Spem in Alium: A phoenix at forty
Posted 9/21/2018

St. John's in the Village--SanctuaryOn a hot and windy night in 1971 a blaze, possibly begun by an arson attack, struck up on what we now call the corner of West 11th Street and Waverly Place. The fire consumed the 19th century Greek-revival church on that corner, which had been the home of the Episcopal congregation of St. John’s in the Village since the 1850s.

There was much debate as whether or not to rebuild a church on this site, given the high value of the real estate in that part of Greenwich Village, even in the 1970s. But, arising like a phoenix from its own ashes, St. John’s Church was rebuilt by a pupil of Frank Lloyd Wright, local architect Edgar Tafel. More...

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  • The Ember ensemble of Schola Cantorum on Hudson has named composer and performing artist Cheryl Engelhardt as its Composer-in-Residence for the 2018-19 concert season. This is the first time the noted semi-professional ensemble, led by Artistic Director, founder and conductor Deborah Simpkin King, has named a composer to the position for an entire season. (2018-10-3)
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  • See the New York Times article about David Lang's upcoming Mile-Long Opera, to be performed by 1,000 singers October 3-8 along the High Line. (2018-9-29)
  • The board of Choral Chameleon and founding artistic director Vince Peterson have announced the appointment of Dale Trumbore as Composer-in-Residence for 2018-2019. Dale Trumbore will be the fifth composer since the company was founded in 2008 to have the opportunity to spend a year writing for the New York City-based company’s community of adventurous professional and avocational singers, adding to Choral Chameleon’s extensive repertoire of over 150 commissions and premieres. For more about Choral Chameleon's CIR programme, a biography of Trumbore and access to a long-form interview with Vince Peterson and the composer about the appointment, visit www.choralchameleon.com/composer-in-residence.html. (2018-9-26)
  • KHORIKOS, the acclaimed a cappella ensemble focused on bringing clarity and soul to early and new choral music, is happy to announce the upcoming release of three new albums. These recordings will include an eclectic, emotional mix of early and new music, including an EP of rare motets from the Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez. To learn more or contribute to this exciting project, visit igg.me/at/khorikos/x/9028284. (2018-9-7)

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