New York Choral Society Summer Sings
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
Clara Longstreth, Conductor
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 the New York Choral Society for its 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.
Paukenmesse (Mass in Time of War), is one of the most popular of Haydn's fourteen settings of the mass. Haydn composed it in 1796, at the time of Austria's mobilization into war. It has been long thought to express an antiwar sentiment, even though there is no clear indication from Haydn that this was his intention. Calling it antiwar in nature is debatable, because most of the mass is of a lyrically joyful nature.
In his Gloria, Poulenc uses a colorful musical palette to express a wide range of emotions, from lyrical serenity to unashamed glee. Premiered in 1959, only four years before his death, the Gloria has remained a favorite with performers and audiences alike.
Clara Longstreth is music director and founder of the critically acclaimed New Amsterdam Singers. The New Yorker has called her "one of the most imaginative choral programmers around." "She has a knack for putting together rewarding programs that mix the old and the new, the familiar and unfamiliar" (The New York Times).1308