The Dessoff Choirs Celebrates The Holiday Season With Its Annual Trio Of Festive Concerts In #morningsideheights

The Dessoff Choirs Celebrates the Holiday Season with its Annual Trio of Festive Concerts

Holidays with Dessoff: Messiah Sing

Friday, December 2nd, Union Theological Seminary, Manhattan


Holidays with Dessoff: Welcome Yule | Mother & Child

Friday, December 9th, St. Paul the Apostle, Manhattan


Holidays with Dessoff: Welcome Yule | Mother & Child

Sunday, December 11th, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brooklyn


Hailed as “one of the great amateur choruses of our time (New York Today) for its “full-bodied sound and suppleness (The New York Times),” The Dessoff Choirs today announced its annual holiday concert series. Now in its 98th year, The Dessoff Choirs continues to shepherd audiences into the holiday spirit with three performances in some of New York City’s most beautiful churches. This season’s offerings include the popular sing-along of Handel’s Messiah followed by a pair of concerts comprising carols and seasonal favorites.

The holiday season kicks off with what has become an annual tradition for singers all across New York City: the annual sing-in of Handel’s Messiah in Harlem’s Union Theological Seminary. The 40+ member The Dessoff Choirs will be joined by audience members of all ages and singing capabilities. “One of the highlights of our season is singing ‘Hallelujah!’ side by side with our neighbors,” says Malcolm J. Merriweather, Dessoff’s ninth Music Director. “It doesn’t get more festive and warmer than that! “The following weekend, Dessoff performs a pair of Welcome Yule! concerts celebrating Mother and Child, the miracle of childbirth, and Mary in her universal aspect as mother of all Prophets, and co-redemptress with Christ. John Tavener’s Mother and Child (2022) will be alongside standard holiday fare and contemporary arrangements of classics including a candlelit rendition of Silent Night.


Program Details:

COVID Policy: Proof of vaccination and masks are required.

Tickets: All concert tickets may be purchased by visiting


Friday December 2, 2022 @ 7:30 p.m.

Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway @ 121st Street, Manhattan

Tickets: $17.50

Messiah   George Friderick Handel (1685-1759)

Friday, December 9, 2022 @ 7:30 p.m.
St. Paul the Apostle, 405 West 59th Street, Manhattan
Sunday, December 11, 2022 @ 4:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 199 Carroll Street @ Clinton Street, Brooklyn
Tickets: $35 General, $24 Seniors/Students
Carol: O come all ye faithful  John Francis Wade (1711-1786)
arr. David Willcocks (b. 1919-2015)
Verbum Caro factus est  Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)
Loquebantur  Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
Regina caeli  Vicente Lusitano (1520-1561)
Carol: Hark the herald angels sing  Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
arr. Daniel Fortune
Coventry Carol  Gregg Smith (1931-2016)
Go tell it on the Mountain  Evelyn Simpson-Curenton (b.1953)
Mother and Child (2002)  John Tavener (1944-2013)
Carol: Silent night  Franz Xaver Gruber (1787-1863)
Hallelujah from Messiah  George Friderick Handel (1685-1759)