Announcing our 2019–2020 Season

Fall Concert with Orchestra
Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70

Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00 PM
St. George’s Church, 7 Rutherford Place

Mendelssohn's choral masterpiece for choir, orchestra, and soloists tells the biblical story of the prophet Elijah in dramatic form. A favorite for choristers, it contains some of Mendelssohn's best choral music. This is the sort of piece that is ideal for St. George's Choral Society, particularly since a large chorus is needed to match Mendelssohn's brilliant orchestrations. Combined with beautiful, exciting, and dramatic solos and solo ensemble movements, this will be of great interest to a vast audience.

Spring Concert with Piano
Schumann: Der Rose Pilgerfahrt (The Pilgrimage of the Rose)

Saturday, May 2 at 7:00 PM
St. George’s Church, 7 Rutherford Place

Schumann wrote this piece for piano, soloists, and mixed chorus, using a text by Moritz Horn (based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen). Schumann wrote relatively few choral works, and this one is preformed rarely. Often compared to his more popular "Das Paradies und die Peri," "Der Rose" is essentially a Liederabend (evening of song). Sung in German, the language will place demands on the chorus to articulate and communicate the poems successfully, with graceful, musical ensemble singing. It is a unique opportunity for NYC choral singers to sing an unusual masterpiece.

Summer Choral Festival
Debussy: Salut printemps; Invocation
Dvořák: Songs of Nature
Chavez: El sol

Saturday, June 13 at 7:00 PM
St. George’s Church, 7 Rutherford Place

This varied and colorful program will be of interest to audience and singers alike. The two Debussy songs were written early in his career. Both sung in French, "Salut printemps" is for women's voices and "Invocation" is for men's voices. They are both accompanied by piano. The Dvořák "Songs of Nature" are for unaccompanied choir. Sung in English, these are delightful works, contrasting in mood. The Chavez "El Sol" is a dramatic, fiery work, sung in Spanish. It is full of energy, an exciting piece to sing and hear.