2015 - 2016 Choral Concert Season

All concerts at Church of the Ascension
5th Avenue at 10th Street


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Masters of the Renaissance: The Netherlands School
Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 8pm

In the 15th and 16th centuries, the richest choral tradition in European history took root in the Low Countries. Renaissance polyphony continued to develop across Europe, but it all began in the Burgundian Netherlands, home to Josquin, Ockeghem, Isaac, Lassus, and Sweelinck.  This concert will be essential listening for lovers of choral music. 

Johannes Ockeghem Sanctus (Missa Prolationum

Heinrich Isaac Sanctus (from Mostoloris)

Josquin Desprez Ave Christe

Orlande de Lassus Benedictus es, Domine, Factus est Dominus, Inimici autem (from Penitential Psalm 3/Psalm 38), Ave Verum Corpus, Christus resurgens ex mortuis, Mon coeur se recommande à vous

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Variations on Mein junges Leben hat ein End, Or sus, serviteurs du Seigneur, O Seigneur, Loué Sera, Psalm 102, Venite, Exultemus Domino, Psalm 90, Psalm 96, Gaudete Omnes

Pierre Passereau Il est bel et bon


Previous Concerts

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Candlelight Christmas Concert
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 8:00pm and
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 8pm

Celebrate the season with the Voices as they share holiday cheer past and present, thrill to the sound of a star soloist, and bask in the glow as hundreds of candles light the sanctuary of the National Historic Landmark Church of the Ascension.

Our annual Christmas concerts regularly sell out, so be sure to order your tickets early for this festive evening! 


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Bach Magnificat in D Vivaldi Introduction and Gloria
Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 8pm

We begin 2016 with one of the most beloved of all choral works, Bach’s Magnificat in D.  Composed during his first season in Leipzig, Bach lavished on this work all the brilliance and inspiration he had to offer.  

Complementing that masterpiece is the color and pageantry of 18th century Venice.  Vivaldi’s sparkling Introduction and Gloria is full of delightful solos, duets, and choruses.  Festivity will fill the air for this glorious pairing of venerated works for chorus, orchestra and soloists.


 Duruflé Requiem
Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 8pm

No other work in the Voices of Ascension repertoire has earned Dennis Keene and the ensemble the same level of international acclaim as the Duruflé Requiem. The work is so beloved by our audience and so emblematic of French musical style that it was chosen to inaugurate the Manton Memorial Organ in 2011. To hear this transcendent work performed by our chorus and orchestra with the unique timbres of the French organ will be a memorable occasion. Other works include French greats Lili Boulanger, César Franck, Charles Gounod, Jean Langlais and Francis Poulenc. 


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Serenade to Music
Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 8pm 

Leave New York behind and be transported to the lush and harmonious world of the British Isles. Vaughan Williams’ splendid Serenade to Music sets the tone for this sumptuous program of music and texts from across the pond. Other highlights include Parry’s stirring Jerusalem (“And did those feet in ancient times”) and his grand anthem Blest Pair of Sirens. Works by Holst will feature the shimmering Ave Maria for women’s chorus in 8 parts, and the inspiring hymn “I vow to thee my country” from The Planets. Excerpts from oratorios by Elgar and others will evoke the British Empire at its peak. And to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, we will be performing the three winning pieces of the Sorel Medallion, each work composed on texts by the great Bard of Avon.