christmas-at-carnegie-hall.jpgDavid Hayes to conduct Special appearance by Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson New York, N.Y. - The New York Choral Society (NYCS) returns to Carnegie Hall under the baton of Maestro David Hayes on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 to present an inspiring mix of Christmas favorites, old and new. "This concert is a choral music lover's dream, and the perfect way to celebrate the season," said Mr. Hayes. "I can't wait to hear the wonderful voices of the New York Choral Society let loose that glorious sound in the splendid acoustics of Carnegie Hall." The concert will open with Verdi's stunning Ave Maria, followed by Respighi's Laud To The Nativity and Finzi's In Terra Pax. The Respighi and Finzi works both focus on the shepherds "abiding in their fields, keeping watch..." and then rushing to the manger to see the Holy Child. While very different, both pieces are extremely beautiful and poignant in their musical treatments of this much-loved story. Dormi, Jesu, by contemporary composer Abbie Betinis, is an a cappella setting of a lullaby sung to the infant Jesus. The middle movement of Stephen Paulus' Three Carols of the Nativity also depicts the scene in the manger with a gently rocking lullaby.The second half of the concert will consist of traditional Christmas carols, arranged for chorus and orchestra by Donald Fraser; in this performance, Heather Johnson as featured soloist will join the 180 voices of the New York Choral Society for a jubilant finale. ABOUT NEW YORK CHORAL SOCIETY The New York Choral Society (NYCS), founded in 1958, has become known by audiences and critics for the quality of its performances and the diversity of its repertoire, which encompasses well-known choral masterworks as well as many compositions rarely heard in concert halls. The 180-voice symphonic chorus has been widely recognized for its outstanding performances at prestigious music venues around the world. For more than half a century NYCS has enriched the cultural life of the New York community by performing a rich variety of choral music from classic to contemporary pieces, including newly commissioned works, to some 10,000 people per year; and by fostering interest and participation in choral music through education and community outreach, especially to children. Since 1984 the singers of the NYCS have also served as "ambassadors of music" abroad, with concert tours to many places including Italy, Austria, China, France, Israel, Mexico, Croatia, Greece and the Czech Republic. David Hayes, Music Director of the New York Choral Society David Hayes is a conductor with an unusually broad range of repertory, spanning the symphonic, oratorio/choral and operatic genres. His new role as Music Director of the New York Choral Society complements his existing roles as Music Director of The Philadelphia Singers; Music Director of the Mannes Orchestra; and, Staff Conductor of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Hayes has served on the conducting staff of The Philadelphia Orchestra from 2001-2011. He has also served as a cover conductor for the New York Philharmonic as well as for Sir Andre Previn on the Curtis Symphony Orchestra's 1999 European Tour with Anne-Sophie Mutter. Recent guest-conducting engagements have included a production of Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore for Opera Memphis, conducting Britten's The Rape of Lucretia and the East Coast Premiere performances of Tan Dun's Tea: A Mirror of Soul for the Opera Company of Philadelphia as well as conducting the finals of the Fulbright Piano Competition with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra. Past seasons have included concerts with such significant ensembles as The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra 2001, Curtis Opera Theatre, European Center for Opera and Vocal Art, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Washington Chorus, Louisiana Philharmonic, Berkshire Choral Festival and the Verbier Festival. Trained as a violinist and violist, Hayes received his Bachelor of Music in musicology from the University of Hartford and a diploma in Orchestral Conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller. He also studied with Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux School. He served on the Board of Directors of Chorus America from 2000-2009. Who: New York Choral Society and Orchestra David Hayes, Conductor Heather Johnson, mezzo-soprano Sarah Shafer, soprano Benjamin Bliss, tenor Jarrett Ott, baritone When: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 8PM Where: Carnegie Hall | 881 7th Avenue New York, NY 10019 TICKET INFORMATION: For ticket information, call (212) 247-3878 or visit or www.carnegiehall.orgTickets are also available at the Carnegie Hall box office and through CenterCharge 212-247-7800 PRESS CONTACT:DAN DUTCHER PUBLIC RELATIONSDan Dutcher, 917- 566 - PROGRAM DECEMBER 17, 2013, 8PM AT CARNEGIE HALL Christmas at Carnegie Hall David Hayes, conductor Carnegie Hall Giuseppe Verdi's Ave Maria (one of the Quattro Pezzi Sacri) Ottorino Respighi's Laud to the Nativity Abbie Betinis' Dormi Jesu Stephen Paulus' Three Nativity Carols Gerald Finzi's In Terra Pax Donald Fraser's A Christmas Symphony ###