LIU Post Chorus Headed For Carnegie Hall
Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post
For some musical groups, an appearance at Carnegie Hall is the chance of a lifetime. Not that the appearance isn't creating excitement -- but when the LIU Post Chorus takes the stage at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, April 21, the approximately 65-member group will be adding another notch to its performance belt.
The chorus, which has appeared twice at Lincoln Center and completed a "European Tour" of Italy under the leadership of Assistant Professor of Music Mark Shapiro, will be taking the stage 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21 with the St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra, to perform Verdi's Requiem, in the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.
"It is always a notable achievement to appear at such a legendary venue as Carnegie Hall, as the LIU Post Symphonic Band did very successfully last season," said Dr. Shapiro, who teaches music theory and conducting and directs several ensembles at LIU Post. "But the context in which the chorus will perform this month makes the occasion a particularly special and exciting one. They will be joining one of New York's largest and longest-established oratorio societies, The St. Cecilia Chorus, which was founded in 1906."
Additionally, he notes, the chorus will be joining in on the closing concert of his first season as music director of The St. Cecilia Chorus, in the company of an outstanding quartet of guest vocal soloists, all of whom have appeared or are scheduled to appear with the Metropolitan Opera.
Dr. Shapiro has been music director for St. Cecilia for a year now. Additionally, he is a principal guest conductor of the chamber orchestra Nova Sinfonia in Halifax, Canada, and is in his 21st season as artistic director of Cantori NY. He recently completed his 21st year with the Monmouth Civic Chorus, and is a frequent guest conductor for opera, with companies including Juilliard Vocal Arts, American Opera Projects, Underworld Opera, and the Opera Company of Middlebury.
Shapiro and the LIU Post Chorus will be joined by guest soloists Jennifer Rowley (soprano), Leann Sandel-Pantaleo (mezzo-soprano), Noah Baetge (tenor) and Harold Wilson (bass). Additionally, several LIU Post Department of Music faculty members will be on hand to play in the orchestra: Veronica Salas, viola; Frank Cassara, percussion; Karla Moe, flute; Sharon Moe, French horn; and Bradley Siroky, trumpet.
"Our LIU Post students will be part of a tremendous joint undertaking -- approximately 250 singers, 60 instrumentalists, and four soloists -- with deep historic and artistic roots in New York City," said Shapiro. "I am thrilled that the LIU Post students and I will be making music together on this festive occasion."
The performance, "Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi," will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Carnegie Hall/Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Tickets may be purchased at carnegiehall.org.
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