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  • For Immediate Release, April 21, 2015, New York, NY

    DCINY Presents The Verdi Requiem

  • Penelope Shumate

    Penelope Shumate

  • Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) presents Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, a monumental work for chorus, soloists and orchestra, replete with intense drama and gloriously beautiful melodies. The composer’s only large-scale work not written for the stage, the Requiem stands in stature and artistry alongside Verdi’s great operatic masterpieces. DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Jonathan Griffith leads the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a majestic force of 400 voices, comprised of outstanding choirs from seven states as well as the U.K., Canada and Denmark, and the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra. DCINY is delighted to welcome back acclaimed soloists: soprano Penelope Shumate; mezzo-soprano Claudia Chapa; tenor John Pickle; and baritone Christopher Job. Verdi’s Messa da Requiem will be performed on Sunday, May 24 at 8:30pm at Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall.

    Giuseppe Verdi first wrote his famous Libera me (Deliver me) after the death of operatic great Gioacchino Rossini, and was inspired to complete his Requiem following the death of his personal hero, poet Alessandro Manzoni. The work met with tremendous success when it was debuted in May 1874 – first very reverently at the cathedral of Saint Mark in Milan, then at La Scala opera house. The music of the Requiem is characterized by wild undulations – from sparse, otherworldly vocals to brass-heavy brimstone and fire, and back again. Throughout, Verdi uses the terrifying theme of the Dies irae (Day of Wrath) to remind the listener of his inevitable mortality and judgment. The work’s far-reaching spiritual and emotional magnitude has been met with tremendous longevity and popularity over the last 140 years.

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  • For Immediate Release, February 19, 2015, New York, NY

    DCINY Presents Total Vocal an all-a cappella celebration featuring arrangements and cast members from Pitch Perfect & The Sing Off!

  • Deke Sharon

    Deke Sharon

  • Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) presents a thrilling celebration of pure a cappella power with Total Vocal at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm. Arranger and conductor Deke Sharon—of Pitch Perfect and The Sing Off! fame—leads sixteen top a cappella choruses from across the U.S. and Australia in the vibrant afternoon performance, featuring special appearances by singers Kelley Jakle and Shelley Regner, and stellar beatboxer and Chesney Snow.

    Heralded as “a one man a cappella revolution” by The Boston Globe, Deke Sharon is responsible for the current sound of modern a cappella that has taken the world by storm. Deke produces the worldwide television hit The Sing-Off, and served as arranger, music director and vocal producer for Universal’s a cappella-obsessed comedy Pitch Perfect and its upcoming highly-anticipated sequel, Pitch Perfect 2.

    The DCINY concert will feature many of Deke Sharon’s hit arrangements, including “I Got The Music In Me;” Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin Somethin’;” “Signed Sealed Delivered” by Stevie Wonder; U2’s “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For;” and the infectious “Bellas Finale” medley from Pitch Perfect.
    Taking the stage as soloists alongside the DCINY choruses are Shelley Regner, known for her roles in Pitch Perfect and Bite! The Musical, and Kelley Jakle, also of Pitch Perfect fame, as well as the first and second seasons of The Sing-Off. Chesney Snow is a Drama Desk award-winning actor, beatboxer, poet, musician and songwriter, and executive producer and co-star of the 2014 documentary feature American Beatboxer.

    Founded by Iris Derke (general director) and Jonathan Griffith (artistic director and principal conductor) Distinguished Concerts International is driven by passion, innovative vision, a total belief in its artists, and unwavering commitment to bringing forth unforgettable audience experiences. For more information about Distinguished Concerts International New York and upcoming DCINY musical events around the world, please visit:

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  • For Immediate Release, February 18, 2015, New York, NY

    DCINY Presents the 2nd Edition of A Cappella NEXT Featuring Three Outstanding Guest Ensembles: Elora Festival Singers, Le Choeur de Chambre du Québec
    & Harmonia Chamber Singers

  • A Cappella Next

    A Cappella NEXT

  • Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) is delighted to showcase three superb choral ensembles in an all-a cappella program at Weill Hall on Friday, March 13 at 8:00pm. Hailing from Canada are the Grammy-nominated Elora Festival Singers, and Le Choeur de chambre du Québec, which specializes in contemporary French-language works. And, from Buffalo, New York, the Harmonia Chamber Singers, who are noted for their innovative programming and stunning performances.

    The Grammy and Juno-nominated Elora Festival Singers (EFS), with nine releases on the Naxos label, has established itself as one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada and beyond. Founded in 1980 by Noel Edison as the principal choral ensemble of Ontario’s Elora Festival, EFS is renowned for its diverse styles and for its rich, warm sound and clarity of texture. Their program will feature repertoire by Canadian composers including Gloria by Timothy Corlis; Remember by Stephen Chatman, on a text by 19th-century English poet Christina Rossetti; and Gloria Deo per immensa Saecula by Healey Willan.

    The Choeur de chambre du Québec, a 16-voice professional ensemble, aims to enrich the musical heritage of French Quebec and Canada through their development of new choral works composed on French texts, superb performances, and active touring. Some of the choir’s repertoire is composed by its artistic director, Robert Ingari, including Chanson d’automne and Soleils couchants, his impressionistic settings of Verlaine’s famous poems. Also on the program at Weill Hall are the world premiere of Flaques de soleil (Puddles of Sunshine) by Jean-Charles Côté, and a setting by Stephen Smith of one of the oldest French traditional songs, À la claire fontaine.

    Founded in September 2006 by artistic director Robert Pacillo, the Harmonia Chamber Singers is a professional a cappella ensemble based in Buffalo, New York. The Singers’ repertoire spans centuries of choral music, from Medieval chant to the present. Their program with DCINY will include the poignant Eulogy, a new work by American composer Rob Deemer and based on Iraq War veteran Brian Turner’s account of a soldier who commits suicide on the battlefield in Iraq. Other works include Pater Noster by the young contemporary Italian composer Leonardo Schiavo; a new setting of Byron’s She Walks in Beauty, by one of Harmonia’s tenors, Jeff Trenchard; and Goin’ Home by Michael Murray, based on a theme from Dvorák’s New World Symphony.

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  • For Immediate Release, November 13, 2014, New York, NY

    Distinguished Concerts International New York Names EPH EHLY Recipient of DCINY’s Educator Laureate Award

  • Dr. Eph Ehly

    Dr. Eph Ehly

  • Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) is pleased to announce that conductor Eph Ehly will be the recipient of the DCINY Educator Laureate Award. Celebrated as a conductor and educator worldwide, Ehly will receive the award on Sunday, November 30th, at the start of DCINY’s performance of Messiah… Refreshed! at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Co-founded by Iris Derke (General Director) and Jonathan Griffith (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor), DCINY’s 8th season will begin in January 2015.

    Named “one of the most sought-after choral conductors/clinicians” by The American Choral Directors Journal, Eph Ehly is renowned as a conductor, author, and lecturer. Ehly has appeared in 48 states, as well as Canada, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, and several countries throughout Europe, and presented on more than 100 college and university campuses. DCINY’s Maestro Jonathan Griffith—the recent winner of the 2014 American Prize in Conducting—comments: “Dr. Eph Ehly has been a major influence in my life, not only musically but also personally. Much of who I am today as a conductor goes back to the early days of my doctoral studies at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and specifically with my daily contact with Dr. Ehly. It is a sincere privilege to honor this wonderful and giving musician and human being.”

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