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The St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra Presents Handel’s Messiah on December 9 at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan

Location: New York, USA
Voicing: Mixed
December 5, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net
 
The St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra Presents Handel’s Messiah on December 9 at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan
 
New York, NY – The St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra, Mark Shapiro, Music Director will present Handel’s Messiah on Friday, December 9 at 8 PM in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, 57th Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan.
 
This will be Mark Shapiro’s first official performance with The St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra as its Music Director since he succeeded David Randolph in 2011. Maestro Shapiro has written about the Messiah, “Evolutionary theorists tell us that human storytelling may have evolved as a means of transmitting cultural practices and solutions. From the first strains of the overture, signaling a world in distress, an anxious portrayal of nations confusedly at war, Messiah is a mirror. We hear it, and know it is of our own time and place. The truism holds: everything old is new again.” Read his complete program notes at http://www.stceciliachorus.org/season/files/program_notes_messiah_2011.pdf.
 
Soloists for this performance will be Joélle Harvey, soprano, Carla Jablonski, mezzo-soprano, Adam Bonanni, tenor and Aleksey Bogdanov, bass.
 
Tickets for the December 9 concert range from $23 to $80, and can be purchased online at http://www.carnegiehall.org/Event.aspx?id=4294979326, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or visiting the box office at 57th St and Seventh Ave. For more information about this concert, visit http://www.stceciliachorus.org/ or call 646-638-2535.
 
The season continues on February 26, 2012, 5:00 pm, at the Church of Heavenly Rest when the chorus will perform Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and Schubert’s Stabat Mater. The final concert of Maestro Shapiro’s first season will be Verdi’s Requiem on April 21, 2012.
 
The St. Cecilia Chorus, a secular chorus, was founded in 1906 as a women's group by Metropolitan Opera coach Victor Harris. Since its founding, the Chorus has evolved into one of the finest non-professional performing arts organizations in New York City, and has left its mark on American musical history. The Chorus also regularly performs with professional soloists and full orchestras.
 
In 1995, renowned conductor David Randolph directed The St. Cecilia Chorus in Messiah for the first time. Its two “Messiah” performances that year at Carnegie Hall were a notable success, and by popular demand the work was brought back for successive performances in 1997, 2005 and 2008. Visit The St. Cecilia Chorus at http://www.stceciliachorus.org/chorus/history.shtml.
 
Music Director Mark Shapiro is one of a handful of artistic leaders in North America to have won a prestigious ASCAP Programming Award four times, achieving the unique distinction of winning such an award with more than one ensemble. His work has been praised by The New York Times for its “virtuosity and assurance,” and “uncommon polish,” and characterized by New Jersey’s Star-Ledger as “erudite and far-reaching.” His bio is online at http://www.stceciliachorus.org/chorus/soloists/Shapiro_Mark.shtml.
 
For photos or press inquiries, please contact Jeffrey James Art Consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net.
 
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