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Peregrine Consort: Truth, Tubman and Bach: A Vesper of Hope and Faith

  • Church of the Redeemer 60 Forest Park Road Woburn, MA, 01801 United States (map)

The Peregrine Consort commemorates Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman, two great Americans whose words and actions powerfully confronted slavery. On March 10 we will listen to their wisdom and insights. They each endured very great personal hardship, and their towering example has much to teach us in our life journeys.

The beautiful Bach Cantata 150, Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich (For Thee, O Lord, I long), which includes texts from the penitential Psalm 25, speaks to enduring life’s hardships.

A song by recently deceased African-American composer George Walker, and works by Aaron Copland, Henry Purcell, Heinrich Schütz, and František Tůma, will also be presented during this Vespers liturgy. As always, the Consort will perform the Baroque-era music on period instruments.

At a reception following the Cantata Vespers, as a special treat, local author Ron Walker will be signing copies of his book, Solomon’s Plan: A Gift of Education from a Father to His Son. In this memoir, Ron Walker reflects on the ways that education shaped his father’s life and his own, as well as important moments through history from the Great Migration to the Civil Rights Era.

Elise Groves, soprano

Clare McNamara, mezzo-soprano

Daniel Schenk, tenor

Bradford Gleim, bass

Julie Leven & Anne Black, violins

Sarah Freiberg-Ellison, ‘cello

Andrew Arceci, violone

Sally Merriman, bassoon

Paul Carlson, harpsichord/organ/piano/conductor