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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. 

This Fall/Winter Season
Two Concerts:

Musica Mystica
A Long Dark Shadow:
Honoring the Centennial of the Red Summer of 1919

On November 9th and 11th, GCB will be presenting their first concert of the Fall/Winter Season:

O frondens virga by Hildegard von Bingen (1090-1179)
Requiem by Gabriel Faure (1845-1924) 
joined by the Saint Ann's School High School Chorus and Consort

Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958).
Peter Clark, baritone
Jason Asbury, conductor

Concerts will take place at 7pm on Friday, November 9th at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 199 Carroll St., Brooklyn
at 3pm on Sunday, November 11th at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, 147 Montague St., Brooklyn

On March 1st and March 3rd, GCB will be presenting their second concert of the Fall/Winter Season:
 Honoring the Centennial of the Red Summer of 1919

And They Lynched Him On A Tree
by William Grant Still (1895-1978), joined by The Brooklyn College Symphonic Choir; Malcolm Merriweather, Conductor;  
String Orchestra of Brooklyn - Eli Spindel, Artistic Director
with Malcolm Merriweather, guest conductor

The Premiere of a new GCB Commissioned work
by composers Flannery Cunningham and Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa

Jason Asbury, Conductor

Concerts will take place at 7pm on Thursday, March 1st and 3pm on Sunday at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, 147 Montague St., Brooklyn

(stay tuned for more detail forthcoming)

Messiahs False and True

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On May 5th and May 6th, GCB presented
Messiahs False and True
three works exploring the allure of charismatic leaders in times of crisis.

                Paul Hecht

               Paul Hecht

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!

Listen in:

Navidad Nuestra

On December 15th and 17th, the Chorale presented its winter concert, Navidad Nuestra: Holiday music from Spanish speaking composers from the 16th to the 20th Century.
To read more about the program, click here
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