Volunteer and professional choral groups make their mark in free NYC events

Posted on: June 2, 2016

The New York Choral Consortium—a collective of 65 professional, amateur, and pro-am member choruses from throughout the five boroughs of New York City—will present “The BIG SING” on June 13 at 7:30 pm at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan. The free event will feature ten conductors and approximately 300 singers in a program marking the birth centennial of conductor and choral pedagogue Robert Shaw, with selections drawn from the “Centennial Choralfest” booklet that Robert Shaw prepared for the Carnegie Hall centennial in 1991. Also present at the event will be choral composer, conductor, and teacher Alice Parker, a frequent Shaw collaborator who turned 90 on December 16. On August 13, a second massed-chorus event will feature the world premiere of David Lang’s the public domain at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and feature a chorus of up to 1,000 volunteer amateur and professional singers, recruited from all five boroughs of the city and the metro area. the public domain is a joint project of David Lang and British choral director Simon Halsey, who will lead the outdoor performance at Lincoln Center. For more information or to participate in either event, visit http://www.newyorkchoralconsortium.com/#!the-big-sing/utiz5 and http://mostlymozart.org/thepublicdomain/.

Posted June 2, 2016

Pictured: Soprano Sonya Yoncheva. Photo by Ruven Afanador