Glory to Glory
Fri, Apr 7, 2023
Glory to Glory (A Revival For Devotional Art)

Featuring Twinkie Clark & The Clark Sisters, the piano and choral works of Mary Lou Williams performed by Artina McCain and Malcolm J. Merriweather with Voices of Harlem, and Angella Christie

Centering artists who have dedicated their musical works to faith and the profound experience of religion, this program celebrates women who have delivered Black praise through contemporary conventions in spiritual and devotional music. Glory to Glory (A Revival to Devotional Art) marries homage and ministry to celebrate and uplift their faithfulness to Christ and craft.

Legendary organist, singer-songwriter, and producer Twinkie Clark will be joined by The Clark Sisters for a special performance celebrating the exemplary musicianship of her legacy.

The night will also feature spiritual choral compositions by the late Mary Lou Williams, with New York Philharmonic’s choral director Malcolm J. Merriweather leading a 14-person choir through these acclaimed works, and concert pianist Artina McCain performing a selection of Williams’ spiritual piano pieces. Connecting Mary Lou Williams’ legacy to modern instrumental ministry, this show also features gospel’s premiere saxophonist and psalmist Angella Christie. The program will bear witness to her artistic gift through the saxophone, an instrument with origins rooted in the church.

Program Notes from Saint Heron

Fri Feb 17
BAM Members and Saint Heron Patrons at 12pm
Tue Feb 21
General Public at 12pm


BAM Members receive 20% off through March 15. No promo code needed.

All performances will adhere to protocols developed in accordance with New York State regulations and in consultation with medical professionals for the safety of our artists, audiences, and staff. 

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Friday April 07, 2023
Performances no longer available.

Leadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by
the Jerome L. Greene Foundation

JL Greene


Leadership support for programming in the
Howard Gilman Opera House provided by:

JL Greene


Leadership support for Eldorado Ballroom, Curated by Solange Knowles for Saint Heron provided by Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels:

Van Cleef

Twinkie Clark
Twinkie Clark
Twinkie Clark—known as the mother of contemporary gospel music and queen of the B3 Hammond organ—has been described by NPR’s Ashon Crawley as “a musician who transforms the mechanical object of the Hammond organ into a voice-like instrument, who can use the sounds of her sisters, their harmonic structure and pattern and dissent, as extensions of her own vocality.”
Glory to Glory
The Clark Sisters
The Clark Sisters is an American gospel vocal group consisting of five sisters: Jacky Clark Chisholm, Denise Clark Bradford, Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark-Terrell, Dorinda Clark-Cole, and Karen Clark Sheard. The daughters of gospel musician and choral director Mattie Moss Clark, they are credited for helping to bring gospel music to the mainstream and are considered pioneers of contemporary gospel. With three Grammy awards and 16 albums, the Clark Sisters is the best-selling female gospel group in history.
Malcolm Merriweather
Conductor and baritone Malcolm J. Merriweather is director of the New York Philharmonic’s Chorus and Music Director of The Dessoff Choir, established in 1930 and known for its performances of great choral works from the pre-Baroque era through the 21st century. He is also the Artistic Director of Voices of Haiti, based in Port-au-Prince. This iteration of Voices of Harlem is a 14-piece vocal ensemble assembled by Merriweather especially for this event.
Glory to Glory
Artina McCain
Artina McCain has built a three-fold career as a performer, educator, and speaker. She is dedicated to promoting the work of Black and other underrepresented composers. She has been spotlighted at concerts from the Barbican Center to Carnegie Hall and has been featured with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
Angella Christie
Angella Christie
Angella Christie, gospel’s premiere saxophonist and psalmist, has performed in nearly 150 countries with allegiance to the songs of church and appreciation for the sounds of today.
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