New York Choral Society Summer Sings
Date: June 22, 2012
Location: New York, USA
When was the last time you sang in public? Are you a choral music buff but don't have time to belong to a chorus? Join others in raising the roof with song. Blow away your vocal cobwebs and experience the great fun and satisfaction of singing as part of a group. Keep your passion for singing alive by joining us in our 52nd annual celebration of summer. It's easy; we lend you the scores for the evening, provide accompaniment and soloists in the comfortable air-conditioned surroundings at Peter Norton Symphony Space Leonard Nimoy Thalia, and you are the chorus.
Wednesday, July 25
Phillip Cheah, Central City Chorus
Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb
Mozart’s Requiem is one of the most popular and beloved works in the choral repertoire. Composed in the last year of Mozart’s life, the Requiem contains all the power for which the composer is famous in its vision of the finality of death. His musical legacy—and particularly his Requiem—has brought outstanding beauty and richness to Western culture as few other composers have. Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb is a chaotic, brilliant and festive catalog of the variety of ways in which all living things worship and praise God. Phillip Cheah is music director of the Central City Chorus and of Guildsingers, a medieval music consort of voices. As a champion of contemporary music, he cofounded C4 Choral/Composer/Conductor Collective, an ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of music written in the last quarter century.
Wednesday, August 1
Clara Longstreth, New Amsterdam Singers
Paukenmesse is one of the most popular of Haydn’s fourteen settings of the mass. It has been long thought to express an antiwar sentiment even though there is no clear indication from Haydn that this was his intention. Calling it antiwar in nature is debatable, because most of the mass is of a lyrically joyful nature. In his Gloria, Poulenc uses a colorful musical palette to express a wide range of emotions, from lyrical serenity to unashamed glee.
Clara Longstreth is music director and founder of the critically acclaimed New Amsterdam Singers. The New Yorker has called her “one of the most imaginative choral programmers around.” “She has a knack for putting together rewarding programs that mix the old and the new, the familiar and unfamiliar.” (The New York Times).
Wednesday, August 8
Malcolm Merriweather, New York Choral SocietyMalcolm Merriweather holds the Bruno Walter Assistant Conductor chair with the New York Choral Society, and is conductor of the New York Choral Society Chamber Singers. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, and in the summer of 2011 was a fellow at the Tanglewood Festival.
Bach: Mass in B Minor
The Bach Mass in B minor was pronounced “the greatest artwork of all times and all people” by the nineteenth-century editor Hans George Nägeli. Today, it is widely hailed as a monumental work of the late baroque period and is performed frequently in the world’s leading concert halls.
Wednesday, August 15
David Hayes, The Philadelphia Singers, The Philadelphia Singers Chorale
Brahms: A German Requiem
Brahms's Requiem demands excessive quantities of passion and drama, angst and sweetness, and power and intimacy. In a letter to Brahms, Clara Schumann wrote, “It is a truly tremendous piece of art which moves the entire being in a way little else does.”
David Hayes is music director of both the critically acclaimed professional vocal ensemble The Philadelphia Singers and of The Philadelphia Singers Chorale. Both have been named resident choruses of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He will be the New York Choral Society’s guest conductor for their spring concert on April 25, 2013, in Carnegie Hall.
Wednesday, August 22
Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass
Conductor: Patrick Gardner, Riverside Choral Society
The Lord Nelson Mass is one of Haydn’s six late masses and is one of his greatest compositions. The original name Missa in Angustiis or Mass for Troubled Times became known as the Lord Nelson Mass after Nelson’s fleet defeated the French on or perhaps near the day of the first performance. Brahms Nänie is a lamentation on the inevitability of death. The first sentence, Auch das Schöne muss Sterben, is translated as “Even the beautiful must die.”
Now in his 22nd season as music director of the Riverside Choral Society, Patrick Gardner is also director of choral activities at Rutgers University, where he conducts the Rutgers University Kirkpatrick Choir and the Rutgers Glee Club.
Wednesday, August 29
Conductor: Julian Wachner, The Washington Chorus, Trinity Choir
Mendelssohn’s Elijah was created in the spirit of his baroque predecessors Bach and Handel, whose music he loved. Mendelssohn had the original German libretto translated into English, and the oratorio was premiered in the English version. The melodrama, easy appeal, and stirring choruses have made this work a particular favorite of choral societies.
The conductor and composer Julian Wachner is music director of the Grammy Award–winning Washington Chorus. In 2010, he was named the inaugural Director of Music and the Arts for Trinity Wall Street, the historic Episcopal parish in Lower Manhattan. He regularly appears on the world’s leading stages, including engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Glimmerglass Opera, Boston Pops Orchestra, and Spoleto Festival USA. He will be the guest conductor for the New York Choral Society’s concert in Carnegie Hall on December 18, 2012.