The Cecilia Chorus of New York presents
Brahms's Alto Rhapsody
Elgar's The Music Makers
Fifty Trillion Molecular Geniuses by The Brothers Balliett
Music Director, Mark Shapiro
Friday, May 3, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, 57th Street & 7th Avenue
A triptych of choral-orchestral works featuring the solo mezzo-soprano voice. Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody and Elgar’s buoyantly optimistic The Music Makers frame a newly commissioned work from The Brothers Balliett. With soloists, chorus and orchestra.
Shapiro said, “Presenting three electrifying mezzo-soprano soloists in a single program makes me deeply happy. Although all vocal categories are irresistible, who among us has not secretly got a crush on the mezzo voice? And I love the idea of surrounding a commission from the slyly lyrical Brothers Balliett - and their absolutely sui generis contemporary imaginations - with the warm embrace of two luxurious works evoking the height of Romanticism.”
Soloists will be mezzo-sopranos Renée Tatum, Amanda Lynn Bottoms, and Naomi Louisa O’Connell. Ms. Tatum, who is appearing with CCNY courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera, sang mezzo solo with the chorus’s Bach Christmas Oratorio of December 2017 and Ms. Bottoms sang Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the chorus in May 2016 (her Carnegie Hall debut).
This concert honors the life and legacy of mezzo-soprano Alice Mandelick Flagler (1872-1918), a founding member, officer and benefactor of The Cecilia Chorus of New York.