The Sounds of War and Peace: Chapter 2 The Music of Karl Jenkins, a 70th Birthday Celebration

The Sounds of War and Peace: Chapter 2 The Music of Karl Jenkins, a 70th Birthday Celebration
Monday, Jan 20, 2014
7:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Karl Jenkins, DCINY Composer-in-Residence
Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Bards of Wales and Benedictus, US Premiere
Stabat Mater
Charlotte Daw Paulsen, Mezzo-Soprano
Darik Knutsen, Baritone
Samuel Smith, Bass-Baritone
Belinda Sykes, Ethnic Vocals and Mey
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

The Joyful Band of Singers
Cantoris Choir
United Choir of Dunaujvaros
Ensemble Jean-Philippe Rameau
Die Konzertisten
Cantoría Lugano
Carpe Diem Vocal Ensemble
Cascade Singers
Choeur Sorel-Tracy
Coro Nagmén de la Sociedad Coral Alemana Villa Ballester
University of West Georgia Concert Choir & Collegium Vocale
Swift Current Oratorio Choir

The Joyful Band of Singers

Finley Woolston
Finley Woolston

Cantoris Choir

Cantoris Chamber Choir was established with a strong focus on Early Music. Over more than 40 years, the choir has broaden the range of repertoire to include works large and small from a range of genres and eras. We have been privileged to enjoy expert direction from talented directors such as Andrew Baines, Robert Oliver, Peter Godfrey, Michael Vinten, Rachel Hyde, Richard Apperley and our current director Brian O'Regan. As a choir, we enjoy tackling challenging and diverse works, and finding interesting ways to share these fascinating musical journeys with new and existing  audiences.
 
Brian O' Regan, Director, earned his Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours Degree) from Cork School of Music, Cork, Ireland and is an Erasmus Exchange Graduate from the University for Music and Dramatic Arts, Graz, Austria. Brian has played with worldwide orchestras such as the European Union Youth Orchestra, Wiener Jeunesse Orchester, Deutsch-Skandinavische Jugend- Philharmonie, National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble in venues as prestigious as the Berlin Philharmonie. Musical Director roles include Redemptorist Church Choir and Redemptorist Centre of Music, Limerick, Ireland and well as Cantoris Choir, Wellington, New Zealand.

United Choir of Dunaujvaros

Peter Horvath
Peter Horvath
The Unified Choir of Dunaujvaros was established at 2011 especially for a special event started by the Global Sing for Peace movement: a Memorial Concert for the Victims of 9/11. The Choir itself was formed from 4 different Choirs of same city with 111 members alltogether. These choirs are: Mixed Choir of the Istvan Szechenyi High School, BonaVox Female Choir, Choir of Rudas-Banki High School and Mixed Choir of Dunaujvaros (as Organizer). In the same year - as a Christmas concert - we sung Karl Jenkins: Stella natalis as Hungarian premiére. At 3/6/2012 we performed Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man - Mass for Peace as a Hungarian premiére too. The choirs functioning separately too very well, but they attended to this Event with full power as the only Hungarians in The Bards of Wales (which is one of the most famous Hungarian poems).
Peter Horvath has been the artistic director of the Mixed Choir of Dunaujvaros for 22 years now. Finished his study in Budapest (Hungary), studied piano, flute, choir conducting. He worked as singing-master in different schools. He established a boy-choir. He working with his own choir since 1992. The Unified Choirs of Dunaujvaros was organized and started to work after his ideas.

Ensemble Jean-Philippe Rameau

Dr. Digaud-Baluszynska
Dr. Digaud-Baluszynska
 
The Ensemble Jean-Philippe Rameau, founded in 2011 by Malgorzata and Eric Digaud, performs a range of classical works with a focus on French music. Based in Gex, France, it is named after the great baroque composer, musical theorist and philosopher.
 
The choir's repertoire ranges from Gregorian chants to contemporary music: Allegri's Misere, Delalande's De profundis, excerpts from operas by Rameau and Lully, pieces by Mielczewski, Capillas and Purcell, Vivaldi's Gloria, Rossini's Little Solemn Mass, Mozart's Te Deum, and Karl Jenkins' Requiem and The Bards of Wales. 
 
