Season 45

Dinosaur Annex presents its 45th season with music rooted in inclusivity. Combining unusual venues with re-imagined traditional art forms gives a platform to underrepresented voices and listeners in the contemporary musical arts.

This season is made possible by generous support from the Alice M. Ditson Fund; the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; and New Music USA


In response to the difficulties parents encounter when seeking family-friendly concerts that aren’t only designed for children, “Playdate”
encourages parents and children to discard typical concert etiquette by not worrying about “silence” or sitting still. The audience is free to move around while parents maintain a safe yet liberating environment. In partnership with Rock & Roll Daycare, this informal daytime performance welcomes audience members of all ages.

Saturday, November 9, 2019 @11:00am
Rock and Roll Daycare
535 Cambridge St., Cambridge


Pauline Oliveros – Sounds from Childhood
Jen Wang – Occlusions for solo cello
Peter Maxwell Davies – Solita for solo flute and music box
Lou Bunk – Six Pococos for solo cello
Jean Ahn – Lasso, Lassus for viola and cello
Loretta Notareschi – Swerve for clarinet, viola, cello (Dino commission)

Untold // New Music & Puppet Theater

Join us on Fri. Mar. 6 at First Church in Boston for our second event, “Untold // New Music & Puppet Theater.” Puppeteer Anna Wang and Co-Artistic Director Hubert Ho collaborate on a new piece based on 13th-century Confucian Chinese stories from 24 Filial Exemplars, with additional texts on contemporary Asian-American themes. Iranian composer Bahar Royaee and shadow puppeteer Deniz Khateri collaborate on Leylie, a feminist retelling of a Persian folk tale that newly depicts the title character as complex, nuanced, and strong.

Friday, March 6, 2020 @7:30 pm
First Church of Boston
66 Marlborough St., Boston
$25 general admission; $15 students/seniors 65+


Bahar Royaee – Leylie
Hubert Ho – Filial
Daniel Bernard Roumain – Filter


Artifice / Nature

~ co-sponsored by the Waterworks Museum ~




Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our final concert of the 2019-2020 season will be POSTPONED until May 21, 2021.

Dinosaur performs “Artifice / Nature” at the Waterworks Museum, which looks out at Chestnut Hill’s historic reservoir. Inside are dazzling 19th-century steam-driven water pumps that long ago provided Boston’s water. The environment as well as the music you will hear – works that contrast abstract physical phenomena with purely representational ones – remind us of the inevitable tension between humans and nature.