The Dessoff Choirs Announces 2023-24 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Dessoff Choirs has announced its 2023-24 season with concerts scheduled for Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The season and Dessoff’s centennial celebration begin with Some Enchanted Evening at Roulette in Brooklyn. The Dessoff Chamber Choir and Maestro Malcolm Merriweather perform selections from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s iconic American musicals.

Performance Date: Oct. 13, 2023 at 509 Atlantic Ave | Brooklyn, NY

The Cathedral Choir of Abyssinian Baptist Church will present Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Maestro Merriweather leads The Dessoff choirs, soloists, and full orchestra.

Performance Date: Nov. 4, 2023 at Abyssinian Baptist Church

Dessoff ushers in the holidays with December concerts in Manhattan and Brooklyn. “Welcome Yule: Sing Lullaby” will “Beati Omnes” by Vicente Lusitano, “Sing Lullaby” by Herbert Howells, “Ave Maria” by R. Nathaniel Dett, “Snow Song” by Florence Price, and “Break Forth” by Adolphus Hailstork.

Performance Dates: Dec. 2 & 3, 2023 at Union Theological Seminary & St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Handel’s “Messiah” will be conducted by Malcolm J. Merriweather.

Performance Date: Dec. 9, 2023

Dessoff returns to Union Theological Seminary for a program of works by American pianist and composer Valerie Capers. In her “operatorio” Sojourner, which premiered in 1981, Capers encapsulates the dramatic essence of the life of Sojourner Truth, the freed slave, abolitionist, and women’s rights activist, in three episodes: Sojourner’s sale as a nine-year-old at auction; her religious conversion and name change to Sojourner Truth; and her statement of the challenges to be overcome by Black individuals and women.

Performance Date: Feb. 24, 2024 at James Chapel Union Theological Seminary

Dessoff concludes the season with “Annelies” by British composer James Whitbourn. Scored for soprano, chorus, and chamber ensemble to Melanie Challenger’s libretto of extracts from The Diary of Anne Frank.

Performance Dates: April 25 & 28, 2024 in Brooklyn and Manhattan