarasa Ensemble, and both the Boston Early Music Festival and the Kennebec Early Music Festival. Susanna’s music has been described as showing “electrifying energy, awesome technical command and rollicking dialogue,” by Arts Fuse Magazine. Susanna pursued her undergraduate and graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music.

Guy Fishman, cellist, first played at Boston’s Symphony Hall with the Handel and Haydn Society in 2005. He has played with a number of groups — Boston Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, Emmanuel Music, Rockport Music, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Arcadia Players, among others. He is principal cellist with the Handel and Haydn. Guy has appeared in many venues and has an extensive recording history. Guy’s music has been called “brilliant” by the Huffington Post, and “beautiful…noble” by the Boston Herald. After completing his baccalaureate studies at the Manhattan School of Music, he pursued doctoral work at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he is now on the faculty.

Ian Watson has been described by The Times of London as a “world-class soloist.” As a young teenager he began his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, completing his studies in Belgium. His first major appointment, at nineteen, was as organist at St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey. He is artistic director for the Connecticut Early Music Festival and of the Arcadia Players. He has appeared with several orchestras throughout Europe and has been featured on many soundtracks for major motion pictures. Ian serves as the Associate Conductor and principal harpsichordist of the Handel and Haydn Society. Several years ago, he and Susanna Ogata completed the “Beethoven Project,” recording the ten sonatas the composer wrote for fortepiano and violin.


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PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held online.

Registration closes 45 minutes before the program start time.

The link for the event will be sent to all registered participants 20 minutes before program start.

Writers’ Open Studio
Mar 16 @ 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
Mar 16 @ 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.

Reappraisal Reading Circle: Rumer Godden
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The discussion at the March meeting will be about the works of Rumer Godden (1907-1998). She is the author of over 60 books, some were set in India and filled with exotic detail. Many have been adapted for film and television.

Please register by clicking the green button above in order to receive the sign-in credentials to the Zoom meeting.

Re-appraisal Reading Circle meets bi-monthly on third Wednesdays at 7:00 PM

Upcoming Discussions:

May 19   Francis Brett Young

Any Book Group
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

What are you reading?

This is new discussion group is for readers of all genres. We all share a love for books–classics, mysteries, sci-fi, memoir, poetry–whatever genre you are reading now, come prepared to share! Be ready to talk about your current read, and have a pen handy to take down recommendations from the people in the group.

Bookworms unite!

This group meets online on 3rd Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.

Sign up on Zoom here or use the green button at the top of this page.