New York Choral Society Summer Sings
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
Haydn Lord Nelson Mass
Patrick Gardner, 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.
Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass is one of his six late masses and is one of Haydn's greatest compositions. Written in 1798 when Haydn's reputation was at its peak, the original name Missa in Angustiis or Mass for Troubled Times became known as the Lord Nelson Mass after Nelson's fleet defeated the French on or perhaps near the day of the first performance.
Brahms' Nänie, composed in 1881 in memory of his deceased friend Anselm Feuerbach, is a lamentation on the inevitability of death. The first sentence, Auch das Schöne muss Sterben, is translated as "Even the beautiful must die."
Now in his twenty-second season as music director of the Riverside Choral Society, Patrick Gardner is also director of choral activities at Rutgers University, where he conducts the Rutgers University Kirkpatrick Choir and the Rutgers University Glee Club.