The New York Choral Society invites you to experience the fun of singing seven classical masterpieces with acclaimed conductors from the New York area. We lend you the scores for the evening, provide accompaniment and soloists in an air-conditioned venue, and YOU are the chorus. Join us in raising the roof with song each Wednesday.
Wednesday, July 23
Messiah needs no introduction to choral aficionados. Its choruses range from the sublime to the mighty, capped off by everyone’s favorite, Hallelujah. It is Handel’s most famous creation and is among the most popular works in western choral literature.
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.
Wednesday, July 30
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.
Judith Clurman, music director of Essential Voices USA (EVUSA), one of New York’s preeminent choral ensembles, is an Emmy and Grammy-nominated conductor, vocal educator, and choral specialist. She also conducted The New York Concert Singers for fifteen years and was founding conductor of Prism Concerts, and the 92nd Street Y’s Music of the Spirit.
Wednesday, August 6
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.
John Daly Goodwin was music director of the New York Choral Society for twenty-five years and has been appointed music director emeritus of the chorus. He was named music director of Coro Filarmónico Universitario in Mexico City in 2011 and also teaches master classes at the Escuela Nacionál de Música.
Wednesday, August 13
Brahms’s Requiem is, by turns, passionate and dramatic, angst-ridden and sweet, 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.”
The versatile conductor Mark Shapiro is at home with choruses, opera companies and orchestras and has won the prestigious ASCAP Programming Award four times. He has been artistic director of the acclaimed Cantori New York for over two decades and has been music director of The Cecilia Chorus of New York since 2011.
Wednesday, August 20 (plus a Meet and Greet with Maestro Hayes)
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.
David Hayes is music director of the New York Choral Society, the Mannes Orchestra as well as the critically acclaimed professional vocal ensemble The Philadelphia Singers, which was the Resident Chorus of The Philadelphia Orchestra from 2001-2011. He served on the conducting staff of The Philadelphia Orchestra from 2000-2011. Equally at home both orchestrally and vocally, he is in demand as guest conductor with orchestras and opera companies across North America.
Spend time with NYCS Music Director David Hayes and Associate Conductor Michael Ciavaglia before the August 20 Summer Sing
Get to know NYCS Music Director David Hayes, and meet newly appointed Associate Conductor Michael Ciavaglia, at Bar Thalia before the Summer Sing!
Wednesday, August 27
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 and composer Julian Wachner is music director of the Washington Chorus. Since 2010 he has also been Director of Music and the Arts for Trinity Wall Street where he leads the acclaimed Trinity Choir which received a Grammy nomination for its recent recording of Handel's Israel in Egypt. He is regularly in demand as a guest conductor both in New York and with orchestras and opera companies in the U.S. and Canada.
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Come early and meet friends at the Bar Thalia!
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Phone: 212-864-5400 (Tuesday–Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
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Summer Sings are for you if:
- You miss singing in a chorus over the summer
- You want to improve your sight-reading skills
- You don’t have time to join a chorus
- You miss singing your favorite choral works
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition.