DEC 31, 2019


Handel and Haydn Society and the Museum of African American History partner to present the seventh annual Emancipation Proclamation Concert, a joyous celebration of liberty and freedom. Join H+H musicians, conductor Scott Allen Jarrett, and National Poetry Slam Champion Regie Gibson to commemorate Boston’s historic central role in the abolition movement, to celebrate the spirit of progress for human rights, and to recognize the role of music in creating alliance and belonging.


Trinity Church Boston


Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 1:00PM


William Lloyd Garrison: “Song of the Abolitionist”

J.S. Bach:
from Cantata 16, Herr Gott, dich loben wir
Chorus: “Herr Gott, dich loben wir”
Recitative: “So stimmen wir bei dieser frohen Zeit”
Aria: “Laßt uns jauchzen”
from Cantata 28, Gottlob! Nun geht das Jahr zu Ende
Chorus: “Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren”

from Elijah, “O come, every one that thirsteth”
from Elijah, “And then shall your light break forth”

William Steffe: “Battle Hymn of the Republic”

J. Rosamond Johnson: “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”

“Song of the Abolitionist”

Performed by

Scott Allen Jarrett, conductor
Members of the H+H Orchestra and Chorus


Leon Wilson, Museum of African American History
Rev. Patrick C. Ward, Senior Associate for Program, Trinity Church
Charmane Higgins, Executive Director, Trinity Boston Connects
Readings from the Emancipation Proclamation by Regie Gibson