Live from Hancock Shaker Village: Songs of Comfort, a concert for a small, invited audience of essential workers, will be broadcast live on WAMC at 7 pm and will stream on wamc.org or on the WAMC app. (Rain date: Sunday, August 30, 7 pm.) Five extraordinary artists — Yo-Yo Ma, Anjimile, Emanuel Ax, Billy Keane, and Chantell McFarland — will perform on the lawn of Hancock Shaker Village for a regional audience of teachers, nurses, firefighters, health care workers, police officers, maintenance workers, farmers, food bank volunteers, and grocery workers, among other essential workers.
The goal is to create one night of words and music, as a thank you to those who work so hard to sustain us and keep our community safe — and also to inspire them, given that our hardest days may still be ahead.
“Music, like all of culture,” Yo-Yo Ma wrote, “helps us to understand our environment, each other, and ourselves. Culture helps us to imagine a better future…. And these things have never been more important.”
Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will speak briefly during the concert about resilience in the face of adversity.
Learn more about the artists and speaker.