May 26, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Shakers estimated twenty-five thousand songs received to date and approximately ten thousand survive – more than all ballads and spirituals combined.  From American anthems like Simple Gifts to lesser-known hymns, ballads, and laboring songs, music continues to occupy a central role in Shaker life and worship. While Mighty Thunders Roll explores and expands this musical legacy through a display of historic objects and ephemera shown alongside newly commissioned a capella renditions of Shaker songs performed by a selection of popular musicians including Laurie Anderson, Yo-Yo Ma, and Natalie Merchant. Displayed on video and audio installations throughout Hancock Shaker Village, While Mighty Thunders Roll enlivens the history of Shaker music, and illuminates the power of voice as a fundamental expression of spirit.


On view May 25 – November 11.

Sponsored by Joyce Bernstein and Larry Rosenthal, The Dobbins Foundation, Mac & Jenny Morris in memory of Alicia Morris, and Hill Engineers, Architects, and Planners Inc.