Dessoff Choirs Reveals 2022-23 Season

By Afton Wooten

The Dessoff Choirs announced its 2022-23 season.

The season includes four concerts and a CD release of “Credo & Simon Bore the Cross” by composer and contributor to the civil rights movement, Margaret Bonds (1913-1972). Music Director Malcolm J. Merriweather conducts.

The first concert “Duruflé & Lusitano” features Maurice Duruflé’s “Requiem” and Motets and Madrigals by Vicente Lusitano (1520-1561), the first Black composer to be published. Soloists include mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford and David Enlow on organ. The performance will be held at Union Theological Seminary in Manhattan.

Performance Date: November 5, 2022

As part of the choir’s holiday tradition, they will perform “Messiah Sing” at the Union Theological Seminary.

Performance Date: December 2, 2022

Continuing the holiday theme, Dessoff presents “Welcome Yule.” The first concert takes place at St. Paul the Apostle in Manhattan at 7:30 pm, with the second at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn at 4 pm.

Performance Date: December 9 & 11, 2022

Returning to St. Paul the Apostle, the choir will celebrate the late composer with “Sondheim Revue.”

Performance Date: February 10, 2023

Closing the season is “Envisioning Bach’s St. John Passion” taking place at Mother AME Zion Church in Manhattan.

Performance Date: May 6, 2023