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Sunday, April 10, 2011

To say that new New York City has a vibrant choral music scene would be an understatement. From the many churches and synagogues, to Lincoln Center, and new festivals such as Sing New York, New York is a great choral town. This week on The Choral Mix, Kent Tritle previews music and ensembles from the upcoming festival. In taking a look at choral music in our backyard, this week's show features the versatile group, Musica Sacra.

One of New York's leading choral ensembles, Musica Sacra was founded almost 50 years ago and continues to provide the city with choral performances of the highest level. As all successful New York ensembles know, variety is key in keeping with NYC audiences, and Musica Sacra definitely has variety. The ensembles repertoire ranges from Bach to Meredith Monk and everything in between. Musica Sacra has provided a platform for many emerging composers to showcase their talent, and in doing so, the group has contributed to expanding the choral literature. Since its inception, the ensemble has commissioned and premiered new works by diverse composers such as Dave Brubeck, Vincent Persichetti, Libby Larsen and Meredith Monk to name only a few.

On this week's show, we hear Musica Sacra performing Meredith Monk's Dawn. Other featured ensembles include Amuse, Melodia, the New York Virtuoso Singers and the Voices of Ascension Chorus and Orchestra.    

Also on this weeks show, Kent Tritle speaks with New York Choral Society director Jack Goodwin about the Sing New York Festival.  

What are some of your most memorable NYC choral performances?

Playlist:

Handel/Amor Artis, Johannes Somary, London/ Jeptha
       Theme Sublime
       Ye House of Gilead

Bach/The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, London/ J.S. Bach St. John Passion/
        Herr, unser Herrscher

Libby Larson/Amuse, Kristina Boerger, New York/Live Recording
       Jack's Valentine

Elliot Levine/Amuse, Steven Fox, New York/Live Recording
       Cum Essem Parvulus

Fanny Mendelssohn/Melodia, Cynthia Powell, NYC/Songs from the Heart
       Aus mein Tränen spriessen viel blühende Blumen hervor 1:47
       In wunderschönen Monat Mai

Ralph Vaughan Williams/London Symphony Orchestra Bryden Thomson, London/ Sea Symphony
Yvonne Kenny, soprano - Brian Rayner Cook, baritone and Roderick Elms, organ

Sea Symphony: No.2 On the Beach at Night
Meredith Monk/Musica Sacra, Richard Westernburg, NYC/Monk and the Abbess
         Dawn

Luigi Dallapiccola/The New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, NYC/To Orpheus

First series of choruses by Michelangelo Buonarrotti the Younger/5:07

Maurice Duruflé/Voices of Ascension Chorus and Orchestra, Dennis Keene, NYC/The Duruflé Album

Comments [3]

Lou from New York

Wonderful show! I loved hearing Melodia women's choir, so clear and rich. Inspiring!

Apr. 13 2011 10:47 AM
Liege Motta from Manhattan

Thank you for including Amuse!

Apr. 11 2011 12:59 AM
elliot levine from NYC

Lovely program and variety. Thanks for including my "Cum Essem Parvulus." Amuse did a lovely job on it.
Elliot Z. Levine

Apr. 10 2011 08:29 AM

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