Bach, Buxtehude, and Barber
Apr
1
4:00 pm16:00

Bach, Buxtehude, and Barber

  • Union Theological Seminary

J.S. Bach Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227
Dietrich Buxtehude Herzlich, lieb hab ich dich, o Herr
Samuel Barber Dover Beach

The Dessoff Chamber Choir and Chamber Ensemble perform Bach’s Jesu, meine Freude. The five voice motet expands upon the original hymn tune of the same name by Johann Crüger. This is the second of Bach’s six motets that Dessoff will perform over the next 3 seasons. Buxtehude’s Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr is the finest example of the composer’s mature cantata compositions. To round out the program, Maestro Merriweather steps off the podium to sing Barber’s Dover Beach for baritone and string quartet.

The Dessoff Chamber Choir
The Dessoff Chamber Ensemble
Malcolm J. Merriweather, conductor & baritone

A New Amorous World
May
14
4:00 pm16:00

A New Amorous World

  • Fort Tryon Park

FREE EVENT!


Lembit Beecher The New Amorous World
Liu Zhuang Kang Ding Qing Ke
Tu Chao Mian
Shireen Abu-Khader Lammaa Badaa Yatathannaa
Salim Bali Fog elna khel
Muammer Sun Entarisi Ala Benziyor
arr. Shireen Abu-Khader Adinu
Steb Kallman Gede Nibo
Fre o
arr. Elaine Broad-Ginsberg Oseh Shalom
Gregg Smith Now I walk in beauty

Featuring Lembit Beecher’s The New Amorous World along with contemporary music from Haiti, China, and the Middle East, The Dessoff Choirs welcomes the United Nations International High School Chamber Choir and their director Mr. Daniel Stroup. Other special guests include Johanne Francois and Wenson Delice, co-directors of “Voices of Haiti,” a children’s choir based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Join us for an unforgettable afternoon of intergenerational singing and dynamic international choral music.

The Dessoff Choirs
The Chamber Choir of the United Nations International High School
Johanne Francois and Wenson Delice, guest artists
Malcolm J. Merriweather, conductor

A New Amorous World
May
21
4:00 pm16:00

A New Amorous World

  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Lembit Beecher The New Amorous World
Liu Zhuang Kang Ding Qing Ke
Tu Chao Mian
Shireen Abu-Khader Lammaa Badaa Yatathannaa
Salim Bali Fog elna khel
Muammer Sun Entarisi Ala Benziyor
arr. Shireen Abu-Khader Adinu
Steb Kallman Gede Nibo
Fre o
arr. Elaine Broad-Ginsberg Oseh Shalom
Gregg Smith Now I walk in beauty

Featuring Lembit Beecher’s The New Amorous World along with contemporary music from Haiti, China, and the Middle East, The Dessoff Choirs welcomes the United Nations International High School Chamber Choir and their director Mr. Daniel Stroup. Other special guests include Johanne Francois and Wenson Delice, co-directors of “Voices of Haiti,” a children’s choir based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Join us for an unforgettable afternoon of intergenerational singing and dynamic international choral music.

The Dessoff Choirs
The Chamber Choir of the United Nations International High School
Johanne Francois and Wenson Delice, guest artists
Malcolm J. Merriweather, conductor


French F​ête
Feb
26
2:30 pm14:30

French F​ête

  • St. Jean Baptiste Church

Lili Boulanger Hymne au soleil
Reynaldo Hahn L'obscurité
Claude Debussy Trois chansons de Charles d'Orléans
Marcel Dupré Quatre Motets, Op. 9
Maurice Ravel Ondine from Gaspard de la Nuit
Francis Poulenc Toccata from 3 Pièces
Jean Langlais Messe solennelle

The Dessoff Choirs celebrates accompanist Steven Ryan’s 20th anniversary season with works by 20th-century French composers. This program takes advantage of the fine Wicks organ and exquisite acoustics at Saint Jean Baptiste as we showcase Jean Langlais’s chromatically flamboyant Messe Solennelle for choir and organ. Dr. Raymond Nagem, Associate Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, will accompany the choir. Other works include Debussy’s a cappella gem Chansons D’Orléans, Marcel Dupre’s Quatre Motets, Op. 9, and pieces by Reynaldo Hahn and Lili Boulanger. Steven Ryan will be featured as piano soloist with a not-to-be-missed performance of Ondine from Gaspard de la Nuit by Ravel and Toccata from 3 Pièces by Poulenc.

The Dessoff Choirs
Steven Ryan, piano
Raymond Nagem, organ
Malcolm J. Merriweather, conductor

Auditions
Jan
5
6:00 pm18:00

Auditions

  • NOLA Studios

2016-2017 is the inaugural season with new Music Director, Malcolm J. Merriweather, and auditions are being held for all parts. Highlights of the remaining concert season:

  • Jesu Meine Freude, BWV 227
  • Jean Langlais, Messe solennelle
  • Lembit Beecher, A New Amorous World

Audition requirements:

You do not need to bring a prepared piece.

