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Graduating Student Recital • SONGS OF FREE MEN • Danny Rivera, voice

Thursday • December 1, 2022   |   6:30 pm

Please note this event will be held at the Museum of African American History at 46 Joy Street in Boston.

“Freedom is a creative endeavor, if you are trying to get free you must use your imagination”. -Imani E. Wilson

On December 1st, Danny Rivera, joined by accompanists and arrangers Gavin Rushing (Organ) and Matthew Savage (Piano), will make their debut in America’s oldest extant Black church, The African Meeting House, to celebrate the release of Songs of Free Men.

Rivera has been working on this sustained, centuries-long freedom project of Negro Spirituals since 2020 and will perform the work publicly for the first time ever this December.

This performance concludes Rivera’s studies at the Longy School of Bard College where he studied with Vocal Chair Dr. Corrine Byrne & Professor Ashleigh Gordon. Celebrate the project, Songs of Free Men, and hear all new arranged African folk songs that shaped American culture and music!

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All Longy students present full recitals as part of their education and ongoing evolution as artists. They are charged with thinking critically about what stories they tell, whose voices to amplify, and who’s in the room for their event while also considering how to use performance spaces in innovative ways and how to truly engage audiences and create interactive music experiences.


Thursday • December 1, 2022
6:30 pm
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Museum of African American History
46 Joy St
Boston, 02114
Thanks to our partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and their “Card to Culture” program, Longy School of Music of Bard College can offer free tickets to many of our diverse and innovative performance offerings. See the full list of participating “Card to Culture” organizations offering EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare discounts.