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Harmonies of Home

Come and join us at our fall concert – Harmonies of Home – which featured music inspired by a longing to find a sense of togetherness.

About this event

As the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter – it’s natural to want to get cozier in a big sweater as our thoughts start to turn to themes of togetherness and belonging. With this, we are bringing you “Harmonies of Home” where we’ll be featuring the below musical program, inspired by themes of home and resiliency. Get your tickets here!


SIBELIUS – Finlandia

DVORAK — Symphony no. 9 in E Minor “New World”


All players and K2O staff will be vaccinated and masked, where instrument allows.

All attendees are required to be masked and vaccinated*; proof of vaccination + corresponding photo ID will be required to enter the concert.

*We recognize that this may prevent some of our younger fans from attending. However, we are always keeping an eye on the evolving situation and hope to be able to alter this policy for future performances.


Dvorak’s New World Symphony was one of the first ever musical attempts to create an original ‘American’ Sound. The poignant and familiar melodies remind us of the common need to find a place to call home that transcends all walks of life. Dvorak wrote it during his time in the US in the late 1800s as he was deeply inspired by the diversity of American culture (including his discovery of African-American and Native-American melodies) and the American landscape. Dvorak also expressed deep longing for his home in the now Czech Republic in the symphony.

As we all start to come out of the pandemic, a period of time that has perhaps changed the course of life in this country in that all have faced so much separately and together, this great music reminds us of the significance of loving and appreciating our home, calling us to express resilience in the face of adversity, and inviting us to define what our new “American” sound will be in a post-Covid-19 pandemic culture.

Sibelius’ Finlandia, our concert opener, takes this theme of love of home and resilience to a new level. Sibelius loved his home of Finland. Written in 1899, Finlandia is a tone poem written in protest against the increasing censorship by the Russian Empire which was taking place in the late 19th Century. This is music about national identity in a time of crisis. It captures not only the vast, majestic landscape of Finland but also its national pride at a crucial moment in the country’s history.

  • Hosted By

    Kendall Square Orchestra

  • Date

    November 13, 2021 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Location

    First Church in Cambridge
    11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States

  • Cost

    $Sliding Scale