a classical-ish performance series taking place the first sunday night of every month at the AERONAUT taproom in Somerville, shining light on the ridiculous pleasure of collective listening. No stodginess. No competing sound–just sweet, shared silence, beautiful beers, and beautiful people. Please stay for an after-party with the artists.

The pindrop sessions are offered in partnership with WGBH, Public Broadcasting for New England.

"If you’ve been looking for an outing for your Finer Things Club, this is it."
–The Boston Calendar


pindrop season 2:
oct 2018 - may 2019


Our lives are short; our days mucked and muddled. We crave community and connection, and the thrill of sharing genuinely beautiful experiences: a quiet room, a fleeting, incandescent moment; a shared memory over something mysterious. Accompanied by delicious beer!

In the spirit of addressing this dire social need, AERONAUT proudly presents...

~the pindrop sessions~

Drop your days and distractions. Recharge your beauty batteries...

...listen for the pindrop!

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sunday nov 4, 7pm
pindrop 10
fables for fools: a medieval cabaret
anne azéma & joel cohen of the boston camerata

Centuries-old songs and poems about orange-haired animal-tyrants, fake news, chaotic mismanagement, and snogging with illicit playmates. Also, resistance and pushback. (So what else is new?) This event features two titans of Boston's early music scene, both involved for decades with the legendary Boston Camerata. Just in time for the midterms!

sunday dec 2, 7pm
pindrop 11
made in boston
phoenix & special guests

This event will feature a real-time mashup of the Phoenix (Aeronaut's orchestra-in-residence) performing music composed by Boston-area composers with a wide assortment of texts that embody Boston, curated and read by local celebrities culled from academia, politics, and culture.

sunday jan 6, 7pm
pindrop 12
boston percussion group & friends

A massive percussion work performed on items rescued from a dump: sewer pipes, deck railings, dresser drawers, bike wheels, saws, bathroom fixtures, and bird cages. This work was performed to great acclaim at the hall of the San Francisco Symphony in 2010 and this will be its East Coast premiere.

sunday feb 10, 7pm
pindrop 13
all my heart’s intense longing: Franz Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin
frank kelley & joshua rifkin

Just in time for Valentine's Day, this event presents an exceedingly rare chance to hear two of the great classical musicians in America in an intimate performance of Franz Schubert's heart-wrenching vocal masterwork, Die schöne Müllerin. This legendary song cycle tells the tale of a melancholiac wanderer's journey though the woods, revealing some of the most gorgeous, evocative music ever dreamed up. We presented world-famous pianist and scholar Joshua Rifkin last year on the night of the Super Bowl and filled the taproom to capacity, and we're so excited to welcome him back this season along with his long-time collaborator, tenor Frank Kelley.

sunday mar 3, 7pm
pindrop 14
bach & banjo
shirley hunt, baroque cello & curtis eller's american circus

Shirley Hunt is one of Boston's most-sought after Baroque specialists, and Curtis Eller's riveting live show is like nothing you've ever seen before–last time we presented him, a van of devotees drove from hundreds of miles away. He's bringing his whole band up from North Carolina. Bach + banjo = one of the most unique musical events of the season!

sunday apr 7, 7pm
pindrop 15
dance, dance, evolution
palaver strings & columba

One of the most ambitious emerging classical(ish) ensembles in the Greater Boston area, Palaver has performed at the Kennedy Center and is presently Ensemble-in-Residence at the Boston Center for the Arts. They'll be whipping up a program of exhilarating, dance-y string music and bringing along their friends, the exciting Eastern European-infused vocal trio Columba!

sunday may 5, 7pm
pindrop season 2 finale
the senses of summer
phoenix & mary bichner & margot rood

In a sprawling and season(al) finale, Aeronaut will present a feast for the senses and a perfect welcome to summer! With a sumptuous text by poet James Agee, Samuel Barber's Knoxville, Summer of 1915 is one of the unquestioned masterworks of 20th century vocal composition. Joining us to sing this piece will be soprano Margot Rood, hailed for her “luminosity and grace” by The New York Times and one of the top classical vocalists in America. We're also commissioning local synesthetic composer Mary Bichner to compose music based upon summer-inspired texts, inviting our orchestra-in-residence Phoenix to join, pairing all this with a specially brewed beer inspired by Agee's text... and we hope, a tasting menu! Phew!

Aiming for the unrepeatable, pindrop will present some of most individual musicians in New England – and a few national can’t-missers. You might hear a string quartet, a women’s choir, a symphony orchestra, or a lonesome country singer. You might hear us mash up two completely different types of performances in one night. Everyone we’re fortunate enough to present on this series has something unique and beautiful to offer your ears and souls.

oct 7, 2018
emmanuel music & boston dance theater
may 6, 2018
masary studios
apr 8, 2018
jennifer kimball & lyle brewer
mar 4, 2018
nightside & night tree
feb 4, 2018
joshua rifkin
jan 7, 2018
marimba cabaret & opus affair
dec 3, 2017
phoenix & connections dance theater & will lyman
nov 5, 2017
floyds row & hank wonder
oct 1, 2017
boston chamber symphony