29 Aug 2012
New York, NY
New York Choral Society
Julian Wachner, The Washington Chorus, Trinity Choir
Summer Sings, our series of open choral readings will run July 25 to August 29, 2012. Julian Wachner will lead us in reading Mendelssohn's Elijah.
When was the last time you sang in public? Are you a choral music buff but don't have time to belong to a chorus? Join others in raising the roof with song. Blow away your vocal cobwebs and experience the great fun and satisfaction of singing as part of a group. Keep your passion for singing alive by joining us in our 52nd annual celebration of summer. It's easy; we lend you the scores for the evening, provide accompaniment and soloists in the comfortable air-conditioned surroundings at Peter Norton Symphony Space Leonard Nimoy Thalia, and you are the chorus.
Mendelssohn’s Elijah was created in the spirit of his baroque predecessors Bach and Handel, whose music he loved. Mendelssohn had the original German libretto translated into English, and the oratorio was premiered in the English version. The melodrama, easy appeal, and stirring choruses have made this work a particular favorite of choral societies.
The conductor and composer Julian Wachner is music director of the Grammy Award–winning Washington Chorus. In 2010, he was named the inaugural Director of Music and the Arts for Trinity Wall Street, the historic Episcopal parish in Lower Manhattan. He regularly appears on the world’s leading stages, including engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Glimmerglass Opera, Boston Pops Orchestra, and Spoleto Festival USA. He will be the guest conductor for the New York Choral Society’s concert in Carnegie Hall on December 18, 2012.