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The New York City Master Chorale presents American spirituals
by Thea Kano for Vocal Area Network
Posted March 15, 2008

Thea KanoThe New York City Master Chorale (NYCMC), under the direction of Artistic Director Thea Kano, continues its second season on Saturday, March 29 at 8 PM and Sunday, March 30 at 3 PM at Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Columbus Avenue at 60th Street. Repertoire includes Nicolas Flagellos's The Passion of Martin Luther King and arrangements of traditional spirituals. Soprano Rhea Walker and baritone Elex Lee Vann will join the New York City Master Chorale with pianist Tanya Gabrielian.

Nicolas Flagello's The Passion of Martin Luther King is an emotional oratorio juxtaposing the words of Dr. King with sacred text from the Catholic Church. Born in New York City in 1928, Nicolas Flagello studied at the Manhattan School of Music, joining the faculty immediately upon graduation and remaining there until 1977. As a composer, Flagello held with unswerving conviction to a view of music as a personal medium for emotional and spiritual expression.

The New York City Master Chorale is proud to be presenting a variety of arrangements of spiritual