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The St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra Presents Verdi Requiem on April 21 at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan

Location: New York, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
March 26, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net
 
The St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra Presents Verdi Requiem on April 21 at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan
 
New York, NY – The St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra, Mark Shapiro, Music Director will present Verdi’s Requiem on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 PM in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, 57th Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan. This is the final concert of Maestro Shapiro’s first season as Music Director.
 
The Maestro has written about the piece, “Verdi’s Requiem vividly inhabits an imaginative dimension where secular and sacred intertwine: a realm of magic, spells, charms, amulets, and superstitions. From the incantatory nocturnal opening, through the thundering drums, whistling winds and trumpet blasts of the Dies Irae, to the shimmering fire music of the Lux Aeterna, it is not hard to imagine a detailed and potent ritual being painstakingly enacted.” Read his complete program notes at http://www.stceciliachorus.org/season/files/program_notes_verdi_requiem_2012.pdf.
 
Soloists for this performance will be Jennifer Rowley, soprano, Leann Sandel-Pantaleo, mezzo-soprano, Noah Baetge, tenor and Harold Wilson, bass. Special guests will be the LIU Post Chorus.
 
Tickets for the April 21 concert range from $23 to $80, and can be purchased online at http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2012/4/21/0730/PM/The-St-Cecilia-Chorus-and-Orchestra/, 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 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.
 
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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