West Village Chorale 2023-24 Season
The West Village Chorale is excited to announce our upcoming season!
Unless otherwise noted, concerts and events take place at (or start from) Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South (at Thompson Street), NYC. Accessible entrance is available around the corner at 243 Thompson Street.
Sunday March 3rd, 2024 at 5:00pm
Sunday March 10th, 2024 at 5:00pm
Buy Tickets Online
Advance: General Admission: $25 / Student: $15
At the Door: General Admission: $30 / Student: $20
Under 18 Free (Registration required)
The West Village Chorale and the New York City Master Chorale are proud to collaborate on Would You Harbor Me?—a concert seeking to uplift marginalized and underrepresented voices through choral music.
Through a program of separate and shared pieces, we hope to use songs to highlight the stories of individuals and communities and to show how the act of singing together can inspire us to break down dividing walls.
Join us to hear both traditional and contemporary works from remarkable composers including Ysaye Barnwell, Michael Bussewitz-Quarm, Marques L.A. Garrett, Sarah Rimkus, and Bob Dylan, and from musicals Ragtime and La Cage aux Folles. It continues to be a rewarding process to prepare these pieces, and we are excited for the opportunity this music gives us to bring together our communities and center both our shared and unique humanity.
Sunday, June 2nd, 2024 at 3:00pm
Our final concert of the season features a variety of music for choir and string quartet/piano.
Earlier this season…
A Light of Hope, A Song of Peace
Sunday, December 17th, 2023 at 3:30pm
Advance Tickets: $30 general/$20 student
At the Door: $35 general/$$25 student
As we approach the shortest day of the year, come celebrate the light and warmth of the season with the West Village Chorale’s annual holiday concert! In addition to reprising several festive favorites from years past, the program features gorgeous arrangements of beloved secular and sacred carols, as well as new favorites from many traditions, ornamented by the Calliope Brass quintet. You’ll even get the chance to sing along on a few numbers!
From our Assistant Conductor Rong Zhang’s program notes:
We are so glad you can celebrate this festive time of year with us!
The song that gives its title to our concert, Mark Burrows’ “A Light of Hope, a Song of Peace,” sets the atmosphere for this evening’s program. This particular choice holds significance for me, as I grappled with profound loss during the challenging days of the pandemic when my grandmother passed away. With global restrictions preventing my return to China, I found solace in something my grandfather said: he reminded me gently that I am the light of hope within our family. It is this sentiment that reverberates through Burrows’ composition, a source of comfort and a wish for inner peace that I extend to each of you.
Rehearsing and singing holiday pieces can create and strengthen a sense of community, which is so important during a time of crises around the world. Our wishes to find and pass on comfort and peace extend through a number of today’s works, including the gorgeous Sephardic lullaby “Durme, Durme” and Dan Forrest’s reflective meditation on “The First Noel.” Moses Hogan’s arrangement of the traditional spiritual “Hold Out Your Light” and Bernice Johnson Reagon’s celebratory Kwanzaa work “Seven Principles” urge us to be a source of light and joy to our larger community.
Along with the Christmas and Hanukkah favorites “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “I Saw Three Ships,” and “S’Vivon,” we are excited to share contemporary (and unexpected!) arrangements of classics “Deck the Hall” and “Jingle Bells.”
We hope our music can transcend the stage, connecting us all in a shared embrace of hope, love, joy, and the promise of brighter days ahead.
Thank you for joining us!
🍂A Fall Choral Harvest🍂
Sunday, November 5th, 2023 at 3:30pm*
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South (at Thompson Street)
As the days grow shorter and winter nears, “A Fall Choral Harvest” celebrates gratitude, harvest, and choral Americana. In addition to long-beloved compositions by Aaron Copland, Shawn Kirchner, and Frank Ticheli, the program also introduces newer pieces by Colin Britt and Dale Trumbore. Interspersed between choral works will be four-hand piano selections by Amy Beach and Leonard Bernstein, featuring Colin Britt and the WVC’s incomparable pianist Elena Belli.
*be sure to turn your clocks back on the day of the concert! 🙂