New York Choral Society Presents Jennifer Higdon’s The Singing Rooms; Gustav Holst’s The Hymn of Jesus
Date: March 17, 2014
Location: New York, USA
Date & Time: April 29, 2014, 8:00 PM
Where: Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium, 57th St. & 7th Ave., NYC
Gustav Holst The Hymn of Jesus
Soloist: Jennifer Koh, Violin
By telephone: CarnegieCharge, 212-247-7800
On April 29, 2014 music director David Hayes and the New York Choral Society and orchestra will present the New York premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s The Singing Rooms at Carnegie Hall with a special appearance by acclaimed violinist, Jennifer Koh.
Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon has been described as a “hot commodity” (New York Times) and is one of the most performed living composers today. The Singing Rooms, for chorus, orchestra and solo violin has been described as “one of Higdon’s best” (Philadelphia Inquirer). ConcertoNet.com says ”the emotional spectrum is almost staggering- from pastoral to cataclysmic.”Ms. Higdon describes The Singing Rooms as a house where the violin sings, the choir sings and the orchestra sings. Every room is its own sound world.
Join us for a tour through this extraordinary house that we all inhabit; the house of life.
The program will also include a performance of Gustav Holst’s rarely performed The Hymn of Jesus. A work of great depth and beauty, it is the first major piece Holst composed after completing The Planets. First performed in London in 1920, Hymn of Jesus is not a “sacred” piece, but a positive response to great suffering—Holst’s artistic and philosophical response to the Battle of the Somme, during which, in 1916, over two million people were killed. The piece is written for double chorus, creating a sensation of distance in time and space. The large choral forces of the New York Choral Society and the wonderful acoustics of Carnegie Hall will combine to bring Holst’s unique style to life.