The Boston Camerata To Bring “Free America! Songs Of Resistance And Rebellion” To Boston And Portland

By Nicole Kuchta

The Boston Camerata will soon take its “Free America! Songs of Resistance and Rebellion (1790 – 1860)” to Boston and Portland, ME.

The ensemble recently performed the program of early American music to a sold-out crowd in Boston’s sister city of Strasbourg, France in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the two cities’ pairing. They were joined by two local groups: Cadence, and The University Choir.

The event was preceded by an “open-air parade around the historic, medieval town center of Strasbourg.” Additionally, Artistic Director Anne Azéma gave masterclasses at The Conservatoire de Musique et Danse.

“There was something electric in the air for the performance,” Azéma remarks in the press release. “Everyone, on both sides of the ocean, realize that we are going through a crucial, critical moment in American history. To hear the fifes and drums playing revolutionary march tunes, or our soloists singing ‘Guard your rights, Americans, Let Tyrants never sway’ – well, those sounds and words take on an extra, urgent meaning in our own day.”

The concerts come on the heels of Camerata’s new Harmonia Mundi CD “Free America!”

The Boston performance will take place at Feneuil Hall on Nov. 8, 2019, and the second will be held at USM Campus’ Hannaford Hall on Dec. 1.