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Palaver Strings | A Change is Gonna Come

Friday • September 29, 2023   |   8:00 pm 9:00 pm

From military marches to therapeutic music, humans have always relied on melody to steady them where words might fail. And nowhere is that more apparent than in the U.S.’s rich history of protest songs. Sung in every era of America history, these songs tell the country’s story as well as any textbook.

Featuring Grammy award-winning tenor Nicholas Phan, this program from Palaver Strings explores our country’s legacy of protest songs. The performance features traditional songs of protest and music inspired by social movements and historical events—including Nico Muhly’s Stranger, Akenya Seymour’s Fear the Lamb, and a new commission by Errollyn Wallen.

Spanning genres, eras, and movements, A Change is Gonna Come confronts our past and present, provokes conversation, and celebrates the act of protest as one of our most precious rights.


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Palaver Strings is a musician-led string ensemble and nonprofit organization based in Portland, ME. Founded in 2014, Palaver has established itself as a forward-thinking ensemble whose mission is to strengthen and inspire community through music. In our musician-led model, Palaver’s musicians share artistic and administrative leadership, guided by a passion for engaging new audiences, addressing social justice issues, and amplifying underrepresented voices. Each year, Palaver presents a full series of live performances featuring diverse musical programming, cross-genre projects, and community collaborations.

Palaver has enjoyed residencies at Rockport Music, Boston Center for the Arts, and Bay Chamber Concerts, and Longy School of Music. Palaver’s current residency at Longy includes regular performances and teaching a graduate course on music and community engagement.


Friday • September 29, 2023
8:00 pm 9:00 pm
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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.