Sunday, October 27, 2018 at 8 PM
Morton Gould/ASCAP Young Composer Award Recipients
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 lecture by Harold Rosenbaum at 7:30 PM: Unraveling the Mysteries in Contemporary Music Part I
Many of today’s most well-known and respected composers won the Morton Gould/ASCAP 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 6 years. Tonight, we present numbers 40-45!
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 birthday 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
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
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Competition Winners/9 Premieres
Pre concert lecture by Harold Rosenbaum at 7:30 PM: Unraveling the Mysteries in Contemporary Music Part II
We recently reached out to every high school choral teacher in NY State ask their students who have already begun composing to submit works. We commissioned five gifted composers to write choral works and will mentor them throughout the composition process. Tonight, we present the results of this endeavor.
In addition, The New York Virtuoso Singers has had an ongoing competition of its own for over 10 years. Here we offer the most recent winners.
We will also perform (what may very well be – we will know in January 2019) 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 by Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace.
Winners of The New York Virtuoso Singers High School Choral Composition Competition:
Yusei Hata, Peter Mainetti, Paige Pearson, Justin Taveras, and Alex Whittington
Winners of the New York Virtuoso Singers Choral Composition Competition:
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
Thea Musgrave: Missa Brevis
Saturday, June 1, 2019 1-6 PM
ChoralFest USAFREE ADMISSION
Each year ChoralFest USA highlights the wealth of musical talent across the country. The New York Virtuoso Singers joins a dozen accomplished choirs from our region and beyond to reinforce a passion for American, and other, choral music. Audience members are free to come and go as they please during this marathon concert, which runs until 6 PM
Broadway at 95th Street