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Mark Shapiro and Cantori New York celebrate fifteen years together
by Marilynne Geiffert for Vocal Area Network
Posted October 25, 2005

Mark ShapiroFifteen years ago, the chamber chorus Cantori New York appointed Mark Shapiro as its Artistic Director. "Something about Shapiro just connected with the group," remembers Steven Statsinger, a Cantori bass and founding member of the organization. "There was an electricity that sparked between us when he conducted his concert with us."

Fifteen years later, that electricity is still crackling. The new season's tag-line is "daring to be different," and the programming sizzles with the maverick sensibility that led the New York Times to note: "Adventurous programming, appealing music: the fine chamber choir Cantori New York has a reputation for one and a penchant for the other."

The season's opener salutes Shapiro's fifteenth anniversary with a free concert at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, on Saturday, November 5 at 8 PM. Characteristically, the concert features US premieres of French and German works, and one world premiere. Remarkably, the European works, by Roger Calmel and Berthold Goldschmidt are not new, but were composed in 1970 and 1931, respectively. S