U.S. premiere of Dutch requiem  

Award-winning choral ensemble Cantori New York, led by Artistic Director Mark Shapiro, concludes its spring season on May 19 and 20 with the U.S. premiere of Dutch composer Daan Manneke’s ethereal Psalmenrequiem.

Performances will also include Leonard Bernstein’s seldom-performed choruses for the 1952 play The Lark (based on the life of Joan of Arc), and a collection of luminous motets by Catalan composer Francisco Valls.

 

  Cantori performs at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY, April 2018

Cantori performs at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY, April 2018

The enterprising program embodies Cantori’s continuous support of musical innovation and commitment to daring repertoire. Just last month, Cantori was named a recipient of the Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the fourth time we’ve received this honor.    Manneke’s haunting composition was originally commissioned by musician and choral director Paul Hameleers, in memory of his late son. It was first performed in Amsterdam in 2005.  

As Manneke himself has written, the composition is “not modernistic,” but evocative of Medieval and Renaissance compositions -- it’s characterized at various points by rich harmonies, canon and the layered textures of multiple choruses. Yet the piece is abundant with its own twists as well. While structured in the typical requiem mass format, the piece forgoes the traditional Latin texts in favor of selected psalms from the Old Testament, a choice that Manneke has written gives the composition “a more open, ecumenical character.” And at Hameleers’ suggestion, the choir is accompanied by harp, the the biblical King David’s preferred instrument.  

“As we’ve been rehearsing Manneke’s Psalmenrequiem, we have all been struck not only by the beauty of Manneke's melodies, harmonies and rhythms, but also by his exceptional command of the choral instrument,” said Artistic Director Mark Shapiro. “The writing is detailed, scrupulously attentive to spacing, register and sonority. The chords positively glow. It is a profoundly satisfying and deeply moving acoustic experience!”  

Cantori is proud to present the first U.S. performance of Psalmenrequiem. We hope the program will help introduce American audiences to Manneke’s prolific body of work -- not nearly as well-known in the U.S. as it deserves to be -- through one of his most moving compositions.  

 

For more information, please contact us at info@cantorinewyork.com.

 

Performances  

Saturday, May 19th, 8:00 p.m.

Church of St. Luke in the Fields

487 Hudson Street, New York City  

 

Sunday, May 20th, 5:00 p.m.

Saint Ignatius of Antioch Church

552 West End Ave, New York City  

 

Featuring guest soloists Ashley Jackson, harp; Nicholas Tamagna, countertenor; and Ilinca Kiss, speaker.  

 

About Cantori

Praised by the New York Times for its “spirit of exploration” and qualities of “virtuosity and assurance”, Cantori New York, which feted its 30th year in 2014, has stayed true to its mission of presenting new compositions from all over the world, as well as neglected works that deserve the public’s attention and appreciation. A four-time winner of ASCAP's “Adventurous Programming” prize in recognition of its audacious repertoire, Cantori New York has won an enviable reputation as an accomplished and innovative vocal ensemble.

The ensemble’s work with living composers has led to nearly 200 premieres, including recent commissions from creators such as Alice Ho, Alba Potes, Dariusz Przybilski, Mohammed Fairouz, Lembit Beecher and Piotr Moss.

The group counts among its collaborators actors such as Tony-Award winner Maryanne Plunkett and Obie-Award winner Kathleen Chalfant as well as distinguished musicians and advocates such as violist Nadia Sirota, violinist Miranda Cuckson, and the French ensemble Musicatreize.

Cantori New York has sung at all five major halls at Lincoln Center, and has collaborated with or been presented by American Ballet Theater, Great Performances at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Teatro Grattacielo, World Financial Center Arts & Events, Music at the Anthology, Gotham Early Music Series, American Opera Projects, and others.  


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HARP/LARK

Ashley Jackson, harp
Nicholas Tamagna, countertenor
Ilinca Kiss, speaker

An excursion to seldom-visited musical landscapes: the U.S. premiere of Dutch composer Daan Manneke’s luminous multi-part Psalmenrequiem for chorus with harp, and Baroque motets by Catalan composer Francisco Valls, with harp continuo. Plus Choruses from The Lark by Leonard Bernstein.

Saturday, May 19th, 8:00 p.m.
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street

Sunday, May 20th, 5:00 p.m.
Saint Ignatius of Antioch Church
552 West End Avenue

 


CANTORI RECEIVES AWARD FOR ADVENTUROUS PROGRAMMING

We are proud to announce that Cantori New York and Artistic Director Mark Shapiro have been named recipients of the 2018 Chorus America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award. The distinction “recognizes member choruses that demonstrate a commitment to fostering and promoting new music,” especially music from the last 25 years, new commissions, and premieres. The panel of anonymous choral composers that chooses recipients considers the “variety and creativity” of member choruses’ most recent seasons. In the 2016-2017 season Cantori New York was honored to present the world premieres of two new works: Dariusz Przybylski’s Tyger Tyger, and Alice Ping Yee Ho’s The Depth of this Quiet. The season also included James Primosch’s Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus, a New York premiere. Cantori is one of three choirs receiving the honor this year, marking the fourth time it has received the Adventurous Programming Award in the last quarter-century. More information can be found at the Chorus America website.

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