Brahms' Requiem

Brahms' Requiem
Sunday, May 28, 2017
8:30 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Andrew McLaughlin, Baritone
Claire Kuttler, Soprano
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Brookdale Concordia Chorale
ChoralArt Masterworks
The Peter Dent Singers
Bach-Chor Darmstadt
Wymondham Choral Society
West Valley Chorale
Manly Warringah Choir
Christchurch City Choir
Alexandria Choral Society
Classic Choral Society
New Dominion Choraliers of Prince William County
Arcadian Chorale (NJ), Richmond Choral Society (NYC)

Brookdale Concordia Chorale

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John & Cynthia Balme, Co-Directors
John & Cynthia Balme both hail from the opera world. John has served as General Director of Boston Lyric Opera and lake George Opera Festival as well as guest-conducting throughout the USA. Cynthia has sung 40 leading roles, specializing in Verdi with 12 operas performed with NY Grand Opera.

The Brookdale Concordia Chorale was founded in 2001 by John and Cynthia Balme. Now based at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft NJ, the Chorale is a county community performance group specializing in performing choral masterworks including 7 Handel oratorios, all the major works by Bach and Mozart, and major explorations of Mendelssohn, Brahms and many other major choral composers.

ChoralArt Masterworks

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Dr. Robert Russell
Robert Russell cannot remember a time when he did not sing. The Baptist tradition in Roanoke, VA during his formative years offered choral instruction for children as early as first grade; the teen choir sang weekly for services, summers included! A lifetime of singing, piano lessons from the second grade on, and rigorous training in college and grad school prepared him for a career as a choral conductor and music educator. He concluded 36 years of teaching at the University of Southern Maine in 2015 and continues an active retirement as music director of ChoralArt (Portland, ME) and guest conductor of festival choruses.

Celebrating its 45th season in 2016-17, ChoralArt is based in Portland, Maine, and is comprised of approximately 100 singers who participate in one or more of three distinct ensembles:  ChoralArt Masterworks (90 voices), ChoralArt Singers (50 voices) and ChoralArt Camerata (16 voices).  Members are talented and committed musicians, selected by a rigorous audition process.  Led for 37 years by Dr. Robert Russell, ChoralArt has earned a reputation for quality performances of major works, commissions of new works, innovative programming and creative collaborations.  In addition to its own concerts, ChoralArt regularly performs major choral works with the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

The Peter Dent Singers

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Peter Vincent Dent
A life-long choral singer, Peter began choral conducting in 1985 in Vancouver. He co-directed the Vivaldi Chamber Choir, and was the founding musical director of the Pacific Singers. Moving to Galiano Island, he started Coro Galiano. Since moving to Victoria, he directed the EKOOS vocal ensemble of Sooke for 5 years and is currently the Music Director of the Arion Male Voice Choir and the Newcombe Singers. For 15 years he has organized singing tours of Central Europe and Cuba. He has been a guest juror at international choral competitions in Prague. A composer of several choral works, he has a Master's Degree from UBC.

The "Peter Dent Singers" is comprised mainly of choral singers who have been part of Peter Dent's international choral tours. coming from many provinces in Canada, the criteria for inclusion in this performance are a solid background in classical choral singing and a previous performance experience of the Brahms German Requiem.

Bach-Chor Darmstadt

Angela Gehann Dernbach is the musical director of the Bach-Choir Darmstadt since 2006. She took over the lead from her father Horst Gehann, who founded the Bach-Choir in 1981. She studied church music at the college of music and the Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main.

The Bach-Choir Darmstadt was founded by Horst Gehann in 1981. In 2006 his daughter took over the management of the choir. Our ensemble - 60 performers - gives 3 concerts a year with works by all renowned composers. The choir performs tours at home and abroad and has participated in international music festivals.

Wymondham Choral Society

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Claire Dixon
Claire Dixon’s conducting experience began with Norfolk school and church choirs. She continues to encourage amateur singers in Norwich and the local area. As music director of a small local choir, she conducted on annual tours to several countries in Europe. In 2004 Claire was invited to become music director of Wymondham Choral Society. Since then, under her enthusiastic leadership, the choir has grown in size and popularity. A huge variety of music has been performed, ranging from early music to contemporary works.

