Finalmente mia: A dying art is renewed with a unique vision on the Upper East Side
Posted 10/8/2014

Anton CoppolaIn the midst of current events that revolve around societal changes, a loss of interest in classical music, and dissonance in the classical music industry, one organization has managed to ring above the drama like a soprano mid-chorus. The Manhattan Opera Repertory Ensemble (MORE Opera), led by soprano Cheryl Warfield, will premiere its production of Puccini’s Tosca featuring an all-black principal cast at Dicapo Opera Theatre this fall.

Turbulent economic times and a lack of ticket purchasers in the arts community may have caused turmoil and controversy, but hasn’t prevented MORE Opera from coordinating a two-night special event with one of the classical world’s most renowned conductors: Anton Coppola. The non-traditional principal casting of Tosca is the eminent conductor’s vision, who at age 97 is coming out of retirement to conduct the performances. More...

A very modern Hildegard
Posted 9/22/2014

Hildegard von BingenIn the year 1106 a small and sickly 8-year-old girl was deposited with the monks at Disibodenberg monastery. Her name was Hildegard, and she had been gifted at birth to the Church for life by pious parents intending, no doubt, to make certain their tenth surviving child would have food and a roof for life. They would also have had reason to believe that such a gift to the Church would ensure their own chances of a place in Heaven come Judgment Day! They could not have been imagined, in 1106, that this diminutive female would become anything more than an anonymous resident of the cloister. But by her death in 1179, at age 81, Hildegard von Bingen had become one of the most renowned and respected figures in the medieval world. She achieved in her own lifetime a world fame that has endured across more than eight centuries, and left for us an astonishing body of works in literature, art, music, philosophy and even natural science. More...

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  • Ryan Brandau is the new artistic director of Amor Artis. (2014-7-3)
  • Jolle Greenleaf and Donald Meineke direct the Early Music Festival NYC, running June 13-19, 2014. For details, visit www.emfnyc.org. (2014-5-7)
  • C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective has received the 2014 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. This is the first time they have received this honor. The Adventurous Programming awards recognize choruses that demonstrate a sustained commitment to adventurous programming through performances of choral music written in the last 25 years.Read more about the award at www.chorusamerica.org/news/2014-chorus-america-award-recipients-announced. (2014-5-7)
  • The New York Virtuoso Singers and Harold Rosenbaum have received the 2014 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. This is the fourth time NYVS and Rosenbaum have received this honor. Read more about the awards at www.chorusamerica.org/news/2014-chorus-america-award-recipients-announced. (2014-4-30)
  • Cantabile Chamber Chorale artistic director Rebecca Scott and others were interviewed by correspondent Bill Nutt for an article in the New Jersey Courier News and Home News Tribune. Read about Cantabile's April 26 concert celebrating New Jersey's 350th anniversary. (2014-4-10)

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  • October 21, 2014: New Choir Directory listing for the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir.
  • September 8, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for The Village Chorus for Children and Youth, based in the East Village.
  • September 3, 2014: New Choir Directory listing for Hudson Opera Theatre, based in Sugar Loaf, NY.
  • August 31, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Young Voyces, a treble youth choir in Staten Island.
  • August 26, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for NJWOMENSONG, a women's choir based in Hunterdon County, NJ.
  • August 25, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for The College of Saint Rose Women's Chorale, based in Albany, NY.
  • August 19, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Glen Ridge Congregational Church Chancel Choir in Glen Ridge, NJ.
  • August 15, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Melodia Singers, a newly-formed women's ensemble in Basking Ridge, NJ.
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