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Voices of ascension 2018/2019 CONCERT SEASON

All Concerts 7:30pm at The Church of the Ascension, 36 Fifth Avenue at Tenth Street
*EXCEPT March 20th Concert at The Brick Church (1140 Park Avenue)

A Voice of her own*

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Celebrating a Thousand Years of Choral and Vocal Masterpieces by Great Women Composers
March 20, 2019, 7:30PM at The Brick Church (1140 Park Avenue)

From the haunting twelfth century chants of Hildegard of Bingen to the world premier of a new work by contemporary master Bora Yoon, Music Director Dennis Keene has selected the most captivating works of women artists through the ages.

Though often unsung and sometimes forced to remain in disguise behind male protectors, these inspired women creators will get their rightful place in the spotlight at this groundbreaking Voices of Ascension concert.

Featuring European masters like Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelsohn, and Ethel Smyth to American greats like Amy Beach, Florence Price, and Jocelyn Hagen, this performance will also be the New York premiere of works from Lili Boulanger, Cécile Chaminade, and Imogen Holst.

A Voice of Her Own will take you on a musical journey across the centuries through the genius of these extraordinary women.  The selected works will range from the deeply personal and mystical to sacred services of inspirational beauty and secular songs of depth and passion.


Works of Lassus and Byrd

May 1, 2019, 7:30PM at The Church of the Ascension

The extraordinary human artistic flowering known as the Renaissance gave us what is often referred to as “The Golden Age of Choral Music,” when all the greatest composers of the world were writing for chorus. At the very end of this period two figures towered over them all: Lassus and Byrd. Several iconic works will be performed, including Lassus’s Justorum animae and Surrexit Pastor Bonus, and Ave Verum Corpus and Four-Part Mass by Byrd.

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