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Dessoff Choirs: Welcome Yule! (Harlem)

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

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. Please join me for the pre-concert talk on Bonds’s piece at 3:15!