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Upcoming Events in Murray Hall

Concierto: A Latin American Voyage, May 7

We're thrilled to welcome Cantemus to Murray Hall on Sunday, May 7, and Boston’s exciting Latin-Baroque fusion ensemble, Rumbarroco, for "Concierto: A Latin American Voyage," a series of lively, festive and creative choral and instrumental concerts featuring the works of many of South America’s superstar composers.

When it comes to Latin American music, you cannot help but think of rhythm, tango and passion. This sets the mood for the program Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank has designed for the Cantemus 45-member chamber chorus. The program mixes the familiar with the obscure, highlighting extraordinary modern composers writing in their own "dioma" to transmit the culture, flavor and history of their homelands to the music and their listeners.

"Concierto: A Latin American Voyage" highlights contemporary music from Argentina, Puerto Rico and Venezuela, all of it performed in Spanish with special guests Rumbarroco, directed by Laury Gutiérrez.

Tickets may be purchased locally at Salem Wine Imports, at the door or online for no additional charge.

Click the concert's name for a PDF of their full concert poster.

Mass Poetry Festival, May 5-7

We're happy to again be one of the venues for the 9th Massachusetts Poetry Festival! The festival celebrates the state's lively contemporary poetry scene from Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7, in downtown Salem.

And for lovers of poetry and The Bridge at 211... we're offering two tickets to the festival (general admission) to five people who post reviews on our Facebook page (we'll have a drawing on Tuesday, May 2). Say something nice about The Bridge and you and a friend may get to enjoy a rare opportunity to hear the nation’s best poets read and discuss their work in intimate and engaging forums and to enjoy a literary fair, panels, poetry slams, and more... all on us! Check out this video from Creative Salem about why Salem and we love the Mass Poetry Festival and are thrilled to be hosting it for the 9th year!

The 2017 lineup is intriguing with nearly 100 poetry readings and workshops, a small press and literary fair, panels, poetry slams, and open-air readings. More than 150 poets will engage with thousands of New Englanders.

Tickets ("buttons") can be purchased online or on-site at the festival starting May 5 at 12:00 p.m. at the festival's headquarters (Old Town Hall), at info booths along the Essex Street pedestrian walkway, or in the lobby of the Hawthorne Hotel or Peabody Essex Museum while events are taking place in those venues.

A New Beginning...

Left to right: Mark Stevens, Anthony Keck, JD, Dale Tufts Yale, Kathryn Baptista, and Beth Toolan

Early on the morning of December 16, two boards met at the Registry of Deeds in Salem to record a momentous, bittersweet event: the conveying of the building at 211 Bridge Street from the First Universalist Society of Salem to the 211 Bridge Street Corporation. This represents the end of an era, but we're looking forward to and excited about what comes next for this 19th century landmark as it evolves into a hub for artistic, cultural and social events.

A bit of history: Originally, the First Universalist Society of Salem was formally organized on December 24, 1805, 211 years ago. The building was supposed to be erected on land that had been donated on St. Peter Street, but it was considered too close to the prison. So that land was sold and the present land purchased for $1,500. The cornerstone to the building was laid in 1808 with the inscription on a silver plate: "August 17, 1808. This day the corner stone is placed by Brother Hosea Ballou of Vermont." The cost of the building itself was $16,742.

The First Universalist Society of Salem was incorporated by an act of the Mass General Court (legislature) on June 20, 1826, and the original deed to the building was filed the same day. The conveyance was the first time the ownership has been transferred.

The builder was Perley Putnam, who also built Salem’s Custom House in a similar Federal style.

Who are we?

We are a hub for artistic, cultural and social events in a 19th century landmark.

We are repurposing a former church to offer programming that will entertain, engage and enrich the community, in music and the arts, while honoring the building's rich heritage. We are a nonprofit organization providing a home to a number of community service groups, including The Salem Pantry.

Where to find us and parking

Our address is 211 Bridge Street, Salem, but the way to our front door is the courtyard entrance between 20 and 28 Federal Street. The most convenient parking is the municipal lot between Church and Federal Streets. Another option is the Museum Place Garage at 1 New Liberty Street.

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