Ode to Joy: Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy

Ode to Joy: Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy
Monday, Dec 3, 2018
7:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
                    Fantasia in C minor, Op.80 ("Choral Fantasy")
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Warren Lee, Piano Soloist
Danielle Talamantes, Soprano
Claudia Chapa, Mezzo-Soprano
John McVeigh, Tenor
Christopher Job, Baritone
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Central Texas Choral Society
Glacier Symphony Chorale
Vox Kiwiana
Gesangverein Raidwangen 1898 e.V.
Reutlinger Liederkranz 1827 e. V.
Central Congregational Church Choir of Chelmsford, MA
Metropolitan Detroit Chorale
Phoenix Singers, Hong Kong

Central Texas Choral Society

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Dr. David Guess
Dr. David Guess has served as president and musical director of the Central Texas Choral Society since 2012. He also maintains a private voice studio where he teaches and coaches singers of all ages. Prior to taking the reigns of CTCS, he served as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. He has also served on the faculty at Baylor University, McLennan Community College, and was the choral director at Waco High School from 1995-1997. He holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. When time allows, he enjoys spending time with family, doing yard work, and playing a round of golf with friends.

The Central Texas Choral Society is an auditioned community chorus in Waco, TX. Founded by former Baylor School of Music Professor Robert Young in 1976, the ensemble presents 3 to 4 concerts each season and is committed to the performance of important compositional milestones in the choral art. Recent performances include Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Forrest’s Requiem for the Living; Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasy; Orff’s Carmina Burana; and Beethoven’s Symphony #9 “An die Freude.” CTCS members come from communities throughout Central Texas and from all walks of life – stay-at-home moms; business leaders; community activists; faculty from all levels of education; and exceptional high school singers. One of the unique aspects of the chorus is the participation of family units – husbands and wives; dads and sons; moms and daughters; even entire families often join together to have the wonderful experience of singing with CTCS.

Glacier Symphony Chorale

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Samuel Micah Hunter
Micah Hunter serves as Chorale Conductor for the Glacier Symphony & Chorale, Director of Choirs at Stillwater Christian School, and Adjunct Professor in the Music Department at Flathead Valley Community College, all in Kalispell, Montana. Micah holds the Doctor of Sacred Music from the Graduate Theological Foundation, Master of Church Music in Choral Conducting from Pensacola Theological Seminary, and Bachelor of Music Education from Montana State University.

The Glacier Chorale is the symphonic choir attached to the Glacier Symphony and Chorale in Kalispell, Montana. This 80-voice, auditioned ensemble prepares and performs great choral music of the past and present, as well as the great standards of symphonic choral literature.

Vox Kiwiana

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Wim Oosterhoff
Wim Oosterhoff has a passion for the performing arts and has been involved in events organisation for over 25 years, as president of the Wellington Youth Orchestra, Nelson Civic Choir and Nelson Performing Arts competitions. A major achievement was staging the New Zealand Premiere of Sir Karl Jenkins’ Cantata Memoria. For the Children of Aberfan in Wellington in 2017 under the baton of Dr. Jonathan Griffith, involving the Wellington Youth Orchestra and choristers from New Zealand and Australia. Wim is looking forward to a continued relationship with DCINY.

Vox Kiwiana Vox Kiwiana is an ad hoc choir assembled from singers who performed in the New Zealand premiere of Sir Karl Jenkins’ Cantata Memoria. For the Children of Aberfan in Wellington in October 2017. This concert was under the baton of Dr. Jonathan Griffith. The members are mainly from New Zealand (Wellington and Nelson), but we also have two members further away (Germany and Australia). Being such a geographically spread choir means that rehearsals are coordinated via electronic communication. With the current availability of on-line practice materials, we are confident to come to New York well prepared!

Gesangverein Raidwangen 1898 e.V.

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Thomas Preiß
Thomas Preiß, choir director BDC, studied at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart. He teaches at the Friedrich-List-Gymnasium in Reutlingen and is musical director of several choirs. Well-known are his big performances with more than 3000 singers as well as the concerts with Monrose, Nena, Xavier Naidoo and the Fischer-choirs. With his choirs, Thomas Preiß framed the official celebrations of the German Federal Government on the 20th anniversary of German unification in Berlin. Queen Silvia of Sweden was very happy about his musical welcome during her visit to Germany. His choirs took part in television broadcasts transmitted throughout Germany.

