27 Dec
"Emancipation Proclamation Concert" - Handel and Haydn Society (Boston, MA.)

The Handel and Haydn Society

In Collaboration With 

The Museum of

African American History

Presents the Annual 


Live on New Year's Eve Day!

Free Concert at Historic Trinity Church Part of Boston’s First Night

One Performance Only:

December 31, 2022 at 1:00pm



In Collaboration with

The Handel and Haydn Society’s annual "EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION CONCERTis back IN PERSON on New Year’s Eve. 


The Handel and Haydn Society will present the 160th Anniversary of the "EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION CONCERT"

The Free Concert will be performed at the Historic Trinity Church as part of Boston’s First Night Celebration on December 31st at 1:00pm. 

The concert will be led by Resident Conductor Dr. Anthony Trecek-King

The "EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION CONCERT" offers an afternoon of music and storytelling on the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech in 1863. 

This year’s concert will showcase several spirituals including “In This Lan’,” “Deep River,” “I Want to Go Home,” and works by A.G. Duncan, Mendelssohn, Handel, JS Bach, Evelyn Simpson-Curenton and Stacey V. Gibbs

Members of The Handel and Haydn Society performed at the first Emancipation Proclamation celebration in Boston in 1863. 

This year’s performance will include narration by National Poetry Slam Champion Regie Gibson, reading of passages from the Emancipation Proclamation and a reading from Isis Whitney-Payne, a member of the Handel and Haydn Youth Choruses

The concert marks the return to Trinity Church for The Handel and Haydn Society following two years of online performances due to the pandemic.

The concert is free and open to the public and takes place at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 31. 

Kevin T. Baldwin is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA)




Boston’s Grammy-winning Handel and Haydn Society performs Baroque and Classical music with a freshness, a vitality, and a creativity that inspires all ages. Handel and Haydn Society has been captivating audiences for 208 consecutive seasons (the most of any performing arts organization in the United States), speaking to its singular success at converting new audiences to this extraordinary music, generation after generation. Handel and Haydn Society performed the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s "Messiah" in its first concert in 1815, gave the American premiere in 1818, and ever since has been both a musical and a civic leader in the Boston community. Handel and Haydn Society supports seven youth choirs of singers in grades 2–12, and provides thousands of complimentary tickets to students and communities throughout Boston, ensuring the joy of music is accessible to all. Handel and Haydn Society has released 16 CDs on the CORO label and has toured nationally and internationally. In all these ways, Handel and Haydn Society fulfills its mission to inspire the intellect, touch the heart, elevate the soul, and connect all of us with our shared humanity through transformative experiences with Baroque and Classical music.

Handel and Haydn Society

9 Harcourt Street

Boston, MA. 02116

Phone # 617-262-1815

Fax # 617-266-4217

Email: info@handelandhaydn.org