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Welcome Yule! (Harlem)

  • St. Philips Church 204 West 134th Street New York, NY, 10030 United States (map)

Ticket: $20-40 in advance; $25-$45 at the door.

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The Dessoff Choirs ushers in the winter solstice with a performance of Margaret Bonds’ The Ballad of the Brown King with orchestra, coinciding with Dessoff’s CD release of this never-before recorded work. 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 opens with traditional holiday motets and concludes with Silent Night by candlelight and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.

Pre-concert talk with Dr. Ashley Jackson - 3:15 pm

Rise up, Shepherd, and Follow André J. Thomas (b. 1952)
Carol: O come all ye faithful John Francis Wade (1711-1786)
Arr. David Willcocks (b. 1919-2015)
Come to Bethlehem Peter Warlock (1894-1930)
I wonder as I wander arr. John Rutter (b. 1945)
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming Dale Adelmann (b. 1961)
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 7
Messiah Sing
Later Event: February 29
The Sprig of Thyme