Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 2pm

Lenten Meditations

Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church
125-131 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY | $10

Charites musicians Brooke Bryant and Cecilia Lam are joined by Sally Sanford (soprano), Catherine Liddell (lute & theorbo) and Robert Barney (organ) for a concert featuring 17th-century German music by Heinrich Schütz and Johann Schein. Works on the program reflect Lenten themes of repentance, self-denial and redemption, bringing the listener through a cycle of musical renewal that parallels the spiritual journey of the Lenten and Easter seasons.

Past Events

Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 4:30pm

La Voce Meravigliosa

Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts
41 Hampshire Street Cambridge, MA | $10

Charites performs La Voce Meravigliosa, a program featuring musical settings of Italian poetry that explores the act of communicating through speech or song.  This concert features Brooke Bryant, Cecilia Lam and Sally Sanford (sopranos), Michael Eisenberg (harpsichord) and Elizabeth Weinfield (viola da gamba).
Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8pm

La Voce Meravigliosa

Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church
125-131 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY | $10

Charites premieres La Voce Meravigliosa, a program featuring musical settings of Italian poetry that explores the act of communicating through speech or song.  This concert features Brooke Bryant, Cecilia Lam and Jin-Xiang Yu (sopranos), Michael Eisenberg (harpsichord) and Elizabeth Weinfield (viola da gamba).
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 1:15pm

Passion and Piety in the early German Baroque

ARTEK Midtown Concert Series
Immanuel Lutheran Church
88th St. at Lexington Ave, New York NY

Come hear Charites sing works of the three masters of the early German Baroque: Heirich Schütz, Johann Hermann Schein and Samuel Scheidt. Drawn from their respective Kleine geistliche Konzerte, this music reflects the turmoil of the Thirty Years War. The highly dramatic nature of the music and careful attention to the text, revealing the influence of contemporary Italian composition, are paired with characteristically German contrapuntal rigor and modally-inflected harmonies. In a time of religious war, the singing of sacred music was a political action; music brought the war-cries and laments of the battlefield to the peace of the sanctuary.
More Info:     » ARTEK Midtown Concert Series
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 1:15pm

Marvelous Dust

ARTEK Midtown Concert Series
Immanuel Lutheran Church
88th St. at Lexington Ave, New York NY

Charites presents 17th-Century Female Perspectives on the Dissolution of Beauty, a musical vanitas, staged with period gesture, investigating the transient nature of youth and beauty in virtuosic music and poetry by seventeenth-century women composers and writers.
More Info:     » ARTEK Midtown Concert Series
December, 2010

The Happiest Medium
First Year Anniversary Party

M1-5 Lounge, 52 Walker Street, New York City

Charites delights the crowd with a special club set of arias by composers such as Handel, Mozart and--of course--Lady Gaga!!!
More Info:     » The Happiest Medium
May 8 – June 6, 2010
Saturdays 2pm and 7pm, Sundays 2pm and 5pm

Le Cirque Féerique
(The Fairy Circus)

303 Bond Street, Brooklyn

Charites is collaborating with Company XIV for Le Cirque Féerique, a magical menagerie of opera, dance, theater and opulent design. This program — a baroque circus confection — will delight and amaze audiences of all ages.
More Info:     » Company XIV's Le Cirque Féerique
Friday, April 30, 2010 at 10:30pm

Dances of Vice:
Swan Lake Masquerade Ball

Galapagos Art Space,
16 Main Street, Brooklyn

Charites performs excerpts from the Judgment of Paris and Hasse's Alcide al bivio as part of the Swan Lake Masquerade Ball, a Baroque-inspired evening hosted by Dances of Vice.
More Info:     » Dances of Vice     » Galapagos Art Space
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 1:15pm

The Lais of Machaut

ARTEK Midtown Concert Series
Immanuel Lutheran Church
88th St. at Lexington Ave, New York NY

Charites presents lais and motets of 14th-century French composer Guillaume de Machaut.
More Info:     » ARTEK Midtown Concert Series
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 3:30pm

Elisa Palomino Fall Line 2010
New York Fashion Week

General Society for Mechanics and Engineers Library

Charites, singing works by Villa-Lobos, Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninoff, et al., joins jazz vocalist Shien Lee to create a live runway soundtrack for Elisa Palomino’s beautiful Fall Collection.
More Info:     » Elisa Palomino     » Video from Event
December 3 - January 17, 2009-2010

Company XIV’s Snow White

303 Bond Street, Brooklyn, New York

Charites provides the "sweetly musical mirror" (Blogcritic) for the wicked Queen with their "mellifluous and penetrating three-part harmony" (New Theater Corps) singing works by Bellini, Handel as well as traditional Yiddish folk songs. Charites’ own Brooke Bryant creates "original compositions, adding to the already seamless soundtrack; it fits perfectly with the movement and highlights the dance." (Show Business Weekly). And Lisa Jo Sagolla of Back Stage lauds the "harmonious soprano and contralto voices of an exquisite guest opera trio, Charites."
More Info:     » Company XIV’s Snow White
April 4, 2009 at 8:00pm and April 5, 2009 at 7:00pm

Alcide al bivio
(Hercules at the Crossroads)

Casa Italiana, 1161 Amsterdam Ave.
Columbia University, New York NY

Charites joins forces with OperaRepo (now Morningside Opera) for the western hemisphere premiere of this opera by J.A. Hasse.
In 1760, composer Hasse and librettist Metastasio put pleasure on trial; Charites and OperaRepo plan to re-open the case. Only the second production in modern times, this performance combines innovative staging, lighting and costume with the opera's lavish coloratura and stern morality.
Stage Director: Sarah Meyers of The Metropolitan Opera
Music Director: Mark Seto of The Chelsea Symphony
Alcide: Amber Youell
Aretea: Brooke Bryant
Edonide: Brett Umlauf
Fronimo: Sean Parr