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Location: New York, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
Who:         New York Choral Society | David Hayes, Music Director
When:       Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 8PM
Where:      Carnegie Hall | 881 7th Avenue New York, NY 10019
Program: L'Enfance du Christ by Hector Berlioz and O magnum mysterium by Jennifer Higdon
Heather Johnson, mezzo-soprano; William Burden, tenor; Alan Held, bass- baritone; Richard Bernstein, bass
Tickets:    $30-80. Tickets may be purchased online at or
Press Information:  Dan Dutcher, 917- 566- 8413,
  New York, NY –The New York Choral Society (NYCS) returns to Carnegie Hall under the baton of David Hayes, making his debut as Music Director on Tuesday, December 18th at 8pm for a presentation of two  choral works.  The concert will open with O magnum mysterium by Pulitzer-prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon.  Written for chorus accompanied by a small, novel musical ensemble, O magnum mysterium is an innovative, harmonically rich work that marvels at the mystery of Jesus’ birth, setting the stage perfectly for the Berlioz oratorio that follows.  In L’Enfance du Christ, Berlioz tells a dramatic and moving story of Mary, Joseph, and the newborn Jesus in the days following his birth.  It's a story about their flight to save their baby from King Herod’s murderous plot, the rejection they meet with along their way, and the kind but unlikely stranger who finally offers them a refuge in his home. Berlioz masterfully combines soloists, orchestra and chorus in this composition. Soloists are Heather Johnson, mezzo-soprano; William Burden, tenor; Alan Held, bass-baritone, and Richard Bernstein, bass.  This concert will be presented with English supertitles.
"This program is a choral music lover's dream,” said Mr. Hayes.  “This work will feature the chorus in all its glory, and I can't wait to hear the wonderful voices of the New York Choral Society let loose that glorious sound in the splendid acoustics of Carnegie Hall.”
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