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The Cecilia Chorus of New York Presents Handel Messiah on December 13 at Carnegie Hall and December 15 at Tilles Center in Greenvale, NY

Location: New York, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
December 10, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net
 
New York, NY – The Cecilia Chorus of New York, Mark Shapiro, Music Director will present Handel’s Messiah on Friday, December 13 at 8:00 PM in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, 57th Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan and on Sunday, December 15 at 3 PM at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of LIU Post – Long Island University, 720 Northern Boulevard in Greenvale, NY.
 
Written in three weeks, Messiah is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled from diverse sources by Charles Jennens. A repeat performance of Mark Shapiro’s acclaimed reading of this repertory staple has been anticipated since the Chorus’s nearly sold-out performance in 2011.
 
Soloists for these performances will be emerging artists Lauren Snouffer, soprano, Daryl Freedman, mezzo-soprano, Mingjie Lei, tenor and Ryan Speedo Green, bass. In fulfillment of the Cecilia’s Chorus’s mission to showcase promising talent, all four will be making Carnegie Hall debuts in this performance. The Sunday, December 15 matinee concert marks the Cecilia Chorus’s debut at Long Island’s Tilles Center. Both concerts will be presented with orchestral accompaniment.
 
The Cecilia Chorus of New York was founded in 1906 as the St. Cecilia Chorus. Recent performance highlights have included the New York premiere of the Mass in D (1892) by Dame Ethel Smyth and revivals of works by Peter Mennin and Isabella Leonarda, as well as the Chorus’s first-ever commission/premiere for Carnegie Hall, Divis Cetera by Raphael Fusco. In 2013 The Cecilia Chorus of New York was awarded third place from The American Prize for Performance.
 
Tickets for the December 13 concert range from $25 to $80, and can be purchased online at http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2013/12/13/0800/PM/HANDEL-Messiah/, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or visiting the box office at 57th St and Seventh Ave.
 
Tickets for the December 15 concert range from $43 to $83, and can be purchased online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/handels-messiah-greenvale-new-york-12-15-2013/event/00004A7B9DA3998F?artistid=803841&majorcatid=10002&minorcatid=203 or by calling The Tilles Center at 516-299-3100.
 
For more information about these concerts, visit http://www.ceciliachorusny.org/ or call 646-638-2535.
 
The Cecilia Chorus of New York, a secular chorus, 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 also regularly performs with professional soloists and full orchestras.
 
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.” 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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