Long Island University/LIU Post Chorus
Mark Shapiro, Conductor
The Long Island University/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 Long Island University Chorus has performed at both Avery Fisher Hall and the Rose Theater in Lincoln Center, sharing the stage with Cantori New York as well as soloists and orchestra of the verismo opera company Teatro Grattacielo. The 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. Both performances won strong reviews in the international press. In 2012 the Chorus will perform Verdi's Requiem in Carnegie Hall with the St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra, all under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Mark Shapiro.
In 2011 the Chorus toured Italy, giving well-received concerts in Rome, Orvieto, Florence and Montecatini. Chorus performances in important New York venues have been often and varied. The chorus has performed numerous major choral works with many Long Island and New York orchestras.
The group has sung, among others, 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 with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, the Queens Symphony, the National Orchestra, the New York Virtuosi, and the Opera Orchestra of New York 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. The chorus was led for over four decades by Alexander "Lex" Dashnaw.