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The Cecilia Chorus of New York Presents David Randolph Memorial Lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Wood on April 2 at Roger Smith Hotel in New York, New York

Location: New York, USA
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New York, NY – Dr. Elizabeth Wood will give a talk, Ethel Smyth at the Crossroads: The Mass in D, on Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 PM at the Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Avenue at 50th Street in Manhattan. This is the third annual David Randolph Memorial Lecture, sponsored by The Cecilia Chorus of New York, Mark Shapiro, Music Director.
Dr. Wood says about the lecture, “1891 was a year of crisis for Smyth as she began to compose her first large-scale work, The Mass in D. Grief for the death of her mother and loss of a first love compounded her sense of spiritual and sexual confusion, imperiled her health and sanity, and sent her on restless travels in search of a path to understanding and solace. The “God-intoxicated” masterpiece she created, with its musical message of hope, joy, and peace, both resolved the crisis and revealed an unexpected way forward in her career.” More about Ethel Smyth at
Elizabeth Wood was educated at the University of Adelaide and has lived in New York since 1977, where she had been invited as a Fulbright Scholar to work at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her essays, articles, encyclopedia entries and reviews have appeared in more than 60 publications, and include a series of award-winning critical studies of Ethel Smyth.
Tickets for the April 2 lecture are $20 in advance/ $25 at the door. For reservations, email the Chorus at
When longtime director David Randolph passed away in 2010, The Cecilia Chorus of New York (formerly the St. Cecilia Chorus) created a Memorial Lectures series in his name. This year’s lecture anticipates the Chorus’s performance of Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D on Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 PM at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. More information about this concert at or call 646-638-2535.
The Cecilia Chorus of New York 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 regularly performs with professional soloists and full orchestra.
Music Director Mark Shapiro was appointed the seventh Music Director of The Cecilia Chorus of New York in 2011. He 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.” The 2012-13 season is the first Maestro Shapiro has helped to plan. His bio is online at
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