  • Vocalises
  • Pitch memory exercise
  • Sight reading
  • Text Recitation (French, German, Latin)

The Dessoff Choirs is one of New York City’s leading choruses, and is known for pioneering performances of choral works from the pre-Baroque era through the 21st century. Rehearsals are Monday evenings, 7-10 PM on the Upper East Side.

To schedule an audition, contact auditions@dessoff.org.

Welcome Yule (Brooklyn)
Dec
18
4:00 pm16:00

Welcome Yule (Brooklyn)

  • St. John's Episcopal Church

This event also takes place on December 10, 2016 at St. Peter's Church in Manhattan.


J.S. Bach Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230
David Willcocks O Come All Ye Faithful
Robert Parsons Ave Maria
French Carol Angels We Have Heard on High
Adolphe Adam Cantique de Noël
Morten Lauridsen O magnum mysterium
Franz Xaver Gruber Silent Night
Harold Darke In the Bleak Midwinter
Herbert Howells Here Is the Little Door
John Tavener God Is With Us
Gregg Smith Twelve Days of Christmas
Jack McKelvey Deck the Halls in 7/8
Robert De Cormier We Wish You a Merry Christmas
George F. Handel Hallelujah from Messiah

The Dessoff Choirs ushers in the winter solstice with a concert of seasonal repertoire and contemporary arrangements of carols. The choir will surround the audience and cradle them in the music of Bach’s Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230, and in music by Tavener, Lauridsen and Howells. This music, along with the audience joining in on the carols, is the perfect way to enjoy the holiday spirit.

The Dessoff Choirs
Malcolm J. Merriweather, conductor

Messiah Sing
Dec
17
4:00 pm16:00

Messiah Sing

  • Union Theological Seminary

George F. Handel Messiah, HWV 56

Sing with The Dessoff Choirs as we gather to lift our voices in holiday cheer with one of the most beloved choral masterpieces, Handel’s Messiah. Talented members of the choir will step down from the risers and sing their favorite arias. Scores available at the door or bring your own!

The Dessoff Choirs
Malcolm J. Merriweather, conductor

Welcome Yule (Manhattan)
Dec
10
7:30 pm19:30

Welcome Yule (Manhattan)

  • Saint Peter’s Church

This event also takes place on December 18, 2016 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Brooklyn.


J.S. Bach Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230
David Willcocks O Come All Ye Faithful
Robert Parsons Ave Maria
French Carol Angels We Have Heard on High
Adolphe Adam Cantique de Noël
Morten Lauridsen O magnum mysterium
Franz Xaver Gruber Silent Night
Harold Darke In the Bleak Midwinter
Herbert Howells Here Is the Little Door
John Tavener God Is With Us
Gregg Smith Twelve Days of Christmas
Jack McKelvey Deck the Halls in 7/8
Robert De Cormier We Wish You a Merry Christmas
George F. Handel Hallelujah from Messiah

The Dessoff Choirs ushers in the winter solstice with a concert of seasonal repertoire and contemporary arrangements of carols. The choir will surround the audience and cradle them in the music of Bach’s Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230, and in music by Tavener, Lauridsen and Howells. This music, along with the audience joining in on the carols, is the perfect way to enjoy the holiday spirit.

The Dessoff Choirs
Malcolm J. Merriweather, conductor

We Remember
Nov
7
7:30 pm19:30

We Remember

  • Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center

Purchase tickets $45-75 online or by calling CenterCharge - 212.721.6500


Steven Stucky Take Him, Earth
Whispers
David Hurd In Honor of Martin
W.A. Mozart Requiem in D minor, K. 626

Our season opens with Mozart’s Requiem along with Steven Stucky’s Take Him, Earth, and Whispers, and the premiere of David Hurd’s newly orchestrated work, In Honor of Martin at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. We Remember reflects on the lives of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a program of choral music written in their honor and dedicated to their memory. Don’t miss Malcolm J. Merriweather as he takes to the podium in his conducting debut as Dessoff’s ninth Music Director!

Sarah Brailey, soprano
Melissa Attebury, mezzo-soprano
Marc Andrew Day, tenor
Joe Damon Chappel, bass
The Dessoff Choirs and Orchestra
Malcolm J. Merriweather, conductor

Program Notes

Music Director Malcolm J. Merriweather

Music Director Malcolm J. Merriweather

Auditions
Aug
8
Aug 9

Auditions

Audition for the inaugural season with our new music director, Malcolm J. Merriweather! From Mozart's Requiem in Alice Tully Hall to Gregg Smith in Fort Tryon Park, it's an exciting season ahead. Auditions are August 8 and 9 from 6-8 pm in midtown. Contact auditions@dessoff.org to set up an audition.