Shaw: Seven Joys


Saturday, NOVEMBER 10, 2018

8pm | Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston

Shaw – Seven Joys


Caroline Shaw (1982- ): Seven Joys
(co-commission by the BBC, Boston premier)
Jonathan Dove (1959- ): in beauty may I walk
Henry Gorecki (1933-2010): Totus Tuus
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Flower Songs
Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Agnus Dei (choral setting of Adagio for Strings)
Edward Elgar (1857-1934): They are at rest
Giovanni Gabrieli (1551-1612): Plaudite (for triple chorus)

About the Concert

“In beauty may I walk, With beauty above me, With beauty all around me, It is finished in beauty.”
– Anon, from the Navajo

The Back Bay Chorale opens the 18|19 season with a concert that celebrates those immeasurable and ineffable yearnings for joy, beauty, rest, and lasting peace. Featuring works from a diverse and eclectic group of composers, the Chorale sings a concert of music evocative of meditation and devotion. At the heart of the concert, we premiere Pulitzer Prize® winner Caroline Shaw’s Seven Joys, a multi-movement rumination on ‘joy’ commissioned by the Chorale for this performance.

“A tranquil glow that brightens, sharpens and flickers on a spiritual quest….An American sound that is both broad and serene; a pulsing, meditative expansion of sound.”
– Philadelphia Inquirer

Plus: The Majestic Brass




10nov8:00 pm- 10:00 pmCaroline Shaw: Seven Joys8pm | Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston


20dec7:30 pm- 9:00 pmA Boston Christmas7:30pm | Old South Church, Boston
22dec4:00 pm- 5:30 pmA Boston Christmas4 pm | Old South Church, Boston


9mar8:00 pm- 10:00 pmRachmaninoff: Vespers8pm | St. Paul’s Church, Camb.


19may3:00 pm- 5:00 pmBach: Mass in B Minor3pm | Sanders Theatre, Camb.

Tickets starting at $15 available online


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