New York's Choral Cavalcade: Part Deux

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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. We offer a sampling of what's to come during the month of May.

During the Sing New York Festival (of which Kent Tritle is a participant) you'll be able to hear a diverse mix of works.

We start the show with a recording of the English Renaissance composer John Sheppard and his Libera Nos, then juxtapose it with the Sanctus and Benedictus from Francis Grier's mesmerizing Missa Trinitas in Sancte. We hear the Westminster Cathedral Choir sing that glorious work.

Later in the month, Clara Longstreth will lead the New Amsterdam Singers in Einojuhani Rautavaara's Die erste Elegie. Rautavaara composed this work in 1993, and showcases his ability in creating traditional choral masterpieces. We hear a version sung by the choral ensemble Accentus.

Other samplings you'll hear from the festival are Gabrieli's In Ecclesiis and Anton Bruckner's majestic motet Ecce Sacerdos.

Please join us in celebrating choral music making around New York City this month!


Sheppard/ Sounds Sublime/The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

Libera Nos


Grier/Live Recording/ St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, John Scott

Sanctus, Benedictus


New Amsterdam Singers, Clara Longstreth

Einojuhani Rautavaara/ North/ Accentus, Eric Ericson

Die erste Elegie


Amor Artis Chorus, Stephen Somary

The Dalton Chorale, David Shuler

Queens College Choral Society, James John


Rossini / Petite Messe Solennelle/ Quink Vocal Ensemble



How Lovely are thy Dwelling place


Canterbury Choral Society/ Charles Dodsley Walker,

Gabrieli/Gabrieli Consort, Gabrieli Players, Paul McCreesh

In Ecclesiis


Bruckner/ Bruckner Te Deum, Motets & Psalm 150/ Bavarian Radio Choir, Eugen Jochum

Ecce Sacerdos


The Collegiate Chorale/James Bagwell, Music Director

Penderecki/ Miserere/Netherlands Chamber Choir, Tonu Kaljuste

Song of the Cherubim