Handel and Haydn Society Announces Emancipation Proclamation Concert For New Year’s Eve

By Dejan Vukosavljevic

Handel and Haydn Society has announced an upcoming traditional Emancipation Proclamation Concert dedicated to President Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech in 1863.

The concert, which will take place on Dec. 31, 2021 at the historic Trinity Church Boston in Copley Square, will star Tenor Marlon Matthews alongside the H+H Chorus. Anthony Trecek-King conducts.

The performances will feature “My Lord What a Morning,” A.G. Duncan’s “My country! ‘tis of thee,” Felix Mendelssohn’s “Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich,” William Lloyd Garrison’s “Song of the Abolitionist,” “Oh, Freedom,” R. Nathaniel Dett’s “America the Beautiful,” Handel’s “Hallelujah” from “Judas Maccabaeus,” and “We Shall Overcome.”

“The Emancipation Proclamation Concert is one of the truly special events at H+H that we look forward to every year,” said H+H President and CEO David Snead in an official statement. “We are excited to see what Dr. Trecek-King has in store for the performance and look forward to welcoming everyone back to Trinity Church as we celebrate the New Year and commit ourselves once again to working together toward liberty, freedom, and equality for all.”