2017 once again welcomed opportunities to perform with conductor Eric Hayslett and LITHA Symphony. The concerts included performances of some well known pieces as well as lesser ones. The season wrapped up on August 26th with an electrifying performance of Mahler's dramatic "Resurrection" second symphony.
Looking ahead, we will be hosting our now annual presentation of Messiah Sing at Hudson View Gardens on Friday, December 1st with soloists and small orchestra and a presentation of Messiah Part 1 to the staff and patients of Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital on Saturday, December 23rd. On New Year's Eve, we will be performing an exciting program of British music, including a Beatles Medley, Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music, the beautiful octet, "For He Shall Give His Angels" from Mendelssohn's Elijah, along with Peter Warlock's hauntingly mysterious carol. "Bethlehem Down" and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". The evening will conclude with the finale from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and the now customary, Auld Lang Syne for organ, orchestra, chorus and audience ! Not to be missed.
2016 marks a special year for NYFS. It is the 20th Anniversary of our forming and we have come far since those days back at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine when we gathered to sing New Year's Eve concerts there. So with that said, we will mark this special year with a stunning evening of Americana on this New Year's Eve, December 31st, 2016 at our usual location, St. Paul the Apostle, on Columbus Avenue at 60th Street, at 7pm. James Howard's Grand Canyon Fanfare; Samuel Barber's luscious Agnus Dei; Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man; Dvorak's New World Symphony, and the always popular Beethoven Ninth "Ode to Joy" capped with a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne with soloists, chorus, orchestra and organ, and audience, to welcome in the New Year! Join us, won't you, for an unforgettable evening of music making in a fine space. In addition to this glorious gala event, we will be hosting the now traditional Messiah "Sing" uptown in Washington Heights on Tuesday, December 13th and a special performance of just Part i of Messiah at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center given for the patients, their relatives, friends and the staff, on Saturday, December 17th at 2.
Earlier in 2016 marked three collaborations with LITHA Symphony: in June, a gala concert showcased excerpts from Orff's Carmina Burana; the July concert presented Faure's Requiem and finally, in August, an entire performance of Beethoven's Ninth.
So we have been busy and this is good as it continues to keep us altogether outside the regular concert "season". In the true context of our mission statement, we love to sing and bring our voices to the community throughout the year.
A favorable New York Times review of our second performance with DCINY of Goossens' 1950s orchestration of Handel's Messiah, on Sunday, November 25, 2012, can be found here. Another review, from New York Concert Review Inc, is available here.
(Not to blow our own horn, but the Times said that the chorus "produced a ravishing sound at climaxes," and"handled some of the works most involved passages confidently." The New York Concert Review website noted that the chorus was "well balanced and strong in its supporting role" and "delivered in a manner that could be described as over-the-top," with a Hallelujah Chorus so robust that "the audience roared its approval for several minutes.")
A write-up of our Saturday, November 10 performance of the Faure Requiem with the Spectrum Symphony under David Grundberg can be found here, at the Lucid Culture website. The review noted the "majesty and depth" of the interpretation, praising the richness of the choir and calling the soloists, including our own Alec Spencer, "superb."
On Monday, April 23, 2012, NYFS was thrilled to participate in the first New York performance of Saygun's Yunus Emre Oratorio in 54 years under the intrepid baton of Turkish Maestro Rengim Gökmen at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. A second peformance took place Wednesday, April 25 at the Strathmore Center, serving the Washington DC area. Two on-line reviews of the New York event can be found here and
here, and photos from both Avery Fisher and Strathmore are posted on the
We had a successful and joyous 2011 New Year's Eve concert at St Paul the Apostle, given with the New York Repertory Orchestra under conducter David Leibowitz on, of course, December 31, 2011. What a glorious way to end the old year and start the new, with a capacity audience! Special thanks to those who helped us meet and then exceed our Kickstarter goal!
A few photos of the event are posted on the Past Performances & Events page.
Click here to read a New York Times review of our November 27, 2011 performance of The Messiah with DCINY. Our
Past Performances & Events page highlights NYFS singers featured in the accompanying photograph. Another review, by maestro Harry Saltzman (conductor of Sine Nomine, Brooklyn College Chorus and Brooklyn Conservatory Orchestra, among other groups), can be found
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After many years of stellar performances as an ad hoc entity, NYFS applied for incorporation as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization. Approval was received on February 27, 2011!
We have also moved forward in securing performance opportunities with other organizations and artists. We hope to share our joy in music with an ever widening variety of audiences throughout the Greater New York area.
Click here to read a New York Times review of our 2008 St John the Divine New Year's Eve Concert for Peace.