Grace Chorale of Brooklyn is an 85-member chorus based in Brooklyn Heights dedicated to the performance and promotion of choral singing in Brooklyn. In this our 41st 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.
The Application Period for the 2019 GCB Choral Commission
is now closed
Information about the Selected Composers will be forthcoming
Messiahs False and True
On May 5th and May 6th, GCB presented
Messiahs False and True
three works exploring the allure of charismatic leaders in times of crisis.
The concert opened with a short choral proclamation by Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt (b. 1915-2014), titled "Cry Out and Shout", a powerful acapella anthem.
The center piece of the program was “Messiahs False and True”, a choral cantata by composer, Rex Isenberg. The dramatic piece, a marriage of theater and chorus, featured narrated texts from figures as diverse as Julius Caesar, Barack Obama, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Jim Jones – figures both heroic and villainous that by force of “the incredible blind faith of their followers…transformed these individuals from relative unknowns to figures of messianic proportions.”
The program concluded with "Rejoice in the Lamb", a cantata for 4 soloists, choir and organ, composed by Benjamin Britten.
Musicians included: Nathan Taylor, ORGANIST; Sam Lazzara, BASS DRUM; Mary Thorne, SOPRANO; Nora Graham-Smith, MEZZO-SOPRANO; Michael Kuhn, TENOR; Peter Kendall Clark, BARITONE
and featuring Paul Hecht, NARRATOR.
The concert was held at the landmark Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims in Brooklyn Heights, a historically significant setting where Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and other charismatic leaders were invited to speak over the course of the last 160 years!