Revels RiverSing Cambridge 2013

shutterstock_99826757-300x146Cultures around the world have celebrated the passing of seasons for thousands of years. Revels is a Cambridge area theatrical productions company that has been committed to celebrating the seasons through song, dance, drama and storytelling since its inception in 1971.  Revels has been presenting the Revels RiverSing to commemorate the Autumnal Equinox for the past decade.  The 10th Annual Revels RiverSing will grace the Charles River with a chorus of passionate voices marking the first day of fall on Sunday, September 22.  The event is FREE!

The 2013 Revels RiverSing schedule:

5:00pm – Pre-show fun in Harvard Square’s Winthrop Park
5:45pm – Parade to the river
6:00pm – 7:30pm – Communal choral singing at the river – John W. Weeks Footbridge DeWolfe St & Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA, 02138

The fun begins with face-painting, hula-hooping, puppets, and a honk band in the Winthrop Park.  Attendees parade down to the Charles River where Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary will headline the RiverSing.  It’s a free, open-air family friendly celebration of the Autumnal Equinox, bidding farewell to summer and welcoming in the fall.

Enjoy performances and appearances from:

  • Revels Singers
  • sax great Stan Strickland
  • a folk band
  • guest soloists
  • Actors’ Shakespeare Project
  • Cambridge Poet Populist Lo Galluccio
  • acrobats and street performers from Moonship Productions
  • the magical, larger-than-life butterflies of Gabriel Q.

At the Charles, the whole crowd joins in song with familiar folksongs. Visit to download lyrics (also available on-site).  There are also readings of seasonal poetry, an the night closes with an improvisational call-and-response from jazz great Stan Strickland aboard an illuminated Sun/Moon boat floating along the Charles.

Picnic along the River beforehand and soak in the splendor of the Parklands!
Revels RiverSing sponsors include:

  • Harvard Square Business Association,
  • the Cambridge Arts Council,
  • the Charles River Conservancy (co-founder),
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Revels RiverSing is FREE and open to the public.

Revels is a growing organization dedicated to reintroducing traditional seasonal celebrations to communities. The participants strive to keep the merriment from historical periods alive for today’s generations.

At RiverSing in September of each year, the Cambridge Revels and visitors celebrate the coming of the cooler months through communal singing and the sharing of poetry. Supported partially by the Harvard Square Business Association, Cambridge Arts Council, Charles River Conservancy, and Massachusetts Cultural Council, the event brings in a few thousand people a year.

Revels’ acclaimed touring ensemble, “Revels Rep,” partners with colleagues at In Good Company to bring original musical theater inspired by history into schools and communities throughout New England. Based on historic, seasonal and cultural themes, original programs included traditional music, drama, dance, storytelling and audience participation.

When you fall in love after attending your first Revels RiverSing, you can keep the music going all year.  Revels continues the choral singing throughout the year with The Revels Singers, a  new community chorus under the direction of music director George Emlen.   The 2nd season starts up again Thursday, September 26.  The chorus is open to anyone who loves to sing Revels choral music, no audition necessary.  Rehearsals are Thursday nights from 7 to 9 at Grace Vision Church (formerly St. John’s), 80 Mt. Auburn St., in Watertown.

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