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Somerville’s Ambassador of Harmony: The Spiritual Music of Henry Hadley

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Somerville’s Ambassador of Harmony: The Spiritual Music of Henry Hadley

January 16 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EST

Funded by Mass Humanities
Cost: Free – $10

A talk at the Somerville Museum by Professor Dan Breen featuring a live performance by pianist Mina Cho. Please join us for an evening of history and music!

Composer Henry Hadley (1871-1937) was one of the most performed and published American composers of his day. Born in Somerville to a musical family, Hadley’s mother was active in local church music as a member of Somerville’s First Congregational Church, then located on Franklin Street. Henry Hadley became the church’s music director at age 16. He went on to compose religious music that was performed across the country. A film music pioneer, he conducted the New York Philharmonic for the soundtrack to the 1926 film Don Juan with John Barrymore — the first feature film with synchronized music and sound. Hadley also composed an original score for the 1927 Barrymore film When a Man Loves. He received an honorary doctorate degree from Tufts University and founded the National Association for Composers and Conductors. During the Great Depression, Hadley worked with Gertrude Robinson Smith to start the permanent summer classical music festival that became known as Tanglewood.

Many thanks to the generosity of Professors Dan Breen and Mina Cho!

Somerville resident Dr. Dan Breen has taught at Brandeis University’s Legal Studies program since 1998, and in the American Studies programs since 2015. He is the winner of the 2017 Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Professor Mina Cho is a classically trained jazz musician. Cho is also Contemporary Music Director at Somerville Community Baptist Church. Cho holds a doctoral degree in Jazz Studies–Composition & Musicology from the New England Conservatory and is a Ph.D. candidate in Musicology at Brandeis University. She teaches at Emerson College.

More about “Faith in a City”

“Faith in a City” is a project exploring religion in Somerville. Massachusetts through music, photography, video, interviews and history as a way to better understand our community. The focus is how religion is meaningful to people across the City. The project includes concerts, talks, panel discussions and an exhibit at the Somerville Museum. “Faith in a City” includes some congregations near Somerville where local residents go to worship.

Admission: $10, Free for Somerville Museum members and members of participating congregations


January 16
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Free – $10


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