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K. Jenkins 

J. Griffith

J. Avila



Monday, January 16, 2012
7:00 PM

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall


The Music of Karl Jenkins


Karl Jenkins: The Peacemakers (World Premiere)
Karl Jenkins, Composer/Conductor
Antoni Mendezona, Soprano
Jorge Avila, Violin
Kara Deraad Santos, Flutes
NYJAZZ: Rob Derke, Soprano Saxophone, Carlo De Rosa, Electric Bass, and Benny Koonyevsky, Udu, Doumbek, & Ethnic Percussion
Premik Russell Tubbs, Bansuri and Ethnic Flutes
Joseph Mulvanerty, Uilleann Pipes

Jenkins: "Sarikiz," a violin concerto (Carnegie Hall Premiere)
Jorge Avila, Violin
Jenkins: "The Wooing of Etain" (US Premiere)
NYJAZZ: Rob Derke, Soprano Saxophone and Carlo De Rosa, Electric Bass
Joseph Mulvanerty, Uilleann Pipes
Premik Russell Tubbs, Bansuri and Ethnic Flutes
Barratt: "Fantasy Prelude" (US Premiere)
Jonathan Griffith
DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Danny Evans, Piano


DCINY will host the world premiere of the latest work by Karl Jenkins, the most performed living composer in the world. The Peacemakers, using text by Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mandela, the Dalai Lama, and Albert Schweizter as well as Shelley, the Bible, Quran, Hinduism etc, is a work extolling peace. One line from Rumi (the 13th-century Persian mystic poet) sums up the ethos of the work: "All religions, all singing one song; Peace be with you."

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra International and Distinguished Concerts Singers International

Distinguished Concerts Singers International: Blythewood High School Choir (SC), Choir18 (MD), The Choristers of All Saints', Phoenix (AZ), Coleytown Middle School (CT), Guernsey Choral & Orchestral Society (UK), Hilo Community Chorus (HI), Il Bel Canto (MD), Manhattan School of Music (NY), Metropolitan Detroit Chorale (MI), Musica Antigua Collegii (Australia), The Really Big Chorus (UK), University Singers of NYU (NY)


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Ensemble bios


D. Kirkindoll

Blythewood High School Choir (SC)

Blythewood High School Choir Bio Established in 2007, the Blythewood High School Choir is the premier vocal ensemble at the high school. Under the direction of Donald Kirkindoll, the BHS Choir has become known on campus and in the community for finely-tuned, artistic concerts and has been praised for its musical sensitivity and creative programming. In 2011, the BHS Choir presented an invitational concert on stage at Epcot Center in the Walt Disney World Resort. The Peacemakers with DCINY will mark the BHS Choir's Carnegie Hall debut.

Donald R. Kirkindoll is a professional conductor, music educator, and an active church musician. Kirkindoll earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Centenary College of Louisiana in 2001 and a Master of Music from the University of South Carolina in 2004. He is the Director of Choral Studies at Blythewood High School and the Director of Music Ministries at Ashland United Methodist Church. In January 2012 Kirkindoll and the Blythewood High School Choir will travel to New York City to participate in the World Premiere of The Peacemakers by Karl Jenkins at Carnegie Hall. Kirkindoll lives in Lexington, South Carolina with his wife Kristina and daughter Natalie.

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D. Boarder

Choir18 (MD)

Choir18 brings together singers from several choirs in the Bishop's Stortford-Hertford-Royston-North London area to perform as a chamber choir in some of Europe's most amazing buildings and to undertake "special" events. In recent years we have sung in churches and cathedrals in England (St Albans, Ely, Norwich, St Edmundsbury, Southwark) and abroad (St Marks in Venice, Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Brussels, Marmoutier and Strasbourg). We have a "pool" of about 50 singers and take on a gig with a maximum of 21 singers and a good balance within the parts. Choir18 website

David Boarder began piano lessons when he was six and the organ when he could reach the pedals. At Liverpool University he studied with Caleb Jarvis, became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at 20 and graduated B.Mus in performance studies. In 1977 David joined Hertfordshire Music Service where he was an Area Manager for 25 years. He conducts Choir18, East Herts Youth Orchestra, Broxbourne Chorus, the Choral Societies in Royston and Bishop's Stortford and the A10 Orchestra. David's house is full of instruments including a 2-manual harpsichord a Petrov IV grand piano, a newly-restored 1821 Broadwood square piano, a 68+ stop 3-manual computer organ and a very big tuba.

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S. Youngs

Choristers of All Saints' Episcopal Church and Day School (AZ)

The Choristers of All Saints' Episcopal Church and Day School in Phoenix, Arizona, are chosen from the student body of the school. All students in third grade are auditioned, and accepted students begin their training in fourth grade. Choristers study theory, sight-singing, and vocal production, performing for not only school and church functions but also community outreach. Their performances and repertoire vary tremendously and recently supported activities include our Sudanese community and "Habitat for Humanity." Their repertoire for the year dovetails with the language arts curriculum and its focus for the year. This is the third appearance at Carnegie Hall for the Choristers of All Saints'.

Scott Alan Youngs is the Artistic Director of the Arizona Bach Festival, the Director of Music for All Saints' Episcopal Church and Day School, and adjunct faculty at Arizona State University. As Director of Music for All Saints' Episcopal Church, he conducts the Chamber Choir, the Senior Choir, the Women's Chant Choir, and the Boy and Girl Choristers of the Day School, as well as being the principal organist. As a pianist and organist, he has appeared in recital throughout Western Europe, the United States, and South America. As choral conductor, he has toured with his choirs in England, Wales, Ireland, Italy and Russia. His choirs have recorded nine CDs and his Choristers have completed 5 CDs.

