New York's Choral Cavalcade

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Today on the Choral Mix, we preview Sing New York, a two-month festival comprising more than 50 choral groups, from the amateur to the professional, in venues throughout the city. It gets under way today, and we offer a sampling of what's to come.

We hear a recording of the magnificent Kyrie from Haydn’s Theresa Mass, performed by the choir of Trinity Wall Street led by Owen Burdick. But, you can hear that entire work and more at the Church of the Ascension, Fifth Avenue at 10th Street later on this week during Sing New York. Dennis Keane’s Voices of Ascension will perform.

In late April, the Melodia Women’s Choir of New York will perform British composer Jonathon Dove's It Sounded as if the Streets were Running. The work is a three movement a capella setting of the poem by Emily Dickinson scored for upper voices. It’s a rich, exciting composition. Here, we present a version by the Convivium Singers.

Another concert on the festival is at Church of the Incarnation in Manhattan. It will feature a poetic choral work, Trois Chansons, composed by Maurice Ravel, which isn’t particularly well known. We hear a version sung by the Robert Shaw Festival Singers led by Robert Shaw.

It's Springtime in New York City, and it's time to sing!



Haydn/ The Complete Haydn Masses/ Trinity Choir, Rebel Baroque Orchestra, Jane Glover



Jonathan Dove/ The Passing of the Year/ Convivium Singers, Neil Ferris

It Sounded as if the Streets were Running


Brumel: Missa Et ecce terrae motus (The Earthquake Mass)/ Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips



Ravel/ Appear and Inspire/ Robert Shaw Festival Singers, Robert Shaw

Ravel:Trois Chansons


Trois beaux oiseaux du paradis



Ives/ Reincarnations/ The Dale Warland Singers, Dale Warland

Psalm 90


Verdi/ Verdi Requiem/ Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic, Solti/ Sutherland, Horne, Pavarotti, Talvela

Requiem Aeternam & Kyrie


Sing New York Festival

The organization's Web site describes Sing New York as such: "The Sing New York! festival will run every year from April 15 through June 15. The festival will encompass the scheduled performances of more than 50 New York City choral groups, presenting concerts of familiar as well as rarely-heard works by Medieval and Renaissance masters; well-known and beloved works by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms; brand-new as well as familiar works by contemporary composers; and almost everything in between. You will have a chance to hear everything from familiar favorites to rarely hear classics and world premieres."