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The Ballad of the Brown King: A Christmas Cantata (1954) by Margaret Bonds*
Messiah (our vest-pocket version) in Mozart’s orchestration

“One was a brown king, followed the star.” Nearly 70 years after she wrote it, twentieth-century American composer Margaret Bonds’s magnificent setting of Langston Hughes’s soul-stirring Nativity poem gets a first performance on the Carnegie Hall stage. Our “vest-pocket” Messiah condenses Handel’s 150-minute epic into a crisp 50 minutes — suspenseful, exhilarating, and perfect for the whole family. With soloists, chorus, and orchestra.

*Carnegie Hall premiere

Carnegie Hall

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
57th Street & 7th Ave.

December 10, 2021
Friday, 8 pm

Original Composition Performed by Elizabeth (Blakeslee) Wierslee

Singing Performed by Ohio Wesleyan University Choral Art Society and The Ohio Symphony Orchestra in 2007 After Effects/Music Video done as a school project

Singing Performed by The Cecilia Chorus of New York on March 2nd, 2019
Each is a full collection of movements from each piece. 


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