Long Island University/LIU Post Chorus
The LIU Post Chorus has built a strong reputation and has been recognized as a leading college/university chorus in the New York area.
In recent seasons the LIU Post Chorus, directed by Associate Professor of Music Dr. Mark Shapiro, has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and the Rose Theater in Lincoln Center, sharing the stage with the Cecilia Chorus of New York and Cantori New York a well as soloists and orchestra of the verismo opera company Teatro Grattacielo. In 2013, in a partnership with The Cecilia Chorus of New York, with Orchestra, the LIU Post Chorus performed the historic New York premiere of the Mass in D by Dame Ethel Smyth at Carnegie Hall. In 2012, these two groups joined forces to perform Verdi's Requiem, also in Carnegie Hall, and in December 2013 they will again share the stage for Handel's Messiah at the Tilles Center. All of these performances have been led by Dr. Shapiro. Additional performances have included the North American premiere of Pietro Mascagni's opera Il Piccolo Marat, and a rare presentation of Wolf-Ferrari's opera I Gioelli della Madonna. The chorus's performances have won strong reviews on blogs and in the international press.
In 2011 the LIU Post Chorus toured Italy, giving well-received concerts in Rome, Orvieto, Florence and Montecatini. A 2014 tour of Ireland is being planned.
Since its founding, the LIU Post Chorus has consistently appeared in important New York venues. The chorus has performed major choral works with many Long Island and New York orchestras, including the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, the Queens Symphony, the National Orchestra, the New York Virtuosi, and the Opera Orchestra of New York. The Chorus has sung at Lincoln Center in Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Colden Auditorium, Tilles Center and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Repertoire has included Verdi's Requiem, Beethoven's Mass in C, Fidelio, and Symphony No. 9, Dvorak's Requiem, Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.
The chorus was led for over four decades by Alexander "Lex" Dashnaw.