Grace Chorale of Brooklyn & The Vertical Player Repertory to Present Benjamin Yarmolinsky’s ‘The Constitution: A Secular Oratorio’

By Afton Wooten

The in-person premiere of Benjamin Yarmolinsky’s “The Constitution: A Secular Oratorio” will be performed by the Grace Chorale of Brooklyn and the Vertical Player Repertory.

Performances will be held at St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church on May 14 at 7 p.m. and May 15 at 3 p.m.

To pay homage to the language and flow of the Constitution, Yarmolinsky’s work combines the musical styles of 18th-century music, Handelian oratorio, and American sounds like jazz, folk, blues, and gospel. The structure is similar to “Messiah” as it has parts for chorus and arias.

The 90-voice Grace Chorale of Brooklyn will be led by its Musical Director Jason Asbury. The chorale is celebrating its 45th season.

A trailblazer for indie opera, The Vertical Player Repertory continues to bring an eclectic ensemble driven approach to the opera stage. VPR frequently performs in unique settings like the factory courtyard on the Gowanus Canal and the Brooklyn shipping port.

Tickets are available now with the student rate at $15, general admission at $25, and a suggested donation of $45 to honor Grace Chorale of Brooklyn’s anniversary season.