The Heroic Power of Song
Oratorio, Spirituals, and Message Songs

 featured show for 2017–18
This program, designed for students in grades 3-8, explores the portrayal of heroes and heroism in song, with a focus on an oratorio and on African-American spirituals and message songs.
The heroic freeing by Moses of the enslaved Israelites held captive in Egypt thousands of years ago is recounted in excerpts from Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt. In America, enslaved Africans found hope in singing spirituals and message songs containing secrets hidden in lyrics that helped them escape their terrible conditions. Abolitionist Harriet Tubman, known as the “Moses of her people,” used spirituals and message songs in the 1800s as she carried out her mission to free hundreds of enslaved people. In the twentieth century, Roland Hayes, an African-American concert tenor, sang both classical music and spirituals on concert stages in Europe and America, using song to combat racism and to open closed minds.
Students attending this performance will actively participate in singing during the program, personally experiencing the heroic power of singers and their songs.


Bookings for this show will begin in September.  Please contact Emily Reed, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement, at ereed@handelandhaydn.org for more information or 617 262 1815 x117. 

 


 

Voices of History

Traces nine centuries of classical and popular music from Gregorian chant to the 21st century.

Booking: Contact Emily Reed, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement, ereed@handelandhaydn.org ​or 617 262 1815 x117.

 


 

Voices of the Stage

Features music from Orfeo ed Euridice to Rent to show how opera, oratorio, and musical theater each tell a story through music.

Booking: Contact Emily Reed, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement, ereed@handelandhaydn.org ​or 617 262 1815 x117.

 


 

What’s an Oratorio?

Introduces the grand genre through music of the great oratorio masters of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, starting with George Frideric Handel.