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New works spearhead opening sessions of NYC choral music festival
by Dan Nesbett for Vocal Area Network
Posted April 6, 2008

Gregg SmithFive new choral works will be performed in the Thursday and Friday evening concerts of the American Masterpieces Choral Music Festival. The location is Manhattan's Saint Peterís Church at Lexington Avenue and 54th Street. The Festival runs Thursday through Saturday, April 24, 25 and 26. The Thursday and Friday evening concerts each start at 8 PM and are preceded at 7:30 by Meet the Composers Dialogue sessions.

Overall, the works of twenty-eight American composers spanning three centuries will be heard during the Festival. Participants are The Gregg Smith Singers, Cantori New York, The Long Island Symphonic Choral Association, Saint Peter's Choir and the Syracuse Childrenís Chorus. The Festival is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, given in recognition of the cultural contribution over 50 years by the Gregg Smith Singers.

Each of the premiering composers has had an ongoing relationship with one of the performing groups. "Our own singers have produced several of th