On Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 8:00pm, The Dessoff Choirs, under the direction of Music Director Christopher Shepard, will perform 20th-century compositions featuring the dramatic combination of voice, pianos, and percussion. The acoustically glorious St. George’s Church at 209 East 16th Street at Rutherford Place in Manhattan will provide the perfect setting for the concert.
Although the piano is sometimes seen as an adjunct to the choral rehearsal, much wonderful music has been composed especially for piano and choir. This concert features 20th-century pieces written for one or two pianists, percussion, and choir, including Bernstein’s high-voltage Chichester Psalms, David Conte’s life-affirming Invocation and Dance, a set of quintessential American works by Charles Ives, Samuel Barber, and Gwyneth Walker. From England comes Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year, commissioned in 2000 by the London Symphony Chorus. The combination of lyrical voices, virtuoso pianists, and brilliant percussion is irresistible.
Program:
BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms
GÓRECKI Totus Tuus
CONTE Invocation and Dance
IVES Circus Band (arr. Dashnaw)
BARBER Sure on this Shining Night, Under the Willow Tree
WALKER White Horses, My Love Walks in Velvet
JAMESON Night Journey
DOVE The Passing of the Year
BRAHMS Liebeslieder Waltzes (selections)

Tickets: $35 Preferred Seating; $20 Advance General Admission ($25 at door); $15 Senior/Student; Free 12 and under. For more information and tickets, go to www.dessoff.org or call (212) 831-8224.

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