Revels has always been about community - gathering, singing together, celebrating together. During this difficult time, we've all come to realize just how important that community is. So we created #RevelsConnects - an online, virtual community.
While we can't be together in person, thanks to technology (and the many people who have helped Revels harness this technology!) we can be together online.
Stay safe and keep singing!
#RevelsConnects Presents: Revels RiverSing
Join us (remotely) for the 17th annual Revels RiverSing: A Free Family Celebration of the Autumnal Equinox on Sunday, September 20 at 7:00 pm. In lieu of gathering at the banks of the Charles River, as we have done since 2004, #RevelsConnects will offer a Facebook Live look back at some of our most memorable moments and performers.
#RevelsConnects Presents: Musical Connections
On October 18, 2020, at 7:00 PM Revels introduces a new #RevelsConnects program: our Musical Connections series. This new series offers intimate 45-minute salon style performances with a variety of musical tradition bearers PLUS a companion podcast with the featured artists hosted by the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Maggie Holtzberg, head of their Folk Arts & Heritage Program.
This new series will explore musical traditions from around the world with insights from our guest tradition-bearers and performers and a deeper dive into the roots of their music, instruments, and cultural journeys through a curated interview. We are excited to kick off this new collaboration with the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Folk Arts & Heritage Program! More information on our first episode below – featuring our Education Director, Johnny Nichols, Jr.
Spirituals and Stories with Johnny Nichols, Jr.
Sunday, October 18 at 7:00 PM
Dating as far back as the early 1600's, spirituals are said to be one of America's original folk songs. Though now, Spirituals have a legitimate place under the umbrella of classical music, this style of music is celebrated from instrumental and vocal ensembles to solo and piano - no matter the ethnic or racial background. Johnny Nichols, Jr., accompanied by Megan Henderson on piano, takes us on a journey of spirituals, arranged by H.T Burleigh and Moses Hogan, that are unique and special to his cultural heritage as well as his personal upbringing. Join us for this first #RevelsConnects presentation as Johnny passionately sings and shares short stories that connect these songs to his family and experiences growing up in rural Louisiana.
Upcoming 2021 Salon & Podcasts
Beth Bahia Cohen
50 Years of Revels Live from Sanders Stage
Sunday, November 15 at 7:00 PM
Join host extraordinaire Brian O’Donovan in a conversation with Paddy Swanson, George Emlen, and David Coffin as we celebrate the beginning of our 50th year with our new double-disc, live-from-the-Sanders-stage CD, The Christmas Revels, Celebrating 50 Years!. This CD reaches into our remarkable past to highlight some great musical moments. We will talk about the larger meaning of Revels, why we’ve endured over the years, and what our future might look like. And we’ll be visited by artists of performances past who will share their thoughts and memories of their time with Revels.
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From the #RevelsConnects Spring 2020 Performance Series
Revels is grateful to Wingate Wealth Advisors for its sponsorship of our Spring 2020 #RevelsConnects Sundays Performance Series.