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From Mendelssohn to Tippett

Location: New York, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Voicing: Mixed
Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble presents an eclectic survey of Nineteenth to Twenty-first Century choral works by Mendelssohn and Brahms, as well as Jean Absil, Michael Tippett, and Nancy Wertsch. Michael Waldenby’s 2009 work, Memento Creatoris tui, will receive its New York Premiere.
Sunday May 16, 20104:00 pm
Oratory Church of St. Boniface
Willoughby and Duffield Streets (on the MetroTech Campus)
Brooklyn, NY11201
Saturday, May 22, 20108:00 pm
Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church
552 West End Ave. (entrance on W. 87th Street),
New York, NY10024
Public Transportation
Subway: 1, 9 train to 86th and Broadway
Bus: M104, M86
Tickets: $20 at the door/$15for students or seniors
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Biographical Information:  Cerddorion is a mixed chamber choir dedicated to outstanding performances of adventurous programs that span the breadth of the choral repertoire from medieval polyphony to new compositions. As befits its name (cerddorion is Welsh for “musicians”), the ensemble aspires to musicianship in the fullest sense, using the human voice to explore and fulfill the expressive potential of the art. Since its founding in 1995 by Susanne Peck, audiences have appreciated the group’s interpretive depth and technical excellence in a rich variety of musical styles.
About the Performer:  Now celebrating its fifteenth season, Cerddorion is one of New York’s most highly regarded choral ensembles. A chamber group of 28 mixed voices, it is known for its eclectic repertoire, encompassing music from the early Renaissance to the contemporary era. Audiences have come to appreciate the group’s interpretive depth and technical excellence in many styles.
About the Conductor:  Guest conductor Arthur Sjögren has an international reputation as a choral director, music editor and frequent guest conductor at both American and International festivals. He was recently invited to conduct the Pennsylvania All-State Choir, composed of 160 outstanding high school singers, at Wyoming Seminary in Wilkes Barre, and conducted master classes in both Hanover, Germany and the Amman, Jordan Conservatory, in 2009.   For more than 35 years,Maestro Sjögren has been conductor and artistic director of The Pro Arte Singers, the only professional choir in Fairfield County, Connecticut.   Maestro Sjögren was also Director of Vocal Music at New Canaan High School in New Canaan, CT from 1975 - 2008. He is conductor of Charis Chamber Voices in Westchester and the Florilegium Chamber Choir in New York City. Educated at Westminster Choir College, Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory and the Vienna Academy of Music, he has studied with such famous conductors as Robert Shaw, Eric Ericsson (conductor of the Swedish Radio Chorus), and has served on the faculties of Harvard University, Barrington College and Westminster Choir College.
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