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Boston Musicians Support Immigrant Legal Aid


Anne Azéma

Boston-area musicians are coming together to support the plight of refugees in greater Boston and at the United States border with Mexico. “Help the Children” will use music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, choral song, as well as traditional music of South America and the Middle East, and American spirituals to make its multicultural case. Sponsors Camerata Mediterranea and the Memorial Church of Harvard University, and performers The Boston Camerata, Blue Heron, the Choral Fellows of Harvard University, Dünya, cast members of Black Nativity and others hope that their efforts will inspire donations to be administered by the Memorial Church and distributed among the Cambridge Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES).

Joel Cohen, director of Camerata Mediterranea and director emeritus of the Boston Camerata will be hosting. Camila Parais, Anne Azéma, and Mehmet Sanlikol, and instrumentalists Fabian Gallon (tiple) and Eduardo Bettencourt (harp) will solo in a segment dedicated to Spanish, Latino and Hispanic music. A tremendous assortment of music will be forthcoming from the decidedly various performers, and the compositional times span stretches from the 12th century to last week.

According to Cohen, “We will be playing our hearts out for these kids and their parents, and we will also be requesting donations from members of the audience.”

Camerata Mediterranea and the Memorial Church of Harvard University present “Help the Children” at Memorial Church, Harvard University, 3pm on Saturday, March 9th. Click HERE or HERE for more information.



Señor, hasta cuando: Sephardic, Morocco
Repentance: Shaker, Sabbathday Lake, Maine
O will you sing another song

The Boston Camerata and the Harvard Choral Scholars

Music of the Middle Ages

Lux refulgent: 12th century, Limoges
In tua memoria: Arnold de Lantins
Gregis pastor Tityrus: 12th century, Limoges

The Boston Camerata, Anne Azéma, director

Music of the Renaissance

Something: Johannes Ockeghem
Blue Heron, Scott Metcalfe, director

Contemporary American Choral Song

Hope and Love: Carson Coomans (b. 1982)
Hospitality: Jane Marshall (b. 1924)

The Harvard Choral Scholars, Edward Jones, director

What Man Is: Music of the World

Meullal shem Adonay ki asa itti pela’oth : /Ottoman cantillation
Insan insan derler idi: Turkish, Traditional
La rosa enfloresce

The Boston Camerata and Dünya

Blue Heron (Liz Linder photo)

American Spirituals for the Present Moment

Go tell it on the mountain: Traditional, African-American

members of Black Nativity

Offertory: What Child is this? : Traditional (Greensleeves)

children of the Black Nativity cast

I will comfort them that mourn: Shaker, Sabbathday Lake, Maine

Michael Barrett and the Boston Camerata

Pretty Home: African-American Shaker

Deborah Rentz-Moore and ensemble

Weeping Pilgrim: The Sacred Harp

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