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Welcome Yule! (Brooklyn)

  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 199 Carroll Street Brooklyn, NY, 11231 United States (map)

The Dessoff Choirs ushers in the winter solstice with a rare performance of Margaret Bonds’ The Ballad of the Brown King, a 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 begins with traditional holiday motets and a work by Michael T. Roberts using Whitman texts. The concert will conclude with Silent Night by candlelight and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.

Pre-concert talk – 3:15 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)
To Soar in Freedom and in Fullness of Power Michael T. Roberts (b. 1978)
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: December 8
Messiah Sing
Later Event: March 9
Whitman and the Civil War