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 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 close the second season of the pindrop sessions with THE SENSES OF SUMMER: a multi-sensory smorgasbord of music, color, and taste, an unprecedented collaborative event, feast for the senses and a perfect welcome to summer! We'll be treated to a first in the United States: a classical work commissioned by a brewery! As if that weren't audacious enough, we've asked our friends and neighbors (and recently announced James Beard Foundation semifinalists!) at Tasting Counter to design a tasting menu inspired by synaesthetic composer Mary Bichner's compositional color palette. Guests who partake may visit Tasting Counter's unique open kitchen space to taste these inspired small plates.

With a gorgeous, evocative text by poet James Agee, composer Samuel Barber's Knoxville, Summer of 1915 is one of the unquestioned masterworks of 20th century vocal composition. Joining us to perform this piece will be soprano Margot Rood, hailed in The New York Times and one of the top classical vocalists in America. Boston-based composer Mary Bichner is a synaesthetic, meaning that when she hears sound she sees color, and vice versa. Ms. Bichner's new work Senses of Summer sets the very same Knoxville text, and is specially commissioned for this evening. Our house band will be the phenomenal Phoenix, AERONAUT's official Orchestra-in-Residence for 2018-2019. Finally, we will pair these culinary and musical delights with a specially-brewed Strawberry Vanilla Milkshake IPA beer inspired by Agee's text... 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.

apr 7, 2019
palaver strings & culomba
mar 3, 2019
shirley hunt & curtis eller's american circus
feb 10, 2019
frank kelley & joshua rifkin
jan 6, 2019
junkestra & friends
dec 2, 2018
phoenix & special guests
nov 4, 2018
anne azéma & joel cohen of the boston camerata
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