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November 10th and 11th, 2018

Thierry Escaich: Cris (US premiere)

Philip Lasser: The Elements (world premiere)

Prominent French composer Thierry Escaich, artistic and spiritual heir to Duruflé and Messiaen, sets a gripping World War I narrative by best-selling novelist Laurent Gaudé, for chorus, speaker, accordion, eight cellos and percussion. Conductor Mark Shapiro’s English translation of the spoken text lends a searing immediacy to Escaich’s seismic music. A new work by New York composer Philip Lasser offers reflection with wisdom and sensitivity. Exciting guest performers include Young Concert Artist Hanzhi Wang (accordion) and recent Juilliard graduate Philip Stoddard (speaker).


Farewell to Sorrow

March 9th and 10th, 2019

Francis Poulenc: Sept Chansons

Donald Grantham: La canción desesperada

Henry Purcell: Ode to St. Cecilia’s Day

Poulenc’s luminescent settings of impressionist poetry are an ideal amuse-bouche for the beautiful cycle by Donald Grantham, with soloists and violin, which sets Pablo Neruda’s “Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair.” Grantham’s lyrical, expressive music evokes the tumultuous feelings of people in love. The concert concludes with Purcell’s joyful and radiant cantata, for chorus with soloists and organ.


The Tower and the Garden

May 11th and 12th, 2019

Charles Villiers Stanford: Three Motets

Gerard Victory: Seven Songs of Experience

Gregory Spears: The Tower and the Garden (New York premiere)

In a nationwide collaboration with The Crossing, Volti, and Notre Dame Vocale, Cantori New York gives the New York premiere of a joint commission from Gregory Spears. Exploring the search for truth amidst the uncertainty of the modern world, Spears's three-movement work sets poems by Denise Levertov, Thomas Merton, and Keith Garabian. Garabian does homage to gay rights activist and filmmaker Derek Jarman, whose cottage (and garden) hung precariously between a nuclear power plant and the sea. With string quartet. Opulent choral settings by Irish composers Stanford and Victory open the program.