New York Virtuoso Singers

The New York Virtuoso Singers

"The city’s outstanding concert choir..." — The New York Times

2019 - 2020 Season

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Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 8 PM

Morton Gould/ASCAP Foundation
Young Composer Award Recipients Concert

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Special Honoree: Samuel Adler, composer and teacher
Guest Artist: Nic Gerpe, piano

The NYVS presents the final five works by the 50 composers we commissioned with the support of the ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund. The group will perform the music of Juhi Bansal, Will Healy, Vera Ivanova, Patrick O’Malley, J.P. Redmond, and Samuel Adler, the evening’s honoree and teacher of 20 of the 50 composers. The program will include the American premiere of a work by Mr. Adler to honor the German Jews who died during Kristallnacht on this date 81 years ago. Mr. Adler witnessed these events as a ten-year old child.

On November 9th and 10th, 1938, in the incident known as Kristallnacht, Nazis torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools, and businesses, and killed many hundreds of Jews. Kristallnacht flagged a turning point in the history of the Third Reich, a marked intensification of anti-Semitic rhetoric and legislation that legalized public violence and aggressive measures. Thus began the genocide of the Holocaust.

This concert is made possible, in part, by the ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.

St. Michael's Church
Amsterdam Ave. between 99th and 100th St.
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Students up to age 25: $10

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Friday, January 24, 2020 at 8 PM

The Maestro Turns 70

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Experience a monumental collection of expressionist choral music in a single concert.

"Oh my, I’m turning 70! Recalling the description of expressionism by musicologist Donald J. Grout, I feel isolated and helpless in the grip of forces I do not understand, and I am prey to inner conflict, tension, anxiety, fear, and all the elemental irrational drives of the subconscious, and in irritated rebellion against established order and accepted forms. I may as well embrace this fateful day by conducting some of the most extraordinary, passionate, and emotive expressionist choral pieces in the repertory. I guarantee you will never forget this concert. At the very least, it will be extremely cathartic(for me as well, if i survive it!!)"
-- Harold Rosenbaum, conductor

Mahler: Abendrot (Adagietto from Symphony No. 5, arr. Clytus Gottwald)
Webern: Entflieht auf leichten Kähnen
Berg: Die Nachtigall (arr. Clytus Gottwald)
Schoenberg: Friede auf Erden
Dallapiccola: Tempus destruendi - Tempus aedificandi
Poulenc: Figure humaine
Lang: By Fire

Harold's 70th Birthday Concert Honorary Committee

  • Gene Caprioglio
  • Deirdre Chatwick
  • John Corigliano
  • Nora Guthrie
  • Jennifer Higdon
  • Aaron Jay Kernis
  • Morten Lauridsen
  • Matthew Lazar
  • Tania Leon
  • Fred Lerdahl
  • Clara Longstreth
  • Peter Mark
  • Paul Moravec
  • Thea Musgrave
  • Shulamit Ran
  • Fran Richard
  • George Rothman
  • Gerard Schwarz
  • Cheryl Seltzer
  • Jose Serebrier
  • Mark Shapiro
  • Lucy Shelton
  • Roberto Sierra
  • Robert Spano
  • Leonard Slatkin
  • Augusta Read Thomas
  • Kent Tritle
  • George Tsontakis
  • Melinda Wagner
  • Charles Wuorinen
  • Ellen Taaffe Zwilicha

St. Michael's Church
Amsterdam Ave. between 99th and 100th St.
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Seniors: $20
Students up to age 25: $10

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Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 7:30 PM

A Pilgrimes Solace by John Dowland

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A co-production by members of The New York Virtuoso Singers and Parthenia Viol Consort

Guest Artist: Charles Weaver, lute

This collection of 21 songs, published in 1612, is Dowland’s final publication, and demonstrates the composer at the height of his powers. These works display an unparalleled intensity of expression that would come to characterize the early Baroque era, the likes of which England would not see until the music of Henry Purcell about 75 years later.

Known for music of melancholy, lament, and longing, A Pilgrimes Solace reflects these deep emotional stirrings with titles including “Disdain me still,” “Sweet stay awhile,” “Tell me, true Love,” “In this trembling shadow cast,” “Welcome black Night,” and “Shall I strive with words to move?” Dowland’s music resonates with the yearning heart today as much as it has over the past four centuries.

St. Michael's Church
Amsterdam Ave. between 99th and 100th St.
Adults: $30; $25 when purchased online at
Seniors: $20
Students up to age 25: $10

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