Grace Chorale of Brooklyn (formerly known as Grace and Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn) is a 75-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, including newly commissioned works, to audiences throughout the Borough, while providing 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.
GCB is welcoming new singers for our Spring Season
Informal auditions on January 28, February 4, February 11 (...details here)
Next Up This April:
"Twentieth Century British Choral Masterpieces"
On April 23 and 26, Grace Chorale of Brooklyn will once again perform with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Nicholas Armstrong in a concert entitled "Twentieth Century British Choral Masterpieces." We will be performing two pieces by 20th century British composers: Belshazzar's Feast, a cantata by William Walton, and Ritual Dances by Michael Tippett.
Belshazzar's Feast, remains one of William Walton's most celebrated masterpieces. We look forward to presenting this dramatic, monumental work that vividly depicts Babylon's excesses and subsequent downfall.
Ritual Dances, with music and libretto by Michael Tippett, is a work extracted from The Midsummer Marriage – Tippet's highly regarded opera in three acts. In the words of one reviewer: "A tonal pallette that most can only dream of."
The Concert will be performed in the Beaux Arts Court at The Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Grace Chorale of Brooklyn – Jason Asbury, Director
Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra – Nicholas Armstrong, Artistic Director
with Baritone soloist – Christopher Dylan Herbert
GCB Past Performances:
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".
On the weekend of November 22-23, Grace Chorale of Brooklyn performed Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni in collaboration with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn. The performances were held at St. Ann and The Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY...read the reviews here and here.
Grace Chorale performed Carl Orff's masterpiece Carmina Burana on May 2nd and May 3rd to our largest audiences ever! Almost three hundred music lovers filled St. Ann's (including the balconies), and we were honored with standing ovations on both nights...Have a listen below.