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The Hayden Albums

April 18, 2024| 6:00 PM
April 20, 2024 | 3:00 PM

Boston Athenæum - Henry Long Room

Reservation Opens in March

Welcome to The Hayden Albums, an double-bill interdisciplinary concert exploring the history of the Abolitionist community in Civil War-era Boston through the lens of chamber music. The Boston Athenæum’s spacious Henry Long Room, which serves as the location of this concert, showcases the Harriet Hayden Albums, a collection of authors, politicians, religious figures, and other notable people of the Abolitionist era. Paired with the Hayden Albums is a diverse selection of chamber music relating to Boston, the Abolitionists, and the history of slavery in the United States. This program explores themes of slavery, freedom, the history of Boston, and the relationship between art, social unrest, and civic change. Farayi Malek combines her jazzy vocal stylings with classical music programming to create a wholly unique musical event that unites multiple genres and takes us on a reflective journey of our very own community history.Read more about the Harriet Hayden Albums at the Boston Athenæum’s Digital Collections


With two concert options due to popular demand, we invite you to join BFO Artistic Director Alyssa Wang and BFO musicians in an intimate dialogue about what it means to experience art, and how it can help us to relate to the world around us. Enjoy a wine and cheese reception following the concert, including a chance to explore the special collection and other parts of the Athenæum.


This concert is free, but registration is required!


Porter Grainger, You Ought to Be Ashamed

Charles Ives, Anti-Abolitionist Riots

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Deep River arr. Maud Powell

Margaret Bonds, Troubled Water

Billie Holiday, Strange Fruit arr. BFO

Justin Nielsen, Caged Bird

Farayi Malek, voice

Alyssa Wang, violin

Aron Zelkowicz, cello

Ruoting Li, piano

Musician Bios

Boston Athenæum (Henry Long Room)

10 1/2 Beacon St. 

Boston, MA 02108

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