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The New York Virtuoso Singers Present Celebrating Women Composers – Part 1 on March 25 at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church in Manhattan

Location: New York, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
March 21, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net

The New York Virtuoso Singers Present Celebrating Women Composers – Part 1 on March 25 at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church in Manhattan

The New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, Conductor and Artistic Director, will present Celebrating Women Composers – Part 1 on Sunday, March 25 - 3:00 PM at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, West End Avenue at 87th Street in Manhattan.

The all-professional choir will perform a program of music by American, Italian and British women, including A Simple Magnificat by Pulitzer Prize-winner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Je me délace by American Jenece Gerber, Jubilate Deo by Italy’s Anne-Marie Turcotte, Still Falls the Rain by England’s Elizabeth Maconchy and For the Time Being: Advent by Scotland’s Thea Musgrave. Guest artists will be organist Christopher Creaghan and narrator David Barron.

Tickets for the March 25 concert are $25 and $15 for students and seniors over 65. TDF vouchers accepted. For tickets, call TicketCentral at 212-279-4200, or go to http://www.nyvirtuoso.org/. Tickets will also be available at the door 30 minutes before the concert. For MTA transportation information, visit http://tripplanner.mta.info/_start.aspx.

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich was the recipient of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize in Music, and was the first woman to receive this award. Her music is performed and recorded by leading orchestras and ensembles around the world. Visit her at http://www.fsu.edu/profiles/zwilich/.

Composer Jenece Gerber explores questions of “meaning” in sound and music. As both singer and composer she is currently focusing on issues surrounding meaning and intention as conveyed through wordless vocal sound. More about her at http://www.sonicfestival.org/node/95.

Anne-Marie Turcotte’s Jubilate Deo has been recorded by the NYVS as part of their Toward Lasting Peace CD for Soundbrush Records.

Dame Elizabeth Violet Maconchy Le Fanu (1907-1994) was most noted for her thirteen string quartets, as well as many fine choral, orchestral and chamber works. More about her at http://www.chesternovello.com/default.aspx?TabId=2431&State_2905=2&composerId_2905=972.

Thea Musgrave’s For the Time Being: Advent is a setting of the whole of the first section of W.H. Auden’s poem, ‘Advent’, in a continuous 25-minute span. The work was commissioned by the BBC for the BBC Singers, and first performed by them in London in 1987. Visit Ms. Musgrave at http://www.theamusgrave.com/.

Founded in 1988 by conductor Harold Rosenbaum, The New York Virtuoso Singers has become the country's leading exponent of contemporary choral music. Although the chorus performs music of all periods, its emphasis is on commissioning, performing and recording the music of American composers. The choir appears on over 20 commercial CDs, including releases on Bridge, Albany, Soundbrush, and Kasp, featuring the music of Roger Davidson, Andrew Imbrie, William Schuman, George Perle, Thea Musgrave, David Lang, Yehudi Wyner, Luigi Dallapicolla and many others. They are Chorus-in-Residence at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church in Manhattan. More about them at http://www.nyvirtuoso.org/aboutus.htm. Join their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-New-York-Virtuoso-Singers/130509011774.

This program is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

For photos or other press inquiries, please contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net.

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