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Name: New York Choral Society
Skills: Choir
Phone: +1 (212) 247 3878
Address: Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Ave., Suite 1201, New York, NY 10019, United States
Links: Website     E-mail
The New York Choral Society, founded in 1958, has earned a reputation as New York’s leading avocational chorus. It has become known by audiences and critics for the quality of its performances and the diversity of its repertoire, which encompasses popular choral masterworks as well as many compositions rarely heard in concert halls. Over the years the Society has presented ten world premiers including works commissioned by Morton Gould, Paul Alan Levi, Joelle Wallach and Robert DeCormier, noted composer, arranger and Music Director Emeritus of the New York Choral Society, which he conducted for seventeen years.

The Society is frequently in demand as guest artists, most recently appearing in its ninth appearance at the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala in Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center televised nationally on Public Broadcasting System TV stations. Other recent guest performances include appearing with Andrea Bocelli at Liberty State Park, which was broadcast live on the Public Broadcasting System, in the History Channel's 'Time Machine' at South Street Seaport, and its third appearance on the NBC Today TV show. In November 1999 the Society appeared along with pop music diva Celine Dion in her farewell concert broadcast from Radio City Music Hall. Additional guest appearances have included performances with the American Composers Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Juilliard Symphony (with world renowned Jahja Ling conducting), Lincoln Center Festival (with Yehudi Menuhin conducting), New Jersey Symphony, New York City Ballet (with Leonard Bernstein conducting), New York Philharmonic, Opera Orchestra of New York, and at the 1998 Grammy Awards, singing with Aretha Franklin who substituted for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti. The New York Choral Society has been privileged to perform with some of the most noted symphonic and choral conductors including: Sergiu Comissiona, Dennis Russell Davies, Lukas Foss, Jaja Ling, Eduardo Mata, Zubin Mehta, Yehudi Menuhin, Steven Mercurio, John Nelson, Daniel Oren, Robert Page, Eve Queler, Julius Rudel, Robert Shaw, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, Roger Wagner and Hugh Wolff. The Society is proud of its collaboration with Peter, Paul & Mary; A Holiday Celebration with Peter, Paul & Mary has been broadcast annually on PBS since 1988. This popular holiday show has been performed live in Carnegie Hall for the last fifteen years.

The Society frequently tours; members visited the Czech Republic and Greece in 1998 and in August 1995 participated in the Zimriya Festival in Jerusalem. Other tours have taken the chorus to Austria, Yugoslavia and Norway. In July 2001 the Choral Society made a very successful tour to China where they performed the Verdi Requiem and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Shanghai Grand Theater and a concert of all American music at the New Century Theater in Beijing.

Recordings by the New York Choral Society include Christmas is Coming, Randall Thompson's Frostiana and Testament of Freedom, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, Mark Twain Suite by PaulAlan Levi, Christmastide, by Donald Fraser,with Metropolitan Opera Opera diva Jessye Norman, A Holiday Celebration with Peter, Paul & Mary, arranged by Robert DeCormier, Floodland with the Sisters of Mercy, Songs of Liberty, arranged by Robert DeCormier for the Book-of the-Month-Club, Legacy and Four Sonnets to Orpheus by Robert Decormier, and Kodaly’s Missa Brevis and Vaughan William’s Mass in G Minor.



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