Free Land, Manhattan Concert Productions

Carnegie Hall
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Free Land is Scott’s choral setting of the words of Anthony Burns, who was born enslaved in Stafford County, Virginia and escaped to Boston, where in 1854 he was was captured under the Fugitive Slave Act and returned into slavery. The case attracted national publicity; Burns was eventually ransomed from slavery, with his freedom purchased by Boston sympathizers. The choral text is adapted from the speech Burns gave at the Tremont Temple after his return to Boston. Free Land was written for the Boston Children’s Chorus and is dedicated to their director Anthony Trecek-King, who conducted the premiere of the work in 2017 and the New York premiere in Carnegie Hall in 2018.