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Welcome Yule! (Manhattan)

  • Saint Peter’s Church 619 Lexington Avenue New York, NY, 10022 United States (map)

The Dessoff Choirs ushers in the winter solstice with a concert of seasonal repertoire and contemporary arrangements of carols. The concert begins with traditional holiday motets and a premiere of a new choral piece after the poetry of Walt Whitman. The main feature will be Margaret Bonds’ The Ballad of the Brown King, a rarely performed holiday cantata focusing on Balthazar of the Three Kings. The text was written by Langston Hughes and the entire work was written in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. The concert will conclude with Silent Night by candlelight and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.

Pre-concert talk – 6:45 pm
Margaret Bonds and the Ballad of the Brown King
Dr. Ashley Jackson

Adam lay-y-bounden Howard Skempton (b. 1947)
Carol: O come all ye faithful John Francis Wade (1711-1786)
Arr. David Willcocks (b. 1919-2015)
Lux Arumque Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)
Ave Maria Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Spaseniye sodelal Pavel Chesnokov (1877-1944)
WHITMAN COMMISSION Tania León (b. 1943)
Carol: Hark the herald angels sing Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
arr. Daniel Fortune and Malcolm J. Merriweather
The Ballad of the Brown King Margaret Bonds (1913-1972)
Carol: Silent night Franz Xaver Gruber (1787-1863)
Hallelujah from Messiah George Friderick Handel (1685-1759)
Earlier Event: November 11
Requiem for Whitman
Later Event: December 8
Messiah Sing