Our 2021-2022 season features three programs (December, March and May) that cover a wide range of choral music, from a newly commissioned work for chorus and marimba to Aaron Copland’s choral showpiece In the Beginning to works by American composers who have often been underrepresented in American concert halls.
The Return of Song
We are thrilled to have commissioned a new work by Robert Paterson as part of our ongoing celebration of our Fiftieth Anniversary. Steeped in our relationship with nature, Paterson’s work features the poetry of Wendell Berry and others, with marimba accompaniment. Also on the program: works by Uzee Brown, Vincent Persichetti, Francis Poulenc, Rosephanye Powell, Karen Siegel, and John Work.
Friday, December 10, 2021, at 8PM
Sunday, December 12, 2021, at 4PM
American Voices, Classic and New
Aaron Copland’s stirring “In the Beginning,” for chorus and mezzo-soprano, and Samuel Barber’s lyrical “Reincarnations,” on poetry of James Stephens, anchor the March concert. Also on the program: works by Ronald Perera, Andrew Rindfleisch, Dale Trumbore, and New Amsterdam Singers alumna Tara Mack.
Friday, March 18, 2022, at 8PM
Sunday, March 20, 2022, at 4PM
The Dream Keeper
A co-production with the Harlem Chamber Players, this concert features the New York premiere of Philip Lasser’s cantata on poems of Langston Hughes, “The Dream Keeper.” The chorus will also sing works by noted Black American composers Adolphus Hailstork, Undine Smith Moore, Ulysses Kay, and William Grant Still. The Harlem Chamber Players will perform a string quartet TBD. Note that the performance of this concert on Sunday, May 22, is likely to be at Broadway Presbyterian, but the time and location of this performance remains to be confirmed.