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A. Laurino

Coleytown Middle School Camerata (NY)

The Coleytown Middle School Camerata is a group created by audition for interested 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to sing more challenging music. The group sings a variety of show tunes, modern/pop music, and classical a cappella music. The Camerata generally has 5 concerts each year, rehearsals are held before school on Monday and Wednesday mornings for 50 minutes each. Students share their music as part of community outreach at the holidays at our local Assisted Living Home and Senior Center.

Amy Laurino currently teaches in the Westport Public Schools District, in Westport, CT. She is a graduate of Purchase College Conservatory of Music with a B.A. in Studio Composition, and an M.M. in Classical Composition. She also holds a 6th year in Music Education from the University of Bridgeport in CT. She has been the choral and general music teacher at Coleytown Middle School for 6 years. She is also a singer/songwriter and continues to record and publish songs available to the public on ITUNES under her alias Amy Kateri.

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H. Grand
Guernsey Choral & Orchestral Society (UK)

Guernsey Choral & Orchestral Society is a well-established, mixed-voice choir of about 100 singers, who share a love of singing and enjoy making music together in a friendly yet hardworking atmosphere. GCOS gives amateur singers the opportunity to take part in major choral works with the benefit of a full orchestral accompaniment in performance, with both amateur and professional soloists. The choir and orchestra has built a reputation for high quality performances and performs regular public concerts in Guernsey, as well as a biennial concert weekend abroad, which this year saw a performance of Haydn's Creation in St Malo Cathedral.

Helen Grand is a graduate of the University of London where she studied piano with Audrey Ayliffe, voice with Jane Gregson and conducting with Arthur Davison. Whilst training in London as a singer, she sang with St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Choir, performing in St Paul's Cathedral and the Royal Festival Hall. Helen has conducted choirs at The Anvil, Basingstoke and at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and also conducts the Guernsey Chamber Choir. Invited to conduct GCOS in 2006, she has since directed the choir in the Brahms Deutsche Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana and undertook the first performance on the Island of Walton's Belshazzar's Feast.

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P. Pascaretti

Metropolitan Detroit Chorale (MI)

Now in its 42nd season, the Metropolitan Detroit Chorale continues "Bringing Music To Life and Lives To Music", aspiring to entertain, to enrich, and to encourage area citizens to appreciate fine vocal performance while providing a place for amateur vocalists to learn and grow through performance under the direction of competent artists. With a strong background in the works of the masters, the Chorale also enjoys the works of contemporary composers and has been privileged to present premiere performances of the works of Sir Karl Jenkins to its home audience: The Armed Man, Requiem, Stabat Mater, and Gloria.

Pasquale A. Pascaretti has been Director of the MDC since 1975. He is the Vocal Music Teacher at Fraser High School as well as Vocal Music Department Chair for Fraser Public Schools. He has also served as director of several church choruses and has been instructor of Keyboard Harmony for the community college. He has studied with Robert Shaw, Westminster Choir College and with Margaret Hillis, Berkshire Chorale Institute. Awards include: Fraser High School Teach of the Year and recognition by Heritage Music Festivals Hall of Fame for the consistently high quality performances by Fraser Singers in festival competitions throughout the United States.

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S. Faulkner
Musica Antiqua Collegii Inc. (Australia)

Musica Antiqua Collegii Inc. was formed in 1980, when Spencer Faulkner was involved in teaching courses in early music at the now Queensland University of Technology. When he retired, Musica Antiqua Collegi moved venue and developed into a community choir of 55 to 70 members which performs two major choral works with soloists and orchestra every year. Two other concerts are lighter in character to cater for different audiences. Works recently performed include Karl Jenkins "The Armed Man," Faure's "Requiem," Bach's "Magnificat," and the Australian premiere of "Gloria."

Spencer Faulkner began his career teaching music to primary school children where he became interested in choral music. An after school choir of 60 children, both primary and secondary, developed into a community choir. After moving to a Teachers' College, he became involved in tertiary choral music. A madrigal group developed into Musica Antiqua Collegii or MAC Inc. which is now a community choir of 55 to 70 which performs to major choral works a year with soloists and orchestra.

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The Really Big Chorus (UK)

The Really Big Chorus is the UK's largest choral society with over 11,000 singing members. It began life in 1974 when Canadian Don Monro, a student at Imperial College, University of London, got together with fellow scientists to hire the Royal Albert Hall and fill it with amateur singers for the very first Messiah from Scratch. Thirty-five years later, "Concerts from Scratch" now puts on three concerts a year at the Hall: Messiah from Scratch in November, a Summer Singday in July (always the last concert in the Hall before the BBC Promenade Concerts) and a May event too. The premise is straightforward: you learn the music, turn up, and sing! Messiah from Scratch is just that -- no rehearsal at all for the chorus, just an electrifying, adrenaline-filled performance. The other concerts have rehearsals the day of the performance with the English Festival Orchestra and professional soloists under the baton of distinguished conductors such as Sir David Willcocks, Brian Kay (who is our current principal conductor) and John Rutter. The Really Big Chorus also hosts choral vacations and relaxing musical cruises.

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What People Said...



From New York Concert Review: The Music of Karl Jenkins

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Migdalia Pizarro
Audience member

I don't have the words to thank you properly for the opportunity you gave me to experience this event. It was a life altering experience. The music moved me so much that during the first piece "The Wooing of Etain" I know that I experienced a shift in my life that I can't explain. During the second piece "Sarikz - a violin concerto" played wonderfully by Mr. Avila, I found myself in tears. I was so glad to have made it, thank you a million times.

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