By the Waters of Babylon

By the Waters of Babylon

Music of Exile, Longing, and Home

One of the oldest songs of exile is Psalm 137, expressing the longing for home of Jews who had been captured and forced to relocate in Babylon.  This Jewish diaspora has been repeated throughout history, as various peoples have been pushed out of their homeland by war, destruction, or economic collapse.

The second installment of this season’s Hearts and Minds theme, these concerts feature music from Verdi’s Nabucco, including the famous “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves,” as well as music of the Irish diaspora of the 19th century and of Jewish composer refugees from Nazi Europe.  Also featured are spirituals, blues, and jazz—America’s greatest contribution to music, with its roots in the African slave trade and diaspora.


By the Waters of Babylon
Sunday, March 12: concerts at 2pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm
Blizzard Theater at ECC Arts Center
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Photo: Verdi’s Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera 

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