MOVED ONLINE – NO IN-PERSON ATTENDEES at the Emancipation Proclamation Concert, Dec 31.

Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with City of Boston and First Night Boston protocols, there will be no in-person attendance at this year’s Emancipation Proclamation Concert.

We will videotape the performance, and release the recording in the near future.

Join us for our annual commemoration of the original 1863 Grand Jubilee concert in Boston, where members of H+H performed in celebration of Lincoln’s enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Handel and Haydn Society and the Museum of African American History partner to present the ninth annual Emancipation Proclamation Concert, a joyous celebration of liberty and freedom. Join H+H musicians, National Poetry Slam Champion Regie Gibson, and conductor Anthony Trecek-King 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.

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Trinity Church Boston


Friday, December 31, 2021


arr. Harry T. Burleigh: My Lord What a Morning
A.G. Duncan: My country! ‘tis of thee
Felix Mendelssohn: Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich
Garrison: Song of the Abolitionist
arr. Anthony Trecek-King: Oh, Freedom
R. Nathaniel Dett: America the Beautiful
George Frideric Handel: Hallelujah, Amen from Judas Maccabaeus
arr. Robert T. Gibson: We Shall Overcome

Performed by

Anthony Trecek-King, conductor
Regie Gibson, spoken word artist
Marlon Matthews, tenor
Ian Watson, organ
Members of the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus


Charmane Higgins, Executive Director, Trinity Boston Connects
Rev. Patrick C. Ward, Senior Associate for Program, Trinity Church Boston
Leon Wilson, President and CEO, Museum of African American History

Concert Length

The concert runs for 1 hour, with no intermission.

Program Book

Read all about this concert’s music and musicians in the program book.

View the Program Book