American Spirituals, Black and White, 1800-1900

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“We’ll be There!,” the most recent in Boston Camerata’s long series of Early American musical productions, draws on early songbook sources, as well as oral traditions, to tell the story of American spiritual singing, North and South, white and black, during a crucial century of our country’s history. “The concert title evokes the struggles of the Civil War,” comments Artistic Director Anne Azéma, “but it also stands for the shared musical and spiritual experiences of America’s peoples. It also provides a unifying theme for Camerata’s ongoing work in these challenging modern times.” The program draws extensively on original, nineteenth-century printed sources, as well as ongoing oral traditions, juxtaposing in many instances Black and white versions of songs found in both communities.

Our 2022 cast: Anne Azéma, Camila Parias, Deborah Rentz-Moore, MaKayla McDonald, Jordan Weatherston Pitts, Corey Hart, Phillip Bullock, Luke Scott, vocalists; with Eric Martin (fiddle), Libor Dudas (keyboard), Joel Cohen (guitar), and Andrew Koutroubas (cello).

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