This ensemble of 70 Swiss and French singers performs regularly in France and Switzerland. www.ensemblejeanphilipperameau.org
 
Dr. Digaud-Baluszynska graduated from the Krakow Academy of Music in Poland, where she studied music theory, choral and orchestral conducting, and music education. Her productions and innovations in choral singing have on multiple occasions won first prize from Poland's Ministry of National Education.
 
She has taught music education at the Institute of Education Science in Krakow, choir and chamber orchestra conducting at the Krakow Academy of Music, and choral conducting and education at the University of Strasbourg. She now directs several choirs in Switzerland and France, including the Ensemble Jean-Philippe Rameau, and teaches music at Genolier High School in Switzerland.

Die Konzertisten

Felix Yeung
Felix Yeung
Founded in Hong Kong in 2008, Die Konzertisten promotes various musical styles with repertoire ranging from Renaissance and Baroque to romantic, modern and contemporary.
 
It has performed with many distinguished conductors, including the internationally renowned Stephen Layton, the legendary Helmuth Rilling, the highly sought-after composer Karl Jenkins (when he made his debut in Hong Kong in 2012), the talented Nicholas Cleobury and cantor of the world-famous St Thomas Boys Choir, Georg Christoph Biller.
 
Die Konzertisten regularly collaborates with the Hong Kong Arts Festival and in 2013 led the Britten 100 Project. It has recently performed Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Handel's epic Israel in Egypt.
 
Hailing from Hong Kong, Felix Yeung is an active organist, choral singer, and conductor. He read music at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Royal Academy of Music London. His previous musical posts include Music Director of the Hong Kong Youth Choir and the first Pettman Organ Scholar at the London Oratory from 2011 to 2013. Felix currently combines his office as Sub-Organist at St John's Cathedral and Provincial Music Director of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, with his work with Die Konzertisten as their Principal Conductor.

Cantoría Lugano

Eduardo Vallejo
Eduardo Vallejo
The Cantoria Lugano Argentine Choir was founded by their director, Eduardo R. Vallejo in 1972. Since then, they have performed many genres of choral music, from chamber and symphonic  compositions from the Renaissance period to the 21st century.
 
In 2000, Cantoria Lugano Choir, was invited to sing in different cities in Italy and in the Vatican, by the International Society of Sacred Music. In year 2012, they  performed Karl Jenkins' Stabat Mater, in multiple venues in Buenos Aires.
Please browse www.cantorialugano.com or contact vallejoe2003@yahoo.com.ar
Professor Eduardo R. Vallejo is an active choral director and educator. He has taught in the National Music Conservatory in Choir Direction. He also holds a graduate degree in Psychology. Professor Vallejo has been the director of the Cantoria Lugano Choir since its inception.
 
He has directed many choral and orchestral ensembles in Buenos Aires, Argentina,  and developed specialized psycho-dramatic techniques with his singers, which are used during rehearsals and in performances.
 
Professor Vallejo also composes choral arrangements of Argentine folk music and tango.

Carpe Diem Vocal Ensemble

Clark Duhrkopf
Clark Duhrkopf
The Carpe Diem Vocal Ensemble was founded in September, 2001 and performs a variety of musical styles, including standard choral repertoire, vocal jazz, musical theatre, opera and major choral works; John Rutter's Gloria, Feel the Spirit Song Cycle, Magnificat, Requeim and more. The group also has performed the Fauré Requiem, the Mark Hayes Magnificat and the Karl Jenkins Stabat Mater. Each year the ensemble performs Christmas and Spring Concerts, and occasionally a Halloween Concert. They were honored to sing the National Anthem for the Special Olympics Minnesota's Summer and Winter Opening Celebration Ceremony; an honor held since the Summer of 2003.
Clark Duhrkopf, born in Des Moines and raised in Sumner, Iowa, is the Minister of Music at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Edina, Minnesota. He graduated from Waldorf College, Forest City, IA, and the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA – majoring in Vocal and Instrumental Music Education, Conducting and Voice Performance. He has conducted and directed many Musical Theater Productions, as well as sung lead roles; Tony in West Side Story and Achibald Craven in The Secret Garden. Clark has also sung with the Minnesota Opera and at St. Peter's Basillica in Rome for Pope John Paul II.

