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Cathedral Forum: Spirituality in Early New England: A Narrative in Song

The Europeans who arrived in North America, beginning in the early seventeenth century, were searching for the New Jerusalem, the blessed place where they could start their lives anew.  Music accompanied their quest, from the beginning; indeed, their first printed publication, was a song book, the Bay Psalter, published in the suburb of Boston. In this Forum, Anne Azéma, Artistic Director and Singer with the Boston Camerata, will present  a selection of songs, live and recorded, by the many religious groups who came to Boston and New England, from the Puritans in 1640 to the hymn and anthem-singing  Congregationalists and Universalists of the eighteenth century and the utopian Shakers of Maine and Massachusetts, whose enormous production of spirituals, and dance songs, mainly hidden in unpublished manuscripts until recent years, reveal themselves as central to the American dream of the Shining City. The Camerata will be performing at the Philharmonie de Paris on 15 and 16 September.

Sunday, September 9, 9:45am in the Fleetwood Room of the American Cathedral. 


The Cathedral Forum is a weekly lecture series with topics that range from theology, politics and spirituality to economics and literature. The forum regularly features prominent speakers from academia, the media, and journalism.

Earlier Event: September 7
Lessons & Carols, December 15
Later Event: September 9
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