Founded in 1980, Wymondham Choral Society is now a choir of about eighty singers. It is a great privilege to sing three concerts a year in some of Norfolk’s most beautiful churches, including St. Peter Mancroft in the centre of Norwich and ancient Wymondham Abbey. The choir’s repertoire has ranged from 8th century plainchant to new compositions. It often performs with well- known orchestras from London and members have enjoyed performing concerts with singers from all over the world in The Royal Albert Hall.

West Valley Chorale

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Ken Goodenberger
Ken Goodenberger, Artistic Director, has been a prominent member of the musical scene in Phoenix for over 30 years. He is a well-rounded musician, who is active as a conductor, choral clinician, voice teacher, actor and singer. Ken is also a Distinguished Member/Friend of the Arts of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Iota International Music Fraternity. All of his musical endeavors are dedicated to making music of the highest caliber accessible to students, choirs and audiences.

The West Valley Chorale is celebrating its 33rd season of providing outstanding choral music to the area. A vibrant community vocal group, the Chorale has been in existence in the Sun Cities area since 1983. It was first formed under the direction of the late H. Ward Bedford as the Sun Cities Symphonic Chorus, an adjunct to the Sun Cities Symphony Orchestra Association. The chorus became an independent entity in 1989. Recent highlights include performances with orchestra for the Brahms Requiem and Haydn's Creation. In addition, the Chorale has commissioned three large compositions and has had the privilege of performing the premieres of these works for their West Valley audiences.

Manly Warringah Choir

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Dr Carlos Alvarado
Carlos Alvarado studied piano in his native Colombia and was awarded a scholarship to the Tchaikovsky Conservatorium of Music in Moscow where he obtained a Doctorate of Opera and Symphonic Conducting as well as a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Choir Conducting. After an extensive career in Europe and Colombia he came to Australia in 2002, and was appointed as the Musical Director of the Manly Warringah Choir in 2003. Carlos co-founded the Wollongong Symphony Orchestra in 2004. He has also been the musical director and conductor of a variety of choirs and ensembles, including the Sydney North Chamber Orchestra, and is presently the Musical Director of the Ryde-Hunters Hill Symphony Orchestra. The choir is devoted to Carlos. His passion for the choral repertior is infectious. He conducts the choral rehearsals with a firm hand, but maintains a relaxed and collegiate atmosphere.

The Manly Warringah Choir is a 100 member strong choir operating in Sydney, Australia. Established over 40 years ago its objective is to broaden the range of cultural activities within the northern beaches region and provide a social outlet for its members. The leadership of Musical Director Dr Carlos Alvarado over the past 14 years has been inspirational for the choir. Devoted to the classical repertoire, it performs 3 concerts yearly, usually with a full orchestra, in a local historical chapel. Recent concerts include Bach- St John Passion, Saint Saens-Christmas Oratorio Mozart-Great C Minor Mass, Whitacre-Hebrew Love Songs, and Hayden-Paukenmasse. Handel's Messiah is a favourite, as well as the works of Karl Jenkins. The choir performed Brahms-A German Requiem in 2013, and is rehearsing it once more in preparation for the first concert in 2017 on May 6th.

Christchurch City Choir

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John Linker
A native of Princeton, Illinois, John Linker holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in music where he studied organ and harpsichord. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to coming to New Zealand, John was Organist & Choirmaster of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington, Kentucky, where the choir programme flourished during his 14 year leadership. John has now brought his extensive musical expertise and energy to New Zealand where he is able to enjoy the country’s unique outdoor lifestyle along with his family.

The Christchurch City Choir has a long and proud tradition of civic choral performance including symphonic works, New Zealand compositions and frequent collaboration with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Handel’s ‘Messiah’ and a version of the British ‘Last Night of the Proms’ are annual fixtures. Our representative group of three singers have diverse backgrounds including classical choral work, jazz, barbershop, and opera. The Brahms Requiem is a particular favourite of all three singers and we are very excited to perform it and we are very excited to perform it at such a renowned venue.

