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|Brahms: The view from the keyboard
Cathy Venable and Steven Ryan are both seasoned accompanists and accomplished
solo pianists; Steven has been accompanist for The Dessoff Choirs since 1997,
and is a regular soloist in concert halls across New York and New Jersey. Cathy
is a frequent Broadway pianist, as well as being a staff accompanist at New
Jersey City University. The pair will be playing alongside each other in
Dessoff’s March 9 concert, “Brahms the Revisionist,” accompanying the choir in a
four-hand version of the famous German Requiem and playing the
precursor to the F Minor Piano Quintet, the little-heard Sonata for
Two Pianos, Op. 34b. The pair sat down with Dan Stewart to explain the
background to the program, how it feels to play these unique works on the piano,
and the joy of playing together.
Nicholas McGegan conducts Handel’s Samson at Lincoln Center
British conductor and early music specialist Nicholas McGegan will lead
Handel’s glorious Samson on March 4 at 8 PM at Alice Tully Hall at
Lincoln Center. The performance will feature the American Classical Orchestra
and soloists Thomas Cooley (Samson), Megan Chartrand (Dalila), Virginia Warnken
(Micah), John Taylor Ward (Manoa) and Andrew Padgett (Harapha). Samson,
a dramatic three-act oratorio, is considered one of Handel’s finest works. The
piece uses a libretto by Newburgh Hamilton, who based it on Milton’s Samson
Agonistes, which was based on the figure Samson in the Book of Judges.
There will be a pre-performance discussion with musicologist Dr. Neal Zaslaw at
7:00 PM at Alice Tully Hall. Tickets can be purchased online at www.aconyc.org
or lincolncenter.org; by phone at Center
Charge (212-721-6500) or the Alice Tully Hall Box
Office (212-671-4050); or in person at the Alice
Tully Hall Box Office. Prices ranges from $35-$90. Amanda Coleman spoke with Mr.
McGegan about the upcoming performance.
ORTUS International New Music Competition: The face behind the music
often do people get to know the face behind the composition? KHORIKOS is
bringing some personality to its upcoming ORTUS International New Music
Competition by revealing the faces behind the music and creating a direct
connection between artist and audience. As we approach the March 8th performance
showcasing the compositions of ten brilliant living composers from around the
globe, KHORIKOS will be sharing behind-the-scenes footage and personal
interviews of the composers and their works to be performed, along with some
preview recordings of their music. “We would like to draw our audience closer to
KHORIKOS and to the composers themselves, so that people will already be engaged
when they arrive for the performance. We hope that it will create a whole new
sense of community within the new music world,” says Vanessa Hylande, chief
executive of Dorian Artists, KHORIKOS's parent organization.
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- View Stacy Horn's TEDx Montclair talk about the benefits of choral singing at bit.ly/1alfPcT. (2014-2-7)
- Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble is pleased to announce the winners of its 2014 Emerging Composers Competition: Steven Serpa (Coventry, RI), was awarded first prize; Joshua Fishbein (Los Angeles, CA) and Theo Popov (New York, NY) shared second prize. The premieres of all three works will take place in performances at 8:00 PM on March 1, 2014, at St. Paul's Church in Brooklyn (199 Carroll Street) and at 8:00 PM on March 8, 2014, at St. Michael's Church in Manhattan (225 West 99th Street). For more information, please see www.cerddorion.org. (2014-1-20)
- Choral composer Steven Sametz, artistic director of The Princeton Singers, has been named the recipient of the 10th Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize presented by the University of Connecticut, a $25,000 award to compose a new work for a specific area of musical arts that will be performed and recorded. (2013-10-15)
- The Greenwich Village Singers are now the Greenwich Village Chamber Singers. (2013-7-31)
- The Board of Directors of The Empire City Men’s Chorus, under the leadership of Board President Jeremy Davidson, has announced the retirement of ECMC Artistic Director Christopher Clowdus after five years of distinguished service and programming. In conjunction with Mr. Clowdus's retirement, the Board has initiated a search for a new artistic director. See the ad in the Info Exchange for more information. (2013-7-16)
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- February 25, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Rainbow Chorus, a four-part chorus in Kingston, NY open to LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly men and women. New Choir Directory listing for Tapestry, a new volunteer choir based in Lower Manhattan. New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Connection Community Chorale in Long Island City.
- February 14, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Connecticut-based Greater Middletown Chorale.
- February 11, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Saint Joseph Parish Choir in Spring Valley, NY.
- January 25, 2014: New link for The Center for Vocal Health, part of the Voice and Swallowing Institute at the New York Ear and Eye Infirmary. New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Middle Church Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir in the East Village.
- January 20, 2014: New Choir Directory listing for the St. John's Lutheran Church Adult Choir in Summit, NJ.
- January 16, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Festival of Voices, an SATB choir based at Marble Collegiate Church.
- January 15, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for The Chorale of the Church of St. Patrick, Huntington.
- December 1, 2013: New Choir Directory listing for the First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown Choir in Yorktown, NY.
- November 25, 2013: New link for ConcertTour.org's listing of New York concerts.
- November 18, 2013: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Aftersox, a post-collegirate women's a cappella ensemble in Park Slope.
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Society, The West Village
SILVER: Big Apple Chorus, The Brooklyn Community Chorus,
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Florilegium Chamber Choir,
Greenwich Village Chamber Singers,
Riverside Choral Society,
St. George's Choral Society,
Schola Cantorum on Hudson,
The Stonewall Chorale
The Babylon Chorale,
C4: The World's First Choral Composer/Conductor Collective,
Cantabile Chamber Chorale,
Christ Church Choir,
Douglas Frank Chorale,
Down Town Glee Club,
Lehman College and Community Chorus,
New Amsterdam Singers,
The New Choral Society,
New York Choral Society, Renaissance Street Singers,
Renaissance Vocal Ensemble,
Riverdale Choral Society,
Russian Chamber Chorus of New York,
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