The thread of American spiritual traditions through time is rarely seen on the page. It must be heard and felt in the oral traditions and shared experiences of our country’s complicated past, as in musical reminiscences of the Civil War era and the songs of America’s ongoing fight for justice in communities of color. These passed-down tunes, folkloric tales, and accounts of oppression draw together old hymns and modern gospels, Black and White, generation after generation, as Boston Camerata collapses the space between cultures, traditions, and communities. We’ll trace the evolution of musical styles, taste, and performance practices across historical divides, discovering how Celtic folklore and African call-and-shout songs have inspired a uniquely American musical movement.
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We’ll Be There: American Spiritual Singing, Black and White, 1800-1900 | Boston Camerata | Anne Azéma, Artistic Director
Saturday • November 6, 2021 | 3:00 pmFree – $20.00
The Boston Camerata is America’s preëminent early music ensemble. Founded in 1954, Camerata has been under the direction of French-born singer and scholar Anne Azéma since autumn, 2008.
Camerata’s musical performances are well known for their blending of spontaneity and emotional commitment with careful research and scholarship. With its distinguished roster of singers and specialists in early instruments, Camerata produces an intown concert series for audiences in the Greater Boston area. The Boston Camerata also tours regularly in the US and all over the world. These live performances present vital, historically informed performances of European music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras, and of early American music, sacred and secular.
The Camerata’s many LP and CD recordings, as well as its numerous media appearances and educational projects, have brought its work to audiences in every continent.
Learn more about the Boston Camerata, its musicians, history, and mission.
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