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An evening with Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens

Photo courtesy of Ebru Yildiz
Photo courtesy of Ebru Yildiz

Time & Date

Thursday, April 13, 2023, 10:30 pm

Both in-person and virtual tickets are available for this event. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Event Location

WBUR CitySpace890 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215Open in Google Maps

Ticket Price



On Point host Meghna Chakrabarti moderates a conversation with Rhiannon Giddens. Giddens is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, MacArthur Fellowship recipient, and artistic director of social-impact organization and musical ensemble, Silkroad. She wrote the music for the ballet “Black Lucy & the Bard” (aka “Lucy Negro, Redux”) and the libretto and music for her original opera, “Omar.”

In October 2022, Giddens published “Build a House,” which celebrates Black history and culture in her unflinching, uplifting and gorgeously illustrated children’s picture book. Copies of the book will be available for purchase from our bookstore partner Brookline Booksmith and Giddens will sign following the conversation.

CitySpace Tickets
Premiere: $25.00 [SOLD OUT]
General: $15.00
Student: $5.00

Virtual Tickets
$5.00 (only one ticket needed per household)

Ways To Save

  • WBUR Sustainers save $5.00 on in-person and virtual tickets to this event.
  • WBUR Members save $5.00 on in-person tickets to this event.

To apply the discount to your ticket purchase online, you’ll need to enter a promo code. You can get your code by emailing

Registrants may be contacted by CitySpace about this or future events.

About “Build a House” 

As an acclaimed musician, singer, songwriter, and cofounder of the traditional African American string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens has long used her art to mine America’s musical past and manifest its future, passionately recovering lost voices and reconstructing a nation’s musical heritage. Written as a song to commemorate the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth—which was originally performed with famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma—and paired with bold illustrations by painter Monica Mikai, “Build a House” tells the moving story of a people who would not be moved and the music that sustained them.

Steeped in sorrow and joy, resilience and resolve, turmoil and transcendence, this dramatic debut offers a proud view of history and a vital message for readers of all ages: honor your heritage, express your truth, and let your voice soar, even—or perhaps especially—when your heart is heaviest.

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