Cascade Singers

Lloyd Walworth
Lloyd Walworth
In 1976, Lloyd Walworth and a group of musical friends organized Cascade Singers Community Choir in The Dalles, Oregon, presenting their first concert that spring of 1976.  Members are auditioned from The Dalles and neighboring communities in the Mid-Columbia area.  The group is a voluntary, self-administered and self-financed 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that meets twice a week to enjoy choral music and to prepare public performances. A typical season will include a winter holiday program, an annual St. Patrick's Day Concert and a spring program.
 
Repertoire for Cascade Singers is eclectic, including traditional, classical choral music from all historical periods, folk music, ethnic music, music theater and contemporary music. Cascade Singers have taken six European tours, including performances in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Slovenia, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, England, Ireland and Scotland in 1987, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004 and 2008.
 
Lloyd Walworth graduated from Central Kitsap High School in Silverdale, Washington, in 1964. He studied at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington, from 1964 to 1966, transferred to Western Washington University in Bellingham, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1969. In 1975 he received a Master of Science in Teaching degree from Portland State University in Oregon.
 
Lloyd taught in the Cle Elum-Roslyn School District in central Washington from 1969 to 1972, teaching elementary general music and secondary choir and band.  In 1972 Lloyd and his wife, Diane, with daughters, Jennifer and Heidi, moved to The Dalles, Oregon. Lloyd's primary teaching assignment in The Dalles was middle school and high school vocal music, although he also worked in elementary general music and high school band.  Lloyd's high school Bel Canto Choir was the 3A First Place Winner in the Oregon State Choir Contest in in 1987, 1988 and 1990. In 1994 Lloyd was selected as Teacher of the Year for The Dalles High School and was a finalist for Oregon Teacher of the year in 2003.
 
After 43 years in public school music and 40 years teaching in The Dalles, Lloyd retired in the spring of 2012.

Choeur Sorel-Tracy

Josse Laforest
Josée Laforest
Founded in 2010, Chœur Sorel-Tracy is a community choral society of 75 chorists. The choir's mission is to offer a significant musical and human experience to people fond of choral singing. Participants of all ages have the opportunity to learn music reading, music interpretation, vocal techniques while discovering and singing classical and sacred masterpieces of great composers.
 
Chœur Sorel-Tracy brings an important contribution to the cultural life of the city and area of Sorel-Tracy, an inspiring region where the Richelieu River meets the St. Lawrence River in the heart of the Province of Québec. The choir presents two yearly concerts, one of them with a symphonic orchestra; it also holds  a Christmas concert raising funds for a benevolent  organization and finally sings four masses every  year in the main church of the city.
 
All this is made possible thanks to the brilliant skills of director and president Josée Laforest, vocal coach Louise Marcotte, pianist Francis Huletsky, Vice President Mychelle-Louise Champagne and secretary Claude Cournoyer.
 
Mrs. Josée Laforest is a McGill University Master's degree graduate in Wind Conducting and flute performance. She also completed a bachelor's degree in music education at  UQÀM (Université du Québec à Montréal) and a Suzuki Method Accreditation for Flute at Queen's University. She studied at Conservatoire de Montréal for five years where she obtained a college degree in flute interpretation. In 2012, she started master studies in choral conducting at Université de Sherbrooke.
 
As guest conductor, she has worked with several  elite ensembles in Québec. As an instructor for the Fédération des harmonies et orchestres symphoniques du Québec, she offers training on conducting techniques and is also a jury member in several music contests in Québec.
 
Mrs. Laforest has been a high school music teacher since 1987 and has led several music ensembles: Choeur Sorel-Tracy, Petit Choeur Sorel-Tracy, Harmonie Détente and Harmonie Calixa-Lavallée de Sorel. Mrs. Laforest has received recognition as Woman of the Year and Cultural Personality in 2001 and in 2006 she was recognized as Outstanding Citizen for her musical contribution to the Sorel-Tracy region.

