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Antioch's Christmas in the City

Location: New York, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
Antioch Chamber Ensemble presents Ceremony of Carols and 
contemporary holiday choral favorites in historic St. Paul's Chapel - NYC
 
Lower Manhattan – On Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm, the award-winning professional vocal 
ensemble Antioch will present its first holiday concert in New York, Christmas in the City, at historic St. 
Paul's Chapel, located at Fulton Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan.  The program will feature the 
trebles of the ensemble performing Benjamin Britten’s well-loved Ceremony of Carols with solo harp, 
and the full ensemble in Morten Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs on poems by Robert Graves, as well as 
traditional holiday fare. Discounted tickets of $15 are available online only at 
www.AntiochChamberEnsemble.org.  Tickets may also be purchased for $20 at the door, subject to 
availability.  
 
First place prize-winners in the prestigious Tolosa International Choral Competition, the Antioch 
Chamber Ensemble, currently in its 15 their season, is widely regarded as one of the finest professional vocal 
ensembles in the United States.  The ensemble performs works ranging from Renaissance polyphony to 
contemporary masterpieces, but in recent years has earned a stellar reputation for their pitch-perfect and 
expressive interpretation of modern music.  They have premiered works by composers Eric Whitacre, 
Paul Mealor, Bruce Adolphe, Ivo Antognini, and Matthew Brown, and are the recipients of a 2012 Aaron 
Copland Fund for Music grant to produce the first commercial recording of Brown’s choral works.  The 
ensemble's second CD, The Passing of the Year, featuring the titular cycle by contemporary composer 
Jonathan Dove, was released by MSR Classic in May of 2010 to glowing praise from the national press. 
Ronald E. Grames of Fanfare wrote, “The 12-voice Antioch Chamber Ensemble…projects the complex 
eight-part writing with remarkable authority. As elsewhere in this program, the flawless blend, excellent 
intonation, and enthusiastic but sensitive phrasing of these relatively young artists, pure and slightly 
bright in the English style, assures aural bliss… The recordings…are crystal-clear without being 
analytical, the parts distinct, but the voices beautifully integrated into the ensemble.”
Antioch’s musicians are some of the most accomplished and in-demand singers in New York, regularly 
appearing with other respected ensembles including the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, TENET, Vox, 
Voices of Ascension, Pomerium, and Clarion Music Society.  Other upcoming performances in New 
York include a concert honoring the influential and infamous Italian Renaissance composer Carlo 
Gesualdo for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in April.  More information may be found at 
the ensemble’s website: www.AntiochChamberEnsemble.org.  
 
 
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