Boston Camerata

Sunday, October 2, 2022, 4 p.m. Corpus Christi Church

Sunday, October 9, 2022, 4 p.m. Online

Anne Azéma, director and vocalist
with seven vocalists, keyboard, guitar, fiddle, and bass

We’ll Be There: American Spirituals, Black and White, 1800-1900

The 48th season opens with Boston Camerata’s performance of “We’ll Be There,” Music Before 1800’s first annual presentation specifically dedicated to American Roots. Under the passionate guidance of director, Anne Azéma, eight vocalists join with a fiddle, guitar, bass, and keyboard. From plantation songs (“My body rock long fever”) to songs of freedom (“Safe in the Promised Land”), the harrowing journey out of slavery is given a visceral account through folksongs, spirituals, and hymns.

“The [Camerata] ensemble takes you to a place of hope, redemption, and everlasting peace …. Simply beautiful.” —Der Spiegel

The virtual program becomes available on Sunday, October 9, 4 p.m. ET and remains viewable until October 23. 

Artist Bios and Program

The Boston Camerata occupies a unique place in the densely populated universe of European and American early music ensembles. Cameratas distinguished rank stems partly from its longevity. It was founded in 1954 when the field of endeavor was in its infancy as an adjunct to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts’ musical instruments collection. Camerata is now one of the longest-lived groups to be vigorously functioning up to the present day.

But length of service by itself is not sufficient to account for Cameratas preeminence, nor are its numerous international distinctions. The Boston Camerata has achieved its eminence in large part because of its willingness to approach, with consistent success, a variety of historical repertoires from the early Middle Ages to the 19th century. It performs music from many places and cultures stretching from the Middle East to early New England with numerous intermediate stops in Renaissance and Baroque Europe, and in Latin America. Directed from 1969 to 2009 by Joel Cohen, and to the present day by Anne Azéma, the Boston Camerata has continued to create, over more than a half century of activity, a large number of performances and recorded productions. These include, most recently, Daniel: A Medieval Masterpiece Revisited, Dido & Aeneas, and Free America: Early Songs of Resistance and Rebellion.


Individual Tickets
Preferred Center: $55/$50
Center: $45/$40
Premium Balcony and Sides: $40/$35
Balcony: $30/$25
Partial View: $15/$10
Blocked View: $10/$5
Virtual Concert: $15

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Regular Subscription: $176-$336
Partial Subscriptions: $96-$264
Virtual Subscription: $80

Student Tickets
We offer $5 student tickets to all in-person and virtual concerts.