Riversing 2009

On Sunday, September 20th, Revels will celebrate the Autumnal Equinox with thousands of singers, picnickers and boaters at the 6th annual RiverSing along the Charles. This free giant public sing features a number of area choruses and solo artists, all of whom will engage the audience, inviting them to “sing along!”

Over 100 members of various Boston area choruses will participate in this year’s celebration including the Family Folk Chorale, the Halalisa Singers, Sharing a New Song and the Revels Singers. Also, saxophonist Stan Strickland is on board again this year – quite literally – as he performs an improvisational sunset serenade from an illuminated boat on the river at approximately 7:15 pm for all gathered.

Revelers are invited to come early and spread their picnic blankets along the river. Bring a bell (or wear a bell) to help us ring in the new season and small boaters are encouraged to decorate their boats and join us on the river while we sing. The communal singing begins at 6:00 pm and lasts until dark.

RiverSing Entertainment & Processional from Harvard Square

At 5:00 pm drop by Winthrop Park in Harvard Square for RiverSing entertainments of all kinds including a marching band, puppets, face painting and more, then join us in a grand procession down to the river at 5:45 pm.

Earlier that day, Winthrop Park in Harvard Square will be the site of the First Urban-Ag fair in Cambridge! So come early to sample the harvest presented by local growers and grab a bite to take with you down to the river. From 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

RiverSing Location: The Cambridge side of the Charles River near the John W. Weeks Footbridge at Memorial Drive. Parking is limited. T: Harvard Square on the Red Line.

Supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, The Cambridge Arts Council, The Charles River Conservancy and the Harvard Square Business Association, RiverSing is FREE and open to all!


Background: In 2004 Revels first teamed up with the Charles River Conservancy to create a free community singing event along the banks of the Charles River. Since then RiverSing has established itself as a much-beloved fall marker and Boston area tradition George Emlen is Revels’ music director; Patrick Swanson, artistic director. Next Revels Celebration: The Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, December 11-27.

For more information on RiverSing call 617-972-8300 or visit www.revels.org where you can find links to video and photos of previous RiverSings.