FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2021 at 8:00PM

VENUE Matthews Theater


Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—her résumé as a musician includes performances at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, co-compositions for 100-voice choir, performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, and top-200 entries on the Billboard charts. She contributed to the #1 album The Hamilton Mixtape: her track, “Congratulations,” has notched over 11 million streams. As a writer, she’s been published by The New York Times and National Geographic Traveler, broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio, and published a memoir-in-essays (My Own Devices, 2018) in addition to two literary collections. Her latest album, a collaboration with the Minnesota Orchestra entitled Sound the Bells: Recorded Live at Orchestra Hall, was released in November 2019. 


Click here to read a personal note about Dessa from McCarter's Director of Special Programming, Bill Lockwood.



Dessa: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Dessa with the Minnesota Orchestra


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