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Music Events at The Brick Church

2016-2017 Season

All events will take place in the Sanctuary of The Brick Presbyterian Church, which is on the corner of Park Avenue and 91st Street.

For further information, contact Minister of Music Keith S. Tóth at 212-289-4400, ext. 231 or email.

Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 - 4 P.M.

The Candlelight Carol Service


Join us in the candlelit elegance of The Brick Church’s sanctuary for our Lessons and Carols service featuring the professional voices of The Brick Church Choir under the direction of Keith S. Tóth. An organist will accompany the choir on our acclaimed Coignet-Casavant Frères pipe organ. This service of traditional Advent and Christmas sacred music is a cherished Brick Church tradition and one that will bring beauty, peace and joy to you amidst the busy holiday season.
 
This year's service will feature the world premiere of American composer Robert Convery's "Thou Holy Child of Bethlehem - A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols" which was commissioned by Dr. John B. Herrington III for the Brick Church Chancel Choir and Keith S. Tóth. Christopher Keady will provide the organ accompaniment.
 
Admission is free. Due to the meditative nature of the service, parents are requested to avail themselves of the childcare provided during this service. To request childcare, email Renee Jennings and include the names and ages of your children.
 
 
For further information, contact Minister of Music Keith S. Tóth at 212-289-4400, ext. 231 or email.
 
 
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 4 P.M.
The Brick Church Chancel Choir in Concert:
"Great Choral Music of the Ages"
 
As part of Brick Church's 250th anniversary celebration, our renowned Chancel Choir under the direction of Minister of Music Keith S. Tóth will present a concert of great choral works of the ages on Sunday afternoon, March 12, 2017 at 4 PM in the Brick Church Sanctuary. Organist Daniel Kirk-Foster will accompany the choir on our celebrated Anderson (Casavant Frères) Organ. The program will consists of choral masterpieces by William Byrd, Robert Parsons, George Frideric Handel, Johannes Brahms, Sergei Rachmaninov, Gabriel Fauré, Francis Poulenc, Maurice Duruflé, and C.Hubert H. Parry. Please plan to attend this 60 minute concert featuring the fine professional voices of our choir. As a gift to the Brick Church parish and community, this concert is  presented free of charge
 
Due to the meditative nature of the service, parents are requested to avail themselves of the childcare provided during this service. To request childcare,  email Lena Tharp and include the names and ages of your children.
 
  
 
Maundy Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 7:30 P.M.
Service of Holy Communion and Tenebrae
 
On Maundy Thursday, a service of worship is held in the sanctuary at 7:30 pm to mark Jesus Christ's Last Supper with his disciples and to remember his betrayal, suffering and impending death. The service includes a sermon by one of the Brick Church pastors, the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and the traditional service of Tenebrae, which uses the symbol of progressive darkness to mark the betrayal, passion and death of Jesus Christ. After each reading during the Tenebrae service, the Chancel Choir presents a choral meditation on the reading. After each choral meditation, lights are progressively extinguished in the Sanctuary. The final reading ends with complete darkness in the Sanctuary and the tolling of the bell 33 times to represent Christ’s death. Our most somber service of the year at Brick Church, this profoundly moving and beautifully service is the Holy Week equivalent to our Advent Lessons and Carols service.



 
 Good Friday, April 14, 2017 - 12:15 P.M.
"The Crucifixion" by Sir John Stainer

A Good Friday tradition at Brick Church for almost a century, Sir John Stainer’s Lenten choral meditation, "The Crucifixion", will be performed by the professional choir of the Brick Church including soloists tenor Jeremy Little (Metropolitan Opera Company) and bass Edward Hanlon (Metropolitan Opera Company) on Friday, April, 14, at 12:15 pm. Keith S. Tóth will conduct and British concert organist Alistair Reid will provide the accompaniment on Brick Church's acclaimed Anderson organ. Premiered in 1887, "The Crucifixion" is a fixture of the English choral scene. Musicians today still enjoy performing choruses such as "Fling Wide the Gates" and careers have been founded on The Crucifixion’s baritone and tenor solos. The chorus "God so loved the World" enjoys an independent existence as an anthem in parish choirs across the globe; a minor classic in its own right and a beautifully expressive piece of choral writing.

Please join us for this 75-minute service of sacred music. A free-will offering will be received. Childcare will be available upon request. For further information, call 212-289-4400, ext. 231 or email.

 


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