The New York Choral Society, New York’s pioneering symphonic choir exploring unique collaboration and dynamic repertoire, announces its return to live performance with Love in Action, April 2 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. A concert of choral music that brings together the work of eight contemporary American composers who explore universal themes of thought, action and love, the evening will also feature the voices of frontline and essential workers as well as the Grammy Award-winning Catalyst Quartet, Soprano Chantal Freeman, mezzo-soprano Miastasha Gonzalez-Colón, tenor Bernard Holcomb and baritone Marcus DeLoach.
Emerging from a time of uncertainty and turmoil where New Yorkers have witnessed incredible love in action over the past two years, the choir will be joined on stage throughout the evening by local heroes : nurses, paramedics, police, chefs, therapists and other essential workers. Offering their voices, thoughts and wishes for a more hopeful, loving and inclusive future, audiences will enjoy a musical evening that celebrates optimism, generosity and noble action. The concert features renditions of choral works created by American composers over the past 25 years, including The Hope of Loving by Jake Runestad, Bar xizam (Upward, I Rise) by Abbie Betinis, Sure on This Shining Night by Morten Lauridsen, My Heart Be Brave by Marques LA Garrett, I Dream A World by Rosephanye Powell, Healing Heart by Jacob Narverud and There Will Be Rest by Frank Ticheli. The concert will close with a deeply personal direction from Jennifer Higdon of Amazing Grace.
“Over the past two years, the power of love in action was everywhere,” says music director David Hayes. “We saw so much kindness, learned more about the community and witnessed the depth of perseverance, strength, patience and love,” he continues. “Even when joy seemed far away, it was always around the corner. Throughout this time of sacrifice and loss, we continued to be filled with hope and love. We were all called to l ‘action – as frontline workers, giving voice to social injustices , or simply caring for friends and neighbours. And in doing so, we have seen the power and grace of love in action. Let us finally come together, let us finally sing and continue to find new ways to serve one another in the days ahead.” Hayes adds “There is no better way to celebrate our return to the stage than with the voices of those who have worked tirelessly and fearlessly during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are honored to share our stage with these heroes to celebrate the everyday greatness of love in action and celebrate the caring and resilient spirit of New York City.”
Love in Action will take place on Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the New York Society for Ethical Culture located at 2 West 64th Street. The venue is accessible by the A, B, C, D or 1 train to Columbus Circle, and the 1 train to 66th Street and Broadway.
Tickets are $25 and are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-york-choral-society-presents-love-in-action-tickets-212121329607
Ticket buyers can donate tickets that will be distributed to essential works and their families for free entry to the concert
Currently, all ticket holders must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and ID at the gate and wear masks at all times while on site.