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 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.
Holiday music from Spanish speaking composers, from the 16th to the 20th Century.
On Friday evening, December 15th and Sunday afternoon, December 17th, Grace Chorale will perform its Winter Concert, Navidad Nuestra.
Music will include:
"Riu, Riu Chiu"
Fuera! Fuera! haganles lugar - Roque J. Chavarria
¡Ay Andar, a Tocar, a Cantar, a Bailar! - Juan de Araujo
"Carols & Lullabies: Christmas In The Southwest" - Conrad Susa
Convidando esta la noche by Garcia de Zespedes
Navidad Nuestra by Ariel Ramirez
Performances will take place at St. Ann's in Brooklyn Hts.
Stay tuned for more details
On June 10th, Grace Chorale hosted the Congressional Chorus of Washington DC. It was great fun singing with them, and a wonderful concert with original music commissioned by both Chorales and a reprise of selections from our celebrated Duke Ellington Sacred Concert performed in 2016.
A great end to our 40th Anniversary Year
music clips from the concert below
Who says GCB can't Party?! On May 22nd, the Chorale celebrated its 40th Anniversary bringing music to Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Historical Society was rocking (even the fire department got into the act)...proof:
GCB Past Performances:
Songs of Spring
On April 28th and 29th, GCB performed an eclectic medley of songs in celebration of the Spring season. The concerts took place at the First Unitarian in Brooklyn Hts. and at All Saints in Park Slope with the accompaniment of a jazz quartet and poetry recitations. Of particular note was the premiere of "April Song," a GCB commissioned piece by Brooklyn-based composer, Matt Podd.
and the encore
O Magnum Mysterium
On Friday, December 9th and Sunday, December 11th, Grace Chorale of Brooklyn performed its annual Holiday Concert at Grace Episcopal Church in Brooklyn Hts. accompanied by an eight-piece brass ensemble and organ.
The music opened 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
Brooklyn Priemiere of
Duke Ellington's 'Sacred Concert'
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 was accompanied in performance by the 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.
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:
The Christmas Oratorio
On December 18th and 20th, our Winter Concert featured The Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, by J.S. Bach. 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