The Performers are member of the choir Da Capo, one of three choirs of the Gesangverein Raidwangen 1898 e.V. Da Capo was founded in 1997 by our director Thomas Preiß for the younger singers who want to perform some modern kind of music including rock and pop songs, musicals and Gospel. But also classical music is being performed. Most of our performances are presented without choral score and we do some choreography in order to offer our audience not only listening pleasure, but also a visual pleasure. Outstanding appearances in the last years were the "Fernsehgarten" on television, a backing choir for a Queen Show in Stuttgart and the performance of the musical "Joseph".

Reutlinger Liederkranz 1827 e. V.

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Thomas Preiß, Choir Direktor BDC
Thomas Preiß, choir director BDC, studied at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart. He teaches at the Friedrich-List-Gymnasium in Reutlingen and is musical director of several choirs. Well-known are his big performances with more than 3000 singers as well as the concerts with Monrose, Nena, Xavier Naidoo and the Fischer-choirs. With his choirs, Thomas Preiß framed the official celebrations of the German Federal Government on the 20th anniversary of German unification in Berlin. Queen Silvia of Sweden was very happy about his musical welcome during her visit to Germany. His choirs took part in television broadcasts transmitted throughout Germany.

The Reutlinger Liederkranz is one of the oldest singing clubs in Germany and exists more than 190 years with five mixed choirs who represent the full range of choral music. Singers are from 10 to well over 80 years, which is a statement that singing keeps you young and healthy. The chronology varies depending on the ensemble from classical to arrangements of modern music. The musical management has Thomas Preiß, choir director BDC. With new ensembles is committed to promoting young talent to a considerable extent, thus making a significant contribution to cultural preservation of the songs and connects generations.

Central Congregational Church Choir of Chelmsford, MA

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Francisco J. Fernandez
Following a successful Mexico City debut at age of 12, Mexican concert pianist Francisco Fernandez has enjoyed a busy international career as both performer and teaching artist. A sought-after musician, he has performed in numerous halls and auditoriums around the world with great acclaim for his sensitive and passionate interpretations as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor. He holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance from The Boston Conservatory and currently serves as Music Director and Choir Conductor at Central Congregational Church in Chelmsford, MA.

The Central Congregational Church Choir of Chelmsford, MA has a long-standing tradition of high-quality performances. These concerts have allowed community musicians both professional and amateur to perform side by side with world-class instrumentalists and singers, while providing the community at large the opportunity to experience a full orchestra and choir in a quality only available at the world’s most renowned venues. Recent performances under music director Francisco Fernandez have featured works by Händel, Mozart, Bach, Stainer, among others, including Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and John Rutter’s Gloria. Future performances include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Metropolitan Detroit Chorale

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Pasquale A. Pascaretti
Pasquale A. Pascaretti has been the Director of the Metropolitan Detroit Chorale since 1975. Under his leadership, the Chorale has grown from a small community chorus to the premier choir in Macomb County, Michigan. He consistently challenges the choir to achieve more and has expanded its repertoire of sophisticated classical and contemporary compositions. Pasquale was a music educator in the Fraser Public Schools, Fraser Michigan, for forty-three years, retiring in June 2015. While at Fraser, he was instrumental in establishing the Arts Academy program offering expanded opportunities in the arts for high school students.

Now celebrating its 49th season, the Metropolitan Detroit Chorale is a mixed voice ensemble of 90+ singers committed to excellence in choral performance. In addition to presenting its seasonal concerts and contemporary cabaret performances, the Chorale makes a commitment to serve the community from which it draws its support. MDC's mission is to musically educate and enrich the community by "Bringing Music to Life and Lives to Music."

Phoenix Singers, Hong Kong

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Celia Leung
Graduated from University of Hong Kong, Celia Leung started conducting in the age of 11. She has worked with singers from all ages. In 2015 and 2016, she founded Sing City (a vocal ensemble) and Phoenix Singers, Hong Kong. Both groups are mostly made up of expats who love to share their passion in singing during their leisure time. The Choirs present performances regularly in the city. Prior to be a music director, Celia was a producer to various music groups.

Phoenix Singers, Hong Kong was founded in 2016. Led by Celia Leung, the choir is named after the many flame trees that are found around the city. Phoenix Singers has performed at various locations in HK, including Sheung Wan Civic Centre, HK Arts Centre and more. The choir rehearses weekly and presents 3 concerts a year.