The town of Rehoboth was established way back in 1643, when colonists bought the land from the local Native population. Their first job: setting up the Newman Congregational Church. The town was sprawling at the time, and once included all of what is now East Providence. 375 years later, the church with the rainbow-colored doors on its lawn celebrates the anniversary of the congregation’s founding. Conceptual chamber ensemble Aurea collaborated with the Newman Church Choir for a concert that weaves together music and text by everyone from John Donne to John Cage, which sprinklings of Handel and Herman Melville and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The concert will be preceded by a free 1pm lecture providing historical context, with representatives from the church, the Rehoboth antiquarian society, and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head.
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