An Evening with Joan Baez

Oct 25

8:00 PM

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

“Joan Baez is still the mother of us all.” – (The New York Times). A musical force of nature, Joan Baez has been influential since the 1960s, both as a beloved folk singer and as a political activist who marched on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement with Martin Luther King Jr. Fifty years later, Baez remains as vital and passionate as ever in concert and on recordings. Rolling Stone called her recent televised performance at New York City’s Beacon Theatre “true to spirit, a folk concert through and through, full of spontaneous sing-alongs and impromptu lyrical ad-libs.


Note: Due to speaker placement for this event, patrons in the Terrace will not experience the same high quality of sound as in other areas of Orchestra Hall.


“Gracias a la Vida” is a signature song for folk-music icon Joan Baez. Its refrain translates to “Thanks to life, which has given me so much.” Chilean folk singer Violeta Parra, a social activist and a leader of the nueva canción movement, wrote the ode a year before her death in 1967. That same year, Baez headlined the 1967 Newport Folk Festival, where she performed that song and other trademark numbers. Fifty years later, this anthem of hope plays on for Joan Baez. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories