Grace Chorale of Brooklyn is a 80-member chorus based in Brooklyn Heights dedicated to the performance and promotion of choral singing in Brooklyn. Our concerts, performing partnerships, and educational outreach events offer a wide variety of choral music to audiences throughout the Borough, and provide amateur singers of varied experience the opportunity to study the art of choral singing under the dynamic and professional leadership of Music Director Jason Asbury and Assistant Music Director Matthew Henning.
We are also very proud of our commissioning program: For nearly a decade, Grace Chorale of Brooklyn has commissioned a wide variety of choral works by talented New York City composers as part of our mission to support living composers and expand the choral repertoire of the 21st century. The Chorale values our collaboration with them and the wonderful opportunity to breathe life into the work they compose for us.
If you missed our Ellington Concert...
...below is a bit of what you missed:
...and the rousing finale:
Thanks to the truly amazing musicians!
The ringer singers from the Brooklyn Contemporary Chorus
and 'Dancing David', Dario Natarelli
On April 29, 30, and May 1, our Spring Concert featured Duke Ellington's "Sacred Concert”, a rarely performed but highly regarded set of improvisational music. Throughout the 1960’s and 70’s, the legendary jazz musician toured the country with his swing band, collaborating with local choirs in performances of what he called “Sacred Concerts” or “Sacred Music.” The first of three premiere concerts took place in San Francisco at Grace Cathedral in 1965. Two more versions of “Sacred Music” premiered in 1968 in New York City, and in London, a decade later. Because of the improvisational nature of the music, no definitive score of the “Sacred Music” was ever published during Ellington’s lifetime. However, in 1997, the Danish choral conductor John Hoybye, working with jazz composer Peder Pedersen, produced a composite version of “Sacred Music” selected from the original three premieres.
Grace Chorale performed The Hoybye-Pedersen version which elevates the chorus as an equal partner with the musicians, and, following the spirit of the original music, we were accompanied in performance by some of Brooklyn’s best talent, including Brooklyn Contemporary Chorus (Aaron Williams, Conductor), a 16-piece jazz band (Matt Podd, Band Leader), jazz singer Tulivu, dancers from Jamal Jackson’s nationally recognized dance company, JJDC, and up-and-coming tap dancer Dario Natarelli. For more details on our collaborators, click here.
Performances took place at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn Hts. and in Staten Island at the New Dorp Moravian Church.
The Full 2015-2016 Season!
GCB's continuing interest in expanding its musical repertoire and audiences has been reflected in our 39th Season of bringing choral music to Brooklyn and Beyond.
On December 18th and 20th, our Winter Concert featured The Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, by J.S. Bach. Our swelling audiences enjoyed a selection from the six cantatas of The Oratorio. We were supported by members of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra and four exceptional soloists:
Marie Masters, soprano
Rachel Arky, mezz-soprano
Michael Kuhn, tenor
Peter Clark, baritone
Over The Years
GCB Past Performances:
On April 23 and 26, Grace Chorale performed "Twentieth Century British Choral Masterpieces." with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra in the Beaux Arts Court at the Brooklyn Museum. Belshazzar's Feast, a rousing cantata by William Walton, filled the Court with one of our finest performances.
It was a tough Venue with high Reverb...but here are couple of clips:
On January 23rd, 24th and 25th, GCB performed its 2014-15 Winter Concert, Luminous Night, a program of music for Chorus and String Quartet. Ludwig van Beethoven's "Elegischer Gesang" was followed by works from living composers, including Ola Gjeilo's "Luminous Night of the Soul," Veronika Krausas' "Language of the Birds," and Eric Whitacre's "Five Hebrew Love Songs." The concert also premiered a commissioned piece by Brooklyn-based composer, Vince Peterson, based on excerpts from James Joyce's "Chamber Music".
Have a listen below:
Luminous Night - A Concert for Chorus and String Quartet was made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by the Brooklyn Arts Council.
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