Alexandria Choral Society

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Brian Gendron
Brian Gendron serves as Artistic Director of Alexandria Choral Society and Pro Coro Alexandria, a chamber choir founded in 2012 as the organization's outreach ensemble. Previously, Gendron served as Artistic Director of the Grammy Award-winning Maryland Boy Choir. His previous teaching appointments include Conductor-in-Residence at Hollins University and Director of Choral Activities at Virginia Tech. Gendron earned degrees from Central Michigan University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Alexandria Choral Society aspires to enhance the cultural life of the city of Alexandria and surrounding communities by presenting diverse and engaging vocal music programs at the highest artistic level.

Classic Choral Society

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Janiece Kohler
A native of Trenton Michigan, Janiece is a musician with international performance and training credits. She earned degrees in vocal performance at Western Michigan University School of Music, continuing studies at the University of Music and the Performing Arts - Vienna (Austria). She took the opportunity complete a singing tour of Western Europe before returning to America. Janiece has since served many churches in Michigan and New York. Retiring from a thirty-year career at ASCAP’s world headquarters (NYC), she remains in the lower Hudson Valley area to lead its premiere ensemble, Classic Choral Society, as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor.

Classic Choral Society is unique among community choral organizations. While no auditions are required, the chorus has developed a solid reputation from professional performances of great and respected choral works. Since 1959 the Choral Society is a year-round resource for choral musicians and grateful audiences. Despite the ever-changing size of the membership, it maintains a distinctive, sonorous quality of sound, attributed in no small part to Maestra Kohler’s unfailing ear and devotion. Concerts are presented at venues throughout southeast New York. It remains a hallmark of Classic Choral Society to make participation accessible to all, welcoming new and returning members.

New Dominion Choraliers of Prince William County

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Katherine Nelson-Tracey
Katherine Nelson-Tracey is originally from North Dakota. She teaches voice and piano in her private studio in Woodbridge, Virginia, and serves as the applied music coordinator and an adjunct professor for the Woodbridge campus of Northern Virginia Community College, teaching voice and piano. She is the founding director of the New Dominion Choraliers (NDC) through which NVCC students can earn ensemble credit. She is active in the American Choral Directors Association and she sings with the National Philharmonic Chorale at The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, where she is the soprano I section leader.

The New Dominion Choraliers of Prince William County, Inc. (NDC) is an award-winning chorus of dedicated amateur and professional musicians. We are widely recognized for our musically diverse performances as well as for our commitment to serving our community. We strive to be the premier chorus in Prince William County and have a growing audience in the Washington D.C. area. The NDC provides a supportive environment for the musical growth and development of its members and serves as an example of a quality adult chorus. The NDC is a vibrant group that provides ample opportunity for individual contributions and accomplishments.

Arcadian Chorale (NJ), Richmond Choral Society (NYC)

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Marina Alexander
Marina Alexander conducts three ensembles in the NY area: the Richmond Choral Society (NYC,) Arcadian Chorale (NJ,) and Metropolitan Greek Chorale (NYC.) Noted for her scholarship and innovative programming, she has resurrected rarely heard masterpieces and presented US or NY area premieres of many works, including her own compositions. Inspired by her Greek heritage, Marina’s music is a blend of Western and Byzantine practices, a unique blend of East and West, of ancient and modern. She has been Adjunct Assistant Professor at the College of Staten Island-CUNY for 18 years, teaching Conducting and Music History. She often appears as a clinician at choral workshops and festivals.

Now in its 24th year, The Arcadian Chorale has been acclaimed for its innovative and musically accomplished programs under Music Director and Founder, Marina Alexander. Based in Monmouth County, NJ, the ensemble presents two full programs each season at sites throughout the NY-NJ metro area. The group has sung everything from Byzantine chant to newly commissioned works, and explored international choral music, singing in at least 16 different languages. In collaboration with various orchestras, the Chorale has made several appearances singing major repertory at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and at the NJ Performing Arts Center.

Richmond Choral Society was founded in 1951 to provide Staten Island with an appreciation of classical and contemporary choral repertory, via regular performances of masterpieces and lesser-known works of famous composers. Since its inception, RCS has enjoyed a vibrant roster of volunteer choristers representing every profession, religion, ethnicity, and age group. By exploring new repertory for its two concerts per year, in a variety of settings across Staten Island, Manhattan, and New Jersey, and collaborating with many other community organizations, RCS has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to excellence in the community. RCS has performed under the direction of Marina Alexander since 1995.