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National Children’s Chorus Winter Showcase in New York City

Dec 12 | Tue |
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Surround yourself in hope, good will, and “a truly ethereal sound” (Gramophone), when the talented young singers of the National Children’s Chorus perform a joyful and heartfelt holiday concert. The chorus will offer an extraordinary performance of a brand-new winter collection of songs that inspire gratitude, mindfulness, and self-knowledge.

The multicultural, specially curated New York City program features classics that include “Silent Night, “The Christmas Song,” and “My Favorite Things,” as well as traditional songs from Spain, Venezuela, and Turkey, among many other great choral selections.

Each year, under the leadership of Artistic Director Luke McEndarfer and Associate Artistic Director Dr. Pamela Blackstone, over 1,100 young people who carry a love of singing in their hearts find their voice and achieve their best through unparalleled vocal training in eight chapter cities nationwide.

The students are celebrating that their album "Illumine" hit #3 on the Billboard Classical charts. The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and AIR Studios in London last summer, in collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra and released on Lexicon Classics. The album highlights holiday music from different countries, cultures, and traditions around the world resulting in an exquisite musical collection — a diverse, world-encompassing array of holiday expressions by underrepresented voices in choral music.

The festive December concert appearance marks the start to the group’s 120th-anniversary season where the group will launch a new chapter city, exponentially expand its scholarship program, and set off on an eighth international tour.

Cherie Roe, pianist Yotam Ishay, pianist Dr. Clera Ryu, pianist M. Maxwell Howard, pianist

PRELUDE LEVEL Karina Camile Parker, conductor “My Favorite Things,” Rodgers & Hammerstein, arr. Roger Emerson “The Night Wind,” Mark Patterson “Hanukkah, Season of Joy!.” Mark Weston

MINUET LEVEL Catherine Moore, conductor “Arre Borriquito” (Spanish Traditional), arr. D. Farrell Smith & Shelley J. Smith “Always Sing Your Song,” Victor C. Johnson “Cold Snap,” Mark Hayes “Somewhere in My Memory,” John Williams & Leslie Bricusse, arr. Audrey Snyders

SONATA LEVEL John Verkuilen & Madolyn Accola, conductors “Afternoon on a Hill,” Cynthia Gray “Üsküdar” (Turkish Traditional), arr. Mark Burrows “Velvet Shoes,” Randall Thompson “On With the Snow!,” Douglas E. Wagner

CONCERTO LEVEL Madolyn Accola, conductor “Adorar al Niño,” (Venezuelan Traditional), arr. Victor C. Johnson “Hine Ma Tov” (Hebrew Traditional), arr. Neil Ginsberg “Malala’s Dream,” Ethan McGrath “Gaudeamus!” Mary Lynn Lightfoot

DEBUT ENSEMBLE Dr. Nicholas Nicassio & Kaitlin Simonson, conductors “Los Cristales Turbios,” J. Reese Norris “Torah Orah” (Hebrew Traditional), arr. Brant Adams “Silent Night,” Franz Gruber, arr. PINKZEBRA “The Power of a Song,” Andy Beck

PREMIER ENSEMBLE Luke McEndarfer & Dr. Nicholas Nicassio, conductors “Salmo 150,” Ernani Aguiar, arr. Donald Patriquin & Alberto Grau “Winter,” Anthony Giamanco & Walter de la Mare, arr. Andy Beck “Flight,” Craig Carnelia, arr. Ryan Murphy “The Christmas Song,” Mel Tormé & Robert Wells, arr. Mark Hayes

SCHOLARS Luke McEndarfer & Joshua Gonzalez, conductors “The Ground,” Ola Gjeilo “What Sweeter Music,” John Rutter “True Colors,” Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly, arr. Matthew Brown. Nirvaan Pal, soloist “Brightest and Best” (American Traditional), arr. Shawn Kirchner

Venue: First Presbyterian Church

5th Avenue at W 12th Street Map