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Commonwealth Chorale Concert “The Dream Unfinished”

We conclude our season by giving voice to “the dream unfinished”, a poignant reminder that we don’t yet all share the same opportunities, freedoms, and liberties that are this country’s founding ideals. Our program includes Florence Price’s Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight and William Grant Still’s Plain-Chant for America, plus works by Randall Thompson, Margaret […]

Fate and Faith

Commonwealth Chorale’s March concert explores fate and faith through the richly expressive music of Johannes Brahms’s Schicksalslied, Felix Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42, and Fanny Hensel’s Lobgesang. Brahms and Mendelssohn are two of the 19th Century’s best known composers. But for the social mores of her day, Mendelssohn’s sister Fanny Hensel would likely be as well known. […]

Commonwealth Chorale: “Glory and Praise”.

Under the baton of Artistic Director Dr. Michael Driscoll, our November concert features Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Francis Poulenc’s Gloria. Premiered in the 1960s, both were influenced by jazz and popular music, and both exemplify the power of ancient sacred texts to express timeless desires for peace and spiritual transcendence. Also on the program […]

Policing Black Communities from 1854 to 2023: Changing Public Safety Narratives

The Reverend Rahsaan D. Hall will deliver the 2023 Theodore Parker Lecture on “ Policing Black Communities from 1854 to 2023:  Changing Public Safety Narratives.”   Sunday, March 26th, at 2pm, in person at Theodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church, 1859 Centre Street, West Roxbury, and online.  Q&A session and reception will follow.   Registration is free and […]

Majestic Sounds – A Commonwealth Chorale Concert

This, our final concert of the season, is one not to be missed. It showcases our classical roots and celebrates the one who developed and fine-tuned them over the last 44 years. Music Director David Carrier is retiring and this is his magnificent finish: Joseph Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (Lord Nelson Mass) and Bach’s Cantata […]

The Urgency of Equal Education for All

Rev. Willie Bodrick II of the Twelfth Baptist Church of Roxbury delivers the 6th Theodore Parker Lecture on the continuing importance of equal education to a social justice agenda, in Boston and beyond.

West Roxbury Reads Presents Jabari Asim

Author, poet and playwright Jabari Asim, head of the creative writing program at Emerson College, will discuss his book of essays, We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival at the West Roxbury Branch Library. Copies of Asim’s books for children and adults will be available for purchase at the […]