New York Virtuoso Singers

The New York Virtuoso Singers

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

2018-2019 Season

Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 8 PM


5 Commissions/5 World Premieres
PLUS Six 80th Birthday Celebrations: Bolcom, Corigliano, Harbison, Hoover, Tower, and Wuorinen
with The Canticum Novum Youth Choir
Edie Rosenbaum, Director

Pre-concert talk with composers at 7:30

Many of today’s best-known composers have won the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award. The New York Virtuoso Singers, with the generous support of the ASCAP Foundation, has commissioned 50 winners of this award over the last six years. Tonight, we present numbers 41-45! Works by Natalie Dietterich, Simon Frisch, Wang Lu, Nina Shekhar, and Chen Yihan.

"The sound of the particular group of singers for this concert is the best I have ever been privileged to stand in front of. And I don't say that lightly, after conducting over 100 concerts with NYVS over 30 years. The music is absolutely spellbinding, in turn hauntingly beautiful, powerful, hilarious, spiritual, and profound. Hear why The New York Times has labeled us 'The city's outstanding concert choir.'"

-Harold Rosenbaum, conductor

To celebrate The New York Virtuoso Singers’ 25th anniversary 6 years ago, we commissioned 25 composers to write short pieces for us. Five of them, plus another by Katherine Hoover, will be performed tonight to celebrate all six of the composers’ 80th birthdays this year.

Natalie Dietterich: Asylum
Chen Yihan: Who knows how many flowers fell?
Wang Lu: First Words
Simon Frisch: The Geryon Matter: Part One - Premonitions
Nina Shekhar: blush

Happy 80th!
William Bolcom: Why is Cupid a Boy?
John Harbison: O Magnum Mysterium
Katherine Hoover: Peace is the Way
Charles Wuorinen: A Solis Ortu
John Corigliano: Upon Julia’s Clothes
Joan Tower: Descending

Advent Lutheran Church, NYC
Broadway at 93rd Street
$25 General; $20 Student / Senior

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Competition Winners/9 Premieres

Pre-concert talk with composers at 7:30

After contacting every high school choral teacher in New York State, we commissioned five gifted student composers to write choral works for us: Yusei Hata, Peter Mainetti, Paige Pearson, Justin Taveras, and Alex Whittington. In addition, The New York Virtuoso Singers has had an ongoing competition of its own for more than ten years. Here we offer the most recent winners:
Guy Barash: Stimmen (World Premiere)
Elizabeth Skola Davis: In Memory (World Premiere)
Russell Horton: Evening Waterfall (World Premiere)
Louis Karchin: Hymns from the Dark (American Premiere)
Thomas Stumpf: season of sorrow

We will also perform the American Premiere of Thea Musgrave’s Missa Brevis. Ninety-year old Thea was recently awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music 2017 by the Queen, which was presented to her in Buckingham Palace.

Advent Lutheran Church
Broadway at 93rd Street, NYC
$25 General; $20 Student / Senior
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