Summer Sings

When was the last time you sang in public? Are you a choral music buff but don’t have time to belong to a chorus? Join others in raising the roof with song. Blow away your vocal cobwebs and experience the great fun and satisfaction of singing as part of a group. The New York Choral Society invites you to experience the fun of singing eight classical masterpieces with acclaimed conductors from the New York area. We lend you the scores for the evening, provide accompaniment and soloists in the comfortable air-conditioned surroundings at Peter Norton Symphony Space Leonard Nimoy Thalia, and YOU are the chorus! Join us in raising the roof with song each Tuesday.

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Individual Sings: $20

All Sings are held at:

Peter Norton Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
7:30-10:00 PM

Come early and meet friends at Bar Thalia, offering signature cocktails and a New American menu in a relaxed and intimate setting!

Phone: 212-864-5400 (Tuesday–Sunday 12 noon to 6 p.m.)
Box Office (Tuesday–Sunday 12 noon to 6 p.m.)
Mail by July 9: NYCS, 119 W. 57th St., Suite 1215, New York, NY 10019
(Make checks payable to New York Choral Society)
Purchase your tickets early so you won’t be disappointed!

Tuesday, July 16
Orff:Carmina Burana
Conductor: Phillip Cheah, Central City Chorus

Rollicking fun will be had during the Carmina Burana as we sing these 23 songs of defrocked—and frequently inebriated—monks. The rhythmic music is catchy and the vocal lines so expressive and dramatic they beg for your attention. A favorite of singers and audiences.

Conductor, vocalist, pianist, and teacher Phillip Cheah is music director of the Central City Chorus and of Guildsingers, a medieval music consort of voices. As a champion of contemporary music, he cofounded C4 Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, an ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of music written in the last quarter century.

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Malcolm Merriweather

Tuesday, July 23
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Choral Movement)
Conductor: Malcolm J. Merriweather, New York Choral Society

Mozart’s Requiem is one of the most popular and beloved works in the choral repertoire. Left unfinished at Mozart’s death, the Requiem contains all the power for which the composer is famous in its vision of the finality of death. In the beauty and richness he contributed to Western culture, exemplified by his Requiem, Mozart has few peers. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 is one of the best-known works of the Western classical repertoire. It is considered by critics to be one of Beethoven’s masterpieces and one of the greatest musical compositions ever written.

Malcolm J. Merriweather holds the Bruno Walter Associate Conductor chair with the New York Choral Society and is conductor of the New York Choral Society Chamber Singers. He also serves as Choral Associate at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Devine. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music.

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Tuesday, July 30
Brahms: Requiem

Conductor: Christopher Shepard, The Dessoff Choirs

Brahms’s Requiem is, by turns, passionate and dramatic, angst-ridden and sweet, and powerful and intimate. In a letter to Brahms, Clara Schumann wrote, “It is a truly tremendous piece of art which moves the entire being in a way little else does.”

Christopher Shepard serves as music director of The Dessoff Choirs in New York and the Worcester Chorus in Worcester, Massachusetts. He founded the Sydneian Bach Choir and Orchestra in Sydney, Australia, and was music director of BACH 2010, a project to perform all of Bach’s choral cantatas.

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David Hayes

Tuesday, August 6
Verdi: Requiem
Conductor: David Hayes, Music Director, New York Choral Society

Frequently called “Verdi’s greatest opera,” the Requiem surges with emotion and passion. From the vision of wrath in the “Dies Irae” to the beatific closing lines, the work is not to be missed. The premiere in 1874 was a triumph.

David Hayes is music director of the New York Choral Society and also of both the critically acclaimed professional vocal ensemble The Philadelphia Singers and of The Philadelphia Singers Chorale. Both have been named resident choruses of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Tuesday, August 13
Vivaldi: Gloria
Conductor: Mark Shapiro, The Cecilia Chorus of New York

Vivaldi’s Gloria is deservedly one of the most popular pieces in the choral literature. Never was the “Red Priest” (as Vivaldi was known) more exuberant than in this exciting work. The Fauré Requiem is far more demure and understated, its beauty coming through its luscious sounds in this classic Mass for the Dead.

The versatile conductor Mark Shapiro is at home with choruses and opera companies. He is music director of The Cecilia Chorus of New York and, since 1991, artistic director of the acclaimed Cantori New York.

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Clara Longstreth

Tuesday, August 20
Mozart:Mass in C minor
Conductor: Clara Longstreth, New Amsterdam Singers

In a letter to his father, Mozart alluded to a vow he had made “in the depth of his heart” to write a work of thanksgiving for the recovery from illness of his (then) fiancée Constanze, also mentioning that the work was already half finished. This unfinished mass is a major milestone of Mozart’s works.

Clara Longstreth is music director and founder of the critically acclaimed New Amsterdam Singers. The New Yorker has called her “one of the most imaginative choral programmers around.” “She has a knack for putting together rewarding programs that mix the old and the new, the familiar and unfamiliar.” (New York Times)

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Audition for the New York Choral Society

Become a part of “one of the city’s cultural gems” (New York Post). We’re looking for experienced choral singers with good sight-reading ability, in all voice parts. Call 212-247-3878 or e-mail to schedule an audition.

Auditions are August 21, 22, 27, 28, 29.