Cecilia Chorus features soloists from around the world in Christmas Oratorio
Posted 11/30/2017

CCNY--Christmas OratorioThe Cecilia Chorus of New York will feature soloists from across the United States and around the world in its performance of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio on Saturday, December 9 at 8:00 PM at Carnegie Hall. The concert will be performed by the soloists, chorus and full orchestra, all under the direction of Maestro Mark Shapiro.

The soloists will be Kentucky native Rebecca Farley, soprano; California’s Renee Tatum, mezzo-soprano; Canada’s Charles Sy, tenor; and China’s William Guanbo Su, bass. Guest soloist Vivian Yau (from Hong Kong) will sing the role of "echo soprano." An important part of the chorus's mission is to present promising artists in hall and role debuts. This performance marks the Carnegie Hall main stage debuts of Sy, Yau and Su. The Cecilia Chorus of New York presented Farley in her Carnegie Hall debut in December 2016. More...

NJCS premieres composition by Hawthorne teen
Posted 11/22/2017

Christopher VehmasChristopher Vehmas, a 17-year-old musician and singer from Hawthorne, NJ, is not your typical teen. In addition to playing soccer, tennis and baseball, he has studied piano for the past seven years and played guitar for eleven years. He has also been employed as a part-time actor at the Metropolitan Opera for the past six seasons, having appeared in Il Trovatore, Turandot and Andrea Chénier, and is currently appearing in La Bohème through March 10, 2018.

Vehmas also sings with the prestigious New Jersey Choral Society, an auditioned community chorus based in Ridgewood, led by Artistic Director and Conductor Eric Dale Knapp. On two occasions he was invited by Knapp, who tutors him in conducting, to conduct pieces for NJCS – When You Wish Upon a Star during the "Disney Salute" concert in 2015 and Inscription of Hope during the "O Fortuna" concert in 2016. This December, Vehmas’s first composition, Laudate Dominum, will receive its world premiere during the New Jersey Choral Society’s holiday concert series, "Celebration of Carols." The concerts will be held on Saturday, December 2 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 PM at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 30 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ as well as Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 PM at the West Side Presbyterian Church, 6 South Monroe Street, Ridgewood, NJ. More...

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  • Robert De Cormier, longtime director of The New York Choral Society and arranger for Harry Belafonte and Peter, Paul and Mary, has died. He was 95. Read about his life at The New York Times. (2017-11-13)
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  • Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church (CAPC), one of New Jersey’s most beautiful and historic churches, is pleased to announce the appointment of Deborah Simpkin King as its new Interim Director of Music. In addition, Dr. King will serve as the Artistic Director of the church-sponsored Crescent Concerts Series, a multi-disciplinary presentation of vocal, instrumental, choral and orchestral music events for the residents of Plainfield and the surrounding communities. (2017-8-13)
  • The Ember Ensemble, which will be presenting the East Coast premiere of John Muehleisen’s oratorio, But Who Shall Return Us Our Children – A Kipling Passion, in November, is opening its read-through of the work on Monday evening, July 31, to the public, free of charge. For details, see the Concert Calendar. (2017-7-28)

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