Come Celebrate With Us!
GCB's 40th Anniversary
of Choral Singing
Grace Chorale of Brooklyn is a 80-member chorus based in Brooklyn Heights dedicated to the performance and promotion of choral singing in Brooklyn. In this our 40th anniversary year, our concerts, performing partnerships, and educational outreach events continue to 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 Matt Podd.
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 2016 Holiday Concert:
"O Magnum Mysterium"
A Holiday choral celebration featuring works for brass and organ.
On Friday, December 9th at 7:00pm and Sunday, December 11th at 3:00 pm, Grace Chorale of Brooklyn will perform its annual Holiday Concert at Grace Episcopal Church in Brooklyn Hts. accompanied by an eight-piece brass ensemble and organ.
The music will open with an instrumental piece Canzona per sonare No.2 by Giovanni Gabrieli, followed by the chorale singing:
Hope For Resolution ( A Song for Mandela and deKlerk)
arranged by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory
by Daniel Pinkham
O Magnum Mysterium
by Morten Lauridsen
Gloria by John Rutter
Joy (from The Preacher's Wife)
arranged by David Maddux
GCB Past Performances:
GCB premieres Duke Ellington's
'Sacred Concert' in Brooklyn
On April 29, 30, and May 1, 2016 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.” GCB performed The Høybye-Pedersen version of the concerts which elevates the chorus as an equal partner with the musicians. GCB was 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.
If you missed the Ellington Concert, you can
watch the 5/29 performance here
or listen to a few music clips below...
...and the rousing finale:
Thanks to the truly amazing musicians!
The ringer singers from the Brooklyn Contemporary Chorus
and 'Dancing David', Dario Natarelli
The Christmas Oratorio
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
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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