I am thrilled to begin my first season as Music Director of The Dessoff Choirs. The season is filled with a diverse selection of offerings and we hope that you will join us often. We also celebrate the 20th anniversary of Steven Ryan, the accompanist of The Dessoff Choirs. Stevie not only assists with rehearsals but has been a featured performer throughout his tenure with the organization. We will have several events throughout the year to honor his contributions, which have enriched the legacy of The Dessoff Choirs.

The 20162017 season opens with Mozart’s Requiem at Alice Tully Hall with The Dessoff Orchestra. Entitled “We Remember,” this concert will feature Steven Stucky’s Take Him, Earth, honoring President John F. Kennedy, and the premiere of an orchestrated version of David Hurd’s homage to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., In Honor of Martin.

During the holidays, join The Dessoff Choirs as we present what will become an annual tradition, “Welcome Yule." These concerts (one in Brooklyn and one in Manhattan) will include seasonal favorites, carols for the audience, and Bach’s joyous Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden. Sing with the choir as they present a Messiah Sing in James Chapel at Union Theological Seminary. All of these events will certainly usher our audiences into the festive season.

Our winter concert is a party celebrating French composers in the twentieth century. At “French Fête,” the audience will be transported to France through dramatic yet impressionistic choral works by Jean Langlais, Lili Boulanger, Reynaldo Hahn, Marcel Dupré, and Claude Debussy. Dr. Raymond Nagem, Associate Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, will accompany the choir from the console of the Wicks organ at St. Jean Baptiste. Stevie Ryan will play solo piano works by Ravel and Debussy.

The Dessoff Chamber Choir will return to James Chapel at Union Theological Seminary to present a concert of works by Bach, Buxtehude, and Barber. The Dessoff Choirs concludes the season with A New Amorous World. The concert features music from the Middle and Far East and choral music that reflects on the diverse experiences of life. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at events throughout this outstanding season.




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