NYCHORAL Holiday Sing: Messiah, Carols…and Nog’

Holy Trinity Church Draesel Hall (316 East 88 Street-between 1st and 2nd Avenues)

December 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM

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NYCHORAL Holiday Sing, December 6 2017

Ho Ho Ho, ‘tis the season to sparkle!

NYCHORAL knows that the best way to spread holiday cheer is by singing loud for all to hear! So why not make it a December to remember by joining us for holiday mirth and merriment.

On Wednesday, December 6th, NYCHORAL hosts: ‘A Holiday Sing: Messiah, Carols…and Nog’. Whether you like to sing along or just listen, this will be a fun, festive evening to share with friends, old and new.  Join us as Associate Conductor Michael Ciavaglia leads us in singing Handel’s Messiah (Part 1), the Hallelujah Chorus, and well-known carols.  Refreshments and holiday cheer will be served.

Featured Soloists:

Erica Intilangelo - soprano
Haejung Shin - mezzo
Michael Kuhn - tenor
John Tibbetts - bass

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 6th, 7pm start (doors open at 6:30pm)
Location:  Holy Trinity Church Draesel Hall (316 East 88 Street-between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
Ticket/Donation Pricing:  $25 or ticket fee is waived with a tax-deductible donation of $50 to NYCHORAL. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance via Brown Paper Tickets at

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Don’t miss this wonderful chance to have a cool yule and a swell noel…..or just to welcome a New Year filled with peace, love, and harmony.


Roads Less Traveled

St. Francis Xavier Church: 46 West 16th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue)

November 18, 2017 at 8:00 PM

A concert featuring the works of Randall Thompson and Franz Schubert

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Tickets will also be on sale at the door.

NY Choral guest soprano Gabrella Reyes de Ramirez
Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez

NYChoral guest pianist Zalman Kelber.
Zalman Kelber

Music Director David Hayes brings together NYCHORAL, soprano Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez and pianist Zalman Kelber for an evening of choral music that pairs Thompson’s Frostiana with Schubert’s Mirjams Siegesgesang, Der 23. Psalm, and Widerspruch. Our program takes its inspiration from the text of Frostiana and some of Schubert’s rarely performed, but extraordinary, works. This dynamic marriage of poetry and music performed in an intimate setting, similar to how these pieces would have originally been heard, will delight choral music enthusiasts and poetry lovers alike.

In Franz Grillparzer's poem Mirjams Siegesgesang, Miriam, sister of Moses and Aaron, sings a triumphal song that describes the parting of the Red Sea and the swallowing up of Pharaoh's army. Schubert tells the story through virtuosic writing for soprano soloist, mixed chorus and piano accompaniment. For Der 23. Psalm, Schubert turned to Moses Mendelssohn, grandfather of composer Felix Mendelssohn, for the translation from Hebrew to German of the text of the 23rd Psalm (The Lord is my Shepherd). For women’s chorus, this delicate piece is an ethereal gem, like the music of angels. Widerspruch(Contradiction), for men’s chorus, sets the poetry of J. G. Seidl. Schubert employs the popular romantic device of using descriptions of nature to reflect human emotions. Franz Liszt said Schubert was “the most poetic musician who ever lived.”

Randall Thompson is possibly the most frequently performed choral composer of the twentieth century. For Frostiana, Thompson selected poems by the great American poet Robert Frost. The pairing of Frost and Thompson is magical. There is a deceptive simplicity in Frost’s poetry and Thompson composed seven exquisitely crafted movements that perfectly reflect the meaning and cadence of the poetry. Frost preferred not to have his poetry set to music, but at the conclusion of the premiere performance he is reported to have leapt to his feet, applauding and shouting “Sing it again!”. Read Frost’s poems here Frostiana (PDF).

See our concert announcement here: Roads Less Traveled (PDF 1.6MB)


Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez and Zalman Kelber appear by kind permission of The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program