Coro Nagmén de la Sociedad Coral Alemana Villa Ballester

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Pablo Christian Di Mario
"Nagmén" is a native word that means "feeling moved when singing."
 
Conducted by Dr. Pablo Di Mario, it has a varied repertoire from renaissance to contemporary a cappella music and with orchestra. Its most relevant venues were the Carlos Lopez Buchardo National Conservatory of Music, Germany's Embassy in Argentina and Argentina's main theaters and churches.
 
Requested by Argentina's Secretary of Culture, the choir participated as the host choir for the Argentinian Eighth Sacred Biennial. The choir won three first awards in "Eisteddfod" Trelew's Choral Competition in 2003.
 
Commissioned by the British Council and Colón Theater's Foundation, Nagmén Choir premiered in Buenos Aires John Rutter's Requiem Mass. In November 2008 the choir performed Gabriel Fauré's Requiem with Colón Theater's Academic Orchestra live on TV, and in 2009, they performed in the Argentinian premiere of Stabat Mater by Karl Jenkins in a multimedia show with orchestra and soloists.
Pablo Christian Di Mario graduated from the Carlos Lopez Buchardo National Conservatory Master degree in Piano and Orchestral-Choral Conducting 1998. DiMario obtained his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting, at Metz University, France 2003. In 2003, He won three first place awards as conductor in The Trelew Choral Competition. In 2004 he won the prize “Fondo Nacional de las Artes” Institutional award as best Conductor. Di Mario works as Professor of Choral Conducting in Universidad del Valle (Colombia) and IUNA University (Bs.As); Musical Director of SR Lyric Company in Cali, Colombia and Lugano, Switzerland; and General Director of Sociedad Coral Alemana Villa Ballester, Coro Nagmén, Coro and orchestra Juan José Castro, and So what? Jazz vocal.

University of West Georgia Concert Choir & Collegium Vocale

Kevin Hibbard
Kevin Hibbard
Collegium Vocale is an auditioned community chorus committed to preserving and promoting the choral arts in the greater Atlanta community by performing a secular and sacred repertoire ranging from the renaissance to newly-commissioned music, including seldom-performed works. Organized in 1955 by faculty members of Emory University, Collegium Vocale is the second-oldest community chorus in the Atlanta area. In 2001, Kevin Hibbard became the seventh director. Members of Collegium Vocale are volunteers, and perform a cappella, with piano, organ, small ensemble, or full orchestra. Solo opportunities exist for members of the chorus, as well as for area professional singers.
Dr. Kevin Hibbard is Music Director of Collegium Vocale and Director of Choirs at the University of West Georgia. He holds degrees from Luther College (Weston Noble) and Arizona State (Douglas McEwen), and studied with Howard Swan, Vance George, and Paul Christiansen. He sang with the Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus under Robert Shaw.
 
Hibbard's experience also includes public school choirs, church choirs, and boy choirs. A frequent guest conductor, his choirs have appeared on numerous convention programs.
 
Hibbard is a member of ACDA, NAfME, NATS, CMS, and Chorus America, and is listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

Swift Current Oratorio Choir

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Marcia McLean
The SCOC is in its 41st season of presenting music to the audiences of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada and surrounding area. This non-auditioned community choir attracts singers from a 90 mile radius of Swift Current and presents two concerts a year as well numerous community appearances. Marcia McLean directs the Christmas program and the spring concert, which is a major work with the Regina Symphony players, is conducted by Gregory McLean. Recent performances include Haydn's Creation, Mozart's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Clausen's A New Creation, Rutter's Requiem, and Jenkins' The Armed Man.
Marcia McLean is currently co-director of the Swift Current Oratorio Choir, an 80-voice community choir based in Swift Current, SK, Canada.  As well, she serves as President of the Saskatchewan Choral Federation, a provincial choral association. Recently retired from 31 years of choral directing in the public school system, she has directed youth choirs, children's choirs and vocal jazz ensembles. In 2004, Mrs. McLean was awarded the "Pro Musica" Award by the Saskatchewan Choral Federation for outstanding service in the choral community. She received her Bachelor of Music from Brandon University.