2023-2024 CONCERT SEASON
Battell Chapel (BATTELL)
400 College Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Come join us at Battell Chapel, Yale, for a concert dedicated to honoring the poetic legacy of Langston Hughes! Hughes, a prominent 20th-century American poet, played a significant role in the Harlem Renaissance, using his writings to shed light on the African American experience.
This event, made possible by the support of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, will feature performances by The Unsung Collective under the direction of Dr. Tyrone Clinton, Jr., the Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble led by Dr. James John, and the pianist Dr. Konstantza Chernov. These talented groups, along with two guest choirs, will present a musical tribute to Langston Hughes through compositions by notable artists such as William Averitt, Rosephanye Powell, Joel Thompson, Roland Carter, Ricky Gordon, and more.
4TH & 5TH
7:00 PM- 8:00 PM
Nikita Gale's inaugural live performance, "OTHER SEASONS," for Performa, will delve into the concept of the season as an increasingly arbitrary measure. Through a captivating fusion of light, live music, and atmospheric elements, this performance, executed by The Unsung Collective based in New York, will explore themes of labor, visibility, and the weather. Gale's inspiration draws from Vivaldi's renowned composition, "The Four Seasons," a piece that, when first performed in Amsterdam in 1725, was groundbreaking and is now considered a classical equivalent to contemporary pop music.
The performance will reimagine elements from Vivaldi's composition, abstracting and reconfiguring its familiar musical phrases. It will combine acoustic performances, including choral, strings, wind, and percussion, with amplified sounds, creating an experience that evokes the ever-changing nature of weather, encompassing both its mundane aspects and its dramatic fluctuations.
This event is part of Performa and is curated by RoseLee Goldberg and Kathy Noble.
8TH & 9TH
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
LOCATION : CO- CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOSEPH
Celebrate the holiday season with us as we present the enchanting polychoral compositions of Marc Antoine Charpentier, which include his Mass for Four Choirs and Te Deum.
During the early 1600s, the illustrious St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice was the birthplace of a remarkable musical tradition. Multiple choirs were strategically positioned in various areas within the cathedral, immersing the congregation in one of the most grandiose and resplendent auditory experiences ever created.
People from all corners of the world journeyed to hear this awe-inspiring music resonating throughout the sacred space of St. Mark's. Among these travelers was the young Marc Antoine Charpentier, who was deeply impressed by the extraordinary soundscape. Charpentier went on to study under the tutelage of the Venetian masters, adopting and translating their craft into the French repertoire, thus leaving an enduring mark on the world of music.
Join The Unsung Collective on this historic evening as we use our history to propel us forward in a collaborative concert of William Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony and Jessie Montgomery’s Five Freedom Songs. This evening will be a night of celebrating Black culture, and an illustration of both Black narratives and matters pertinent to the Harlem community.
LOCATION: MOTHER AME ZION CHURCH
LOCATION: ROULETTE INTERMEDIUM
Voices in Brooklyn! Voices of Ascension return to Downtown Brooklyn’s Roulette Intermedium with special collaborative partners The Unsung Collective, led by Dr. Tyrone Clinton. Our ensemble will collaboratively create a program around the theme of music as a bridge: between different communities, between self and something greater, and between performer and audience. Join Voices curator Hai-Ting Chinn and Unsung Artistic Director Tyrone Clinton in a program that explores the many rich cultures and worlds of vocal chamber music.
Voices of Ascension Singers and The Unsung Collective in Concert
World Premiere Composition to be announced!
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