NYChoral Chamber Chorus
The NYChoral Chamber Chorus is a smaller ensemble (35-50 voices) composed of singers from the larger chorus, and is conducted by Music Director David Hayes and Associate Conductor Michael Ciavaglia. This ensemble contributes to the mission of NYChoral (New York Choral Society) by increasing its presence as a performing arts organization throughout the city while promoting the art of choral music for smaller ensembles. The group performs in different venues and offers the expanded musical opportunities afforded by the chamber chorus repertory to its members and audiences. All NYChoral members are welcome to audition for the NYChoral Chamber Chorus (separate audition date is announced during the season; only current NYChoral members may audition for the NYChoral Chamber Chorus).
The NYChoral Chamber Chorus will perform on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3:00pm (location TBA). The repertoire will feature Russian Orthodox liturgical music by Chesnokov, Ippolitov-Ivanov and Rachmaninoff. David Hayes and Michael Ciavaglia will conduct.
In March 2016 the NYChoral Chamber Chorus performed at The New School's new Ernst Stiefel Concert Hall in a concert featuring Jonathan Dove's song cycle, The Passing of the Year; Josquin's Ave Maria...Virgo Serena, Ešenvalds' Northern Lights and two of Debussy's Trois Chansons. David Hayes and Michael Ciavaglia conducted; the pianist was Eun Kyung Lee. In December 2015 the group participated in the staging of a radical reinterpretation of Mozart's The Magic Flute at 80WSE Gallery, in partnership with NYU Steinhardt and the Berlin-based CHEAP Kollektiv. The production process and multiple night performance was used as raw material by filmmaker Michel Auder and Michael Stickrod, who presented “The Magic Flute Part Two: A Film in Pieces” at 80WSE Gallery’s Summer Exhibition (June 7 - August 12, 2016).
Past seasons of the Chamber Chorus have included holiday concerts at the Harvard Club, the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity and the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. One holiday program featured the music of Benjamin Britten to honor the centenary of his birth, including A Ceremony of Carols with harpist Caroline Cole. In 2012 the group made their Lincoln Center debut with the Chelsea Symphony in a performance of Mario Jazzetti’s concerto/symphonic poem, The Profile, the Life, and the Faith Across the Notes.
Photo credit: Karen W. Solorow