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New York Choral Society takes Mahler to Mexico
by John Daly Goodwin for Vocal Area Network
Posted April 3, 2010

New York Choral SocietyIn mid-July 2010 the New York Choral Society (NYCS) and Music Director John Daly Goodwin will embark on an exciting and ambitious project to perform and record Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony, or "Resurrection," in Mexico City. These performances will be part of the two year Mahler project of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería (OSM), Carlos Miguel Prieto, Music Director (a 2009 Grammy nominee). In 2010 and 2011 all the Mahler symphonies will be performed and recorded by Maestro Prieto and the OSM in the spectacular 2,000 seat Sala Nezahualcóyotl on the campus of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México -- a UNESCO World Heritage site. The NYCS has already been invited to return to Mexico City in August 2011 to join the OSM and several Mexican and American choirs for the spectacular conclusion of this project with three performances of the Mahler Eighth, or "Symphony of a Thousand."

2010 promises to be an ideal year to visit Mexico as the country celebrates both the bicentennial of its independence from Spain and the centennial of the Revolution of 1910, and during this important anniversary year all OSM concerts will include music of Mexican composers. The NYCS performances of the “Resurrection” Symphony on July 15, 17 and 18, 2010 will also include choral works of renowned Mexican composer Carlos Chávez, La Paloma Azúl and A! Fredome.

Maestro Goodwin and the singers of the NYCS will arrive in Mexico City after an eight day tour of the Colonial Highlands of Mexico with concerts of American and Mexican music in Oaxaca, San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato. They will be in Mexico City from July 12 to July 19, 2010 for rehearsals and performances of the Mahler "Resurrection," but they will also have time to enjoy the many cultural and culinary treasures that the historic capitol city of Mexico has to offer. Organized events will include a trip to the spectacular pyramids at Teotihuacán, a visit to the fascinating "Blue House" of Frida Kahlo, and an elegant final dinner in the breathtaking San Angel Inn. The singers are already making plans to spend some of their free time at the world-class Anthropological Museum, the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the Diego Rivera murals at the National Palace, and strolling through Chapultepec Park.

The New York Choral Society first became "ambassadors of music" in 1984 and has since produced 11 international concert tours, delighting audiences in Austria, China, Croatia, the Czech republic, France, Greece, Israel and Italy. The concert tour of Mexico in July 2010 will mark the Latin American debut of this well traveled choir. There are a limited number of spaces available for interested singers and guests who might wish to take advantage of the unique cultural opportunity in Mexico City. For more information, or to schedule an audition, please contact Joanne W. Lawson at 973-948-4689 or JoanneWLawson@gmail.com.

John Daly Goodwin directs the New York Choral Society.

Content Contact: John Daly Goodwin.
Revision Date: September 27, 2010.
Technical Contact: Steve Friedman.

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