Choral Concert Features Music and Readings by Geraldine Brooks About King David

Geraldine Brooks

(LENOX, Mass.) — The Cantilena Chamber Choir will be joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks for King David in Words and Music, at Trinity Church on Saturday, June 3, at 7:30pm. Brooks will read from her latest international best-selling novel “The Secret Chord” about the life of King David as the choir sings music for chorus and full orchestra based on corresponding texts by and about King David.

On the program will be music from the Handel Oratorio Saul, the Coronation Anthem Zadok the Priest, music by Salamone Rossi, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Honegger (from King David) and the choral masterpiece When David Heard, by Eric Whitacre, the immensely popular composer of contemporary choral music.

Geraldine Brooks is the author of five novels, her latest, The Secret Chord, the Pulitzer Prize–winning March and the international bestsellers Caleb’s Crossing, People of the Book, and Year of Wonders. Caleb’s Crossing was the winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction and the Christianity Today Book Award, and was a finalist for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. People of the Book was named the Australian Book Industry Book of the Year in 2009. In 2010, she received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement.

Brooks will read from The Secret Chord at Temple Anshe Amunim’s Spring into Summer Brunch on Sunday, June 4, at 10am at Temple Anshe Amunim in Pittsfield.

Concert tickets are $30 adults, $20 seniors and free for children 12 and under. To purchase tickets or request information visit Cantilena Chamber Choir. Phone: 518-791-0185 or email

The Cantilena Chamber Choir is comprised of 24 dedicated singers of the highest caliber, who possess vocal training, excellent sight-reading skills and considerable choral experience. Now in its thirteenth season, the Choir is the recipient of a Peers grant award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the only Berkshire choir so honored. It is also a two-time winner of the prestigious Choral Arts New England’s Alfred Nash Patterson Award for unique programming. Andrea Goodman, the founder and director of the choir, also serves as the Music Director for the annual summer Saratoga Choral Festival in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.






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