Chamber Music Society Performs “American Voices” concert

  • 7:30 p.m. September 24 and 4 p.m. September 26

    Worcester Chamber Music Society (WCMS) is looking forward to its upcoming “American Voices” concert. The performance premieres September 24 at 7:30pm at the Harvard Unitarian Church. There will be a second performance on September 26 at 4:00pm at the Jean McDonough Arts Center BrickBox which will be both in-person and live-streamed. The concert will also be available On-Demand October 3-10.

    Friday, September 24, 2021 at 7:30 pm | Harvard Unitarian Church
    Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm | Jean McDonough Arts Center BrickBox
    In-person and live-streamed

    On-Demand October 3-10

    With guest Cailin Marcel Manson, baritone
    William Grant Still Folk Song Suite #1
    William Grant Still Grief
    Margaret Bonds The Negro Speaks of Rivers
    Henry Thacker Burleigh Saracen Songs
    Antonín Dvořák American Quintet

    Inspired by Antonín Dvořák’s call to find a distinctly American style of music, “American Voices” celebrates music influenced by American folk and spiritual music. Highlighting the works of groundbreaking Black American composers, this performance includes Folk Song Suite #1 and Grief by William Grant Still. Referred to as the “Dean of African American Composers”, William Grant Still was a principal figure in the Harlem Renaissance and his achievements in music were crucial in the advancement of Black musicians and composers. The program also features Margaret Bonds’ The Negro Speaks of Rivers, a musical setting of the text of poet Langston Hughes. The performance continues with Henry Thacker Burleigh’s Saracen Songs and concludes with Dvořák’s American Quintet, a piece inspired by his travels to the United States and in particular the summer he spent in the hills of a small town in Iowa.

    Ticket Prices:
    In-person: Adults $30-$40, Students $10, EBT/WIC $5, Youth 17 and under free
    Virtual: Single $20, Household $38, Student $5, EBT/WIC $2

    Information and tickets for this concert are available on the ensemble’s website,, or by calling the office at (508) 926-8624.