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17th Annual “Music From Good Shepherd” Concert Series Kicks Off This Week

George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah,” written in Beethoven’s handwriting; “Beethoven so admired Handel’s work that he wrote it out so as to get the ‘feeling of its intricacies’ and ‘to unravel its complexities’.” Source:

The 17th annual “Music from Good Shepherd” chamber music series kicks off October 7 with a performance by clarinetist Thomas Piercy.

The series of concerts, under the leadership of Musical Director Michael Fontana, will take place over the course of 11 consecutive Sundays at 6:00 p.m. in Good Shepherd Church, Avenue S at Brown Street, in Marine Park.

The series’ concluding concert will be a rousing performance of George Frideric Händel’s “Messiah,” December 16, featuring a full orchestra, choir and soloists.

Admission is free and open to the public. Donations for the performers, however, are encouraged and greatly appreciated.

For information, call (718) 998-2800 or email

The complete concert schedule is below:


October 7: Thomas Piercy, clarinet

October 14: Brooklyn Baroque, flute, cello, harpsichord

October 21: Joseph Brent, mandolin

October 28: The Brandy String Trio


November 4: Daniel Lippel, classical guitar

November 11: Eight Strings and a Whistle, violin, cello, flute

November 18: Gregory Harrington, violin

November 25: Orlando Cela, flute


December 2: The Vento Trio, bassoon, clarinet, flute

December 9: Duo Cantabile, soprano, guitar

December 16: George Frideric Händel’s “Messiah” (Part 1) Choir, soloists and orchestra, Michael Fontana, director

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  1. This is a remarkable series and one of the city’s undiscovered treasures. Music of this quality would get a packed house in Park Slope or Manhattan.

  2. We received an unsolicited article today from a local reporter about the series and have scheduled it to run this afternoon. Some great background on the series, and what to expect this year. Keep your eyes out for it!

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