CONCERTS AT GRACE

Grace Church offers this concert series for the cultural and spiritual enrichment of Newark and its suburbs.

This series is funded in part by the Music Society of Grace Church.

Sunday, April 10, 2016, 4:00 P.M.

Choral Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Official installation of James Hopkins as Director of Music at Grace Church in Newark. Free admission.

Music by Bruhns, Duruflé, Gibbons, Parsons, Rose, and Tournemire

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 4:00 P.M.

"Te Deum": a concert to re-dedicate the Raymond Memorial "Te Deum" window in the south transept of the church, which was restored in the fall of 2015. Named for the ancient Christian hymn which it illustrates, this window was given in honor of former Newark Mayor Thomas Lynch Raymond. This concert will present a variety of organ and choral music, centered around the "Te Deum" text, and will also celebrate the history of Grace Church and the city of Newark.

Free admission.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016, 7:00 P.M.

Alkemie: Cyprus 1400

We are happy to once again present our Ensemble-in-Residence, Alkemie. In this concert, Alkemie voyages to medieval Cyprus, an island crossroads of French, Greek, Armenian, Italian, and Ottoman influences. Ruled by French nobility for 300 years (1192-1489), this strategic paradise in the Mediterranean captivated kings, diplomats, artists, merchants, crusaders, and pilgrims from across Europe. During this time, Cyprus grew particularly rich in the highly refined ars subtilior style, which prized rhythmic complexity and experimentation. “Cyprus 1400” explores the Franco-Cypriot codex, Turin J.II.9 - a compilation of ars subtilior motets, ballades, and rondeaux rife with rhythmic motives in groups of 7, 9, 13, and even 22. This highly refined court music is juxtaposed with rousing dance tunes from the region and sinuous polyphony from France.