The Cecilia Chorus of New York, Mark Shapiro, Music Director, will present the World Premiere of a major new work by award-winning New York composer Tom Cipullo, in a program which also includes works by Brahms, Bruckner and Ralph Vaughan Williams, on Friday, April 25 at 8:00 PM in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, 57th Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan.

Tom Cipullo

Tom Cipullo’s Credo for a Secular City, commissioned by the Cecilia Chorus of New York, is for full chorus, orchestra and baritone solo. It explores the intersections and tensions between belief and doubt in the modern world, drawing upon texts from great writers and thinkers, including Shakespeare, Descartes, Milton, poets, essayists and preachers, as well as parts of the Latin liturgy.  Mr. Cipullo, the winner of a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2013 Sylvia Goldstein Award from Copland House, and the 2013 Arts & Letters Award from the American Academy, is a master at combining music and text, and has received enthusiastic reviews for his abilities with vocal writing. ( Rising young American baritone Michael Anthony McGee, the 2010 recipient of the George London award, will be the featured soloist.

Also on the program will be three major choral orchestral works on the theme of musical- spiritual exploration of transcendence: Brahms’s Nänie, on poetry by Schiller; the Te Deum of Anton Bruckner, and Toward the Unknown Region, the breakthrough work by Ralph Vaughan Williams on poetry by Walt Whitman.  Joining Mr. McGee as soloists for the concert will be French mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez and American tenor Noah Baetge.

Tickets for the April 25 concert range from $25 to $80, and can be purchased online at, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or visiting the box office at 57th St. and 7th Ave.

For more information about this concert, visit or call 646-638-2535.


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