Messiahs False and True

Grace Chorale of Brooklyn presents Messiahs False and True at the historic Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims in Brooklyn Heights on May 5th and 6th, 2018.

Messiahs False and True

Plymouth Church | Brooklyn Heights

Grace Chorale of Brooklyn presents Messiahs False and Truethree works exploring the allure of charismatic leaders in times of crisis at the historic Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims in Brooklyn Heights on May 5th and 6th, 2018.

The concert will open with a short choral proclamation by Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt (b. 1915-2014), titled "Cry Out and Shout", a powerful acapella anthem that bursts with excitement. The joyful text from the Prophet Isaiah calls people to sing out to God and assures redemption: "The Lord is strength and song...with joy shall ye draw water from the wells of salvation."

The center piece of our program is “Messiahs False and True”, a choral cantata by Rex Isenberg which premiered in NYC in 2015. This is a dramatic piece, a marriage of theater and chorus, featuring narrated texts from figures as diverse as Julius Caesar, Barack Obama, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Jim Jones –  figures both heroic and villainous that by force of  “the incredible blind faith of their followers…transformed these individuals from relative unknowns to figures of messianic proportions.”

The program will conclude with "Rejoice in the Lamb", a cantata for 4 soloists, choir and organ, composed by Benjamin Britten in 1943. Britten chose a poem by 18th century poet Christopher Smart whose "Jubliate Agno" was written while in a mental asylum where he was judged to be in the grips of a religious mania. The poem has great color, drama and imagery, depicting idiosyncratic praise and worship by all of God's creation. Britten captures the warmth of Smart's peculiar vision with dancing rhythms, and tender harmonies.

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 there 41st year, the Chorale's 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.

The musicians for Messiahs False and True include: Nathan Taylor, ORGANIST; Sam Lazzara, BASS DRUM; Mary Thorne, SOPRANO; Nora Graham-Smith, MEZZO-SOPRANO; Michael Kuhn, TENOR; Peter Kendall Clark, BARITONE

The concert will be presented at the landmark Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims in Brooklyn Heights, a historically significant setting where Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and other charismatic leaders were invited to speak over the course of the last 160 years.

Tickets For Messiahs False and True, Saturday May 5th, 7pm

Tickets For Messiahs False and True, Sunday May 6th, 3pm


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