In beauty may I walk

Back Bay Chorale presents "In beauty may I walk" on Saturday, October 29, 2022 • 8pm • Back Bay's Emmanuel Church.

In beauty may I walk

Saturday, October 29, 2022 • 8pm

Emmanuel Church
15 Newbury Street, Boston

“In beauty may I walk … with beauty all around me”… lines that evoke the moments in which all seems right with the world, in which everything is clear, in which the separation between yourself and everything else dissolves. 

We, like the poets, often see things other than beauty around us: poignant reminders of regrets and old longings around us, of war and suffering. The poet’s words, though, help us learn about these tender and painful corners of life; they mysteriously bring beauty to the brokenness. “In beauty may I walk … with beauty all around me” is an invitation for us in “this soil’d world”:  to be free to imagine a world with the beauty you hope for, where beauty around you is beauty around everyone.

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BACK BAY CHORALE

ZAIRA MENESES, GUITAR
COREY DALTON HART, VOICE
TIANHONG YANG, PIANO
JOHNNY MOK, CELLO


JONATHAN MOTT, GUEST CONDUCTOR

The Program

In beauty may I walk                                
Jonathan Dove
words from a Navajo prayer, translated by Jerome Rothenberg 
Heavenly Hurt
Alice Parker
poems by Emily Dickinson
Nightfall
Meredith Monk
A Procession Winding Around Me
Jeffrey Van
poems by Walt Whitman
Zaira Meneses, guitar
Hymn to the Eternal Flame
Stephen Paulus
poem by Michael Dennis Browne