The New York Choral Society, New York’s pioneering symphonic choir exploring unique collaboration and dynamic repertoire, has announced its 2022-2023 season, punctuated with events of historic significance, and featuring premieres in New York and hybrid programming. From the stage of the new David Gefen Hall of the acclaimed Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, to programs that include elements of visual art, dance, film and more, the season features choral works explored through a progressive lens and voice of activism, of conscience, beauty and heritage.
Entering the 2022-2023 season, the choir continues its nearly three-decade association with the Richard Tucker Foundation with an appearance at their gala on November 13, held on the stage of the new David Gefen Hall. The following week, a historic staging of Duke EllingtonThe Sacred Concerts of settle in the Tishman Auditorium in partnership with the New School College of Performing Arts; a work that has not been staged in a concert hall in New York for 35 years due to the scale of the production. Combining elements of jazz, classical, choral, spiritual, gospel, blues and dance music, Ellington believed Sacred Concerts to be the most important work he had written. Leaving audiences in awe of the mysteries of its harmonic language, Sacred Concerts delivers a positive message, filled with feelings of love, hope and freedom. For this historic staging, the choir commissioned the artist James Small to create a dynamic visual response to this music. In the spirit of accessibility, admission to the Sacred Concerts is free to the public and will be given on November 18 and 19.
This season, the choir also joins the Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra for two performances: an evening of festive music on December 16, in addition to a performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass, one of his most popular works and more endearing later next spring. Performed for a single night on April 1, 2023, the music dates from 1791, including the beautifully tender Agnus Dei. Both performances will take place at the historic and notable St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn Heights.
Following the accolades of the organization’s innovative Our Voices digital season that kicked off in 2020, the choir will pursue new ways to explore both visually and musically choral works and the collaboration with Angel of Light, the premiere of which will have take place in February 2023. This new digital acapella piece will feature passages from Kevin Siegfried’s new cantata based on texts and arias by Shaker.
On March 30, the New York Choral Society returns to the Metropolitan Club for the first time since 2019 with its acclaimed Spring Gala. Each year, singers, musicians, conductors and music lovers come together for this special evening of music and friendship to recommit to the important mission of the organization and to update its work for the seasons to come.
May 28 brings the New York Choral Society to Carnegie Hall join the New York Youth Symphony in a performance of Leonard Bernstein‘s Chichester Psalms, one of the composer’s most popular and enduring works.
The season will end on June 13 at David Gefen Hall with the powerful New York premiere of Adolphus Hailstork’s new cantata, A Knee on the Neck, a hard-hitting account of an unspeakable act of violence that irrevocably changed the world. Performed a few days before the second anniversary of the death of George Floyd, the work incorporates text by Herbert Martin in a call for peace and justice. The concert will combine this new work with Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughn Williams in a program that seeks to place Hailstork’s work firmly in the canon of major choral/orchestral works.
“This season is both incredibly ambitious and historic,” notes NY Choral Society music director David Hayes. “We don’t take lightly the use of music as a mobile medium to shine a light on underrepresented works and creators while addressing such important social conversations,” he continues. “Let’s sing, listen, learn and grow.”
SCHEDULE AND SEASON DETAILS
November 13, 2022: Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala
November 18-19, 2022: Ellington Sacred Concerts
*The performance on November 19 will be broadcast live
December 16, 2022: Christmas show with the Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra
February 2023: Angel of Light Digital Production
March 30, 2023: New York Choral Society Spring Gala
April 1, 2023: Mozart Coronation Mass with the Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra
May 28, 2023: Chichester Psalms
June 13, 2023: A knee on the neck
ABOUT THE NEW YORK CHORAL SOCIETY
Founded in 1959, the NY Choral Society is hailed as one of the mainstays of the city’s music scene, known for its adventurous repertoire. Committed to presenting a diverse repertoire that spans well-known choral masterpieces, great compositions rarely heard in concert halls and culturally significant new choral works, innovative collaborations and exceptional artistry highlight highlight the essential joy and power of live choral music for New York patrons. season. Composed of more than 150 voices, aged 19 to 90, the choir is led by the musical director David Hayes and has performed at prestigious venues in the New York metropolitan area, such as Carnegie Hall, and has partnered with major arts institutions such as the American Ballet Theatre, Lincoln Center, New York City Ballet and Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and many more. From their first concert at David Gefen Hall, formerly known as Philharmonic Hall with just over a dozen singers in 1965, the New York Choral Society continues to expand its artistic mission, educational commitment and legacy, bringing choral music into the 21st century and beyond.