April 2017 - 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.

Listen in.

... and the encore

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December 2016 - 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
Christmas Cantata
by Daniel Pinkham
O Magnum Mysterium
by Morten Lauridsen
Gloria by John Rutter
Joy (from The Preacher's Wife)
arranged by David Maddux

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April 2016 - Brooklyn Premiere 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:

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May 2014 - Orff's Carmina Burana

In a season of polar vortexes and startling snowfall amounts, it was sometimes hard to imagine that spring would ever come again. But just as the unseen forces brought the crocuses and daffodils, the voices of Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn burst forth on May 2 and 3 in concert performances of Carmina Burana by Carl Orff at the Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity. 

A perennial audience favorite, Orff’s masterpiece is a cantata based on 24 medieval poems in both Latin and Middle High German.  Written in 1936, the text is lusty, dealing with timeless themes of love, sex, drinking, gambling, fate and fortune. The music is, by turns, boisterous and hypnotic, and has been featured in numerous films and at least one notorious faux Super Bowl commercial.

Soloists Peter Clark (Baritone), Anthony Webb (Tenor) and Louise Sullivan (Soprano) accompanied by three percussionists and two pianists joined the chorale to standing ovations from our largest audiences yet! On Saturday night, almost three hundred music lovers filled St. Ann's (including the balconies).

Listen in below: 

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Jan 2012 - Transforming Traditions

Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674) was appointed maestro di capella at the German College in Rome at age 24, an appointment he held until his death.  Although he became famous for his vocal compositions, both liturgical and non-liturgical, he is still celebrated for his crucial work in the development of the oratorio.  The oratorio was the church’s response to the public’s growing infatuation with genre of opera, which was banned during the season of Lent.  His masterpiece, Jephte, reflects the pioneering elements of the genre, which applied operatic techniques without staging and costumes.

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