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The Cecilia Chorus of New York, Mark Shapiro, Music Director Presents New York Premiere of Dame Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D as Part of Sisters in Arms Concert on April 14 at Carnegie Hall

Location: New York, USA
Voicing: Mixed
The Cecilia Chorus of New York, Mark Shapiro, Music Director will present Sisters in Arms, a concert on Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 PM in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, 57th Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan. The program will be performed with orchestra, and soloists will be Felicia Moore, soprano, Heather Johnson, mezzo-soprano, Eric Barry, tenor and Matthew Trevino, bass. Ms. Moore was recently named a winner of the 2013 George London competition.
 
This concert features the New York Premiere of Dame Ethel Smyth’s neglected 1893 masterpiece Mass in D and scenes from The Maid of Orleans, an opera by Tchaikovsky about Joan of Arc.
 
Smyth scholar Dr. Elizabeth Wood says about the Mass, “1891 was a year of crisis for Ethel 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 http://www.jamesarts.com/internationalcomposer/smyth.html.
 
Tickets for the April 14 concert range from $25 to $80, and can be purchased online at http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2013/4/14/0200/PM/The-Cecilia-Chorus-of-New-York-with-Orchestra/, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or visiting the box office at 57th Street and 7th Avenue.
 
For more information about this concert, visit http://www.ceciliachorusny.org/ or call 646-638-2535.
 
The Cecilia Chorus of New York was founded in 1906 as The St. Cecilia Chorus. The Chorus has won recognition as a prominent performing arts organization in New York City and has left its mark on American musical history.
 
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 http://www.ceciliachorusny.org/music-director-mark-shapiro/.
 
For photos or press inquiries, please contact Jeffrey James Art Consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net.
 
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