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Community Sings

Singing In The African American Tradition

Thursday, May 24, 6:30 - 9 pm
Calderwood Hall

A RISE pop-up event curated by Shea Rose

Community Sings™ brings people of all ages and skill levels together to create beautiful and empowering music. Led by Dr. Ysaÿe Maria Barnwell, formerly of Sweet Honey In The Rock, participants will sing rhythms, chants, and songs from African and African-American traditions. No experience is necessary. The only prerequisite is a love of music and song! Come and be moved by the power of music in community. 


Why, how, when and for whom do we make music? Depending on your world view, the answers may differ widely. We will explore these questions as an introduction to the music created by African Americans.

Dr. Ysaÿe Maria Barnwell
Dr. Ysaÿe Maria Barnwell

How To Buy Tickets

Tickets are required and include Museum admission.

Complimentary, but reservations are required. Space permitting. Maximum 4 tickets per person. If you have a larger group, please email Rhea Vedro at [email protected]

Reserve Tickets

  • Online, by clicking the COMPLIMENTARY button above*
  • By calling the box office at 617 278 5156, Wednesday-Monday, 10 am-4 pm*
  • In person: Visit the Museum and purchase at the door, Wednesday-Monday, 11 am-4:30 pm

*Transaction fees apply to these orders.

In the event that advance tickets are no longer available for concerts, standby tickets may be issued on a space-available basis. Standby tickets can only be purchased in person on the day of the show. Availability is not guaranteed. Note the Museum's event policies.

The generous lead sponsors of RISE are Amy and David Abrams. The lead corporate sponsor of RISE is Fidelity Investments. The series is also generously supported by Valentine Talland and Nagesh Mahanthappa. RISE is also supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Media Sponsor: Improper Bostonian