— 1001 Voices—Composed in 2012—Features Elements for Chorus, Orchestra, Ethnic Instruments, Actors, and Visual Projections in a Celebration of the Diversity of the Borough of Queens —
Queens, NY, December 5, 2017—The Queens College Choral Society will perform Mozart’s Requiem and 1001 Voices: A Symphony for a New America in concert on Saturday, December 16, at 8 pm in Colden Auditorium. Mozart’s Requiem is an extraordinary masterpiece, performed in times of sorrow, but also used to bring communities of people together for the greater good. 1001 Voices (composed in 2012) is a remarkably powerful piece for chorus, orchestra, ethnic instruments, actors, and visual projections. It celebrates the mix of languages and cultures found in Queens, one of the most diverse places on earth, and examines our changing ideas of migration and home. It is especially meaningful in today’s political climate, presenting a vision of inclusion and understanding for peoples of all backgrounds and cultural heritages, as well as a renewal of hope for a world in which kindness and compassion bring people together.
Frank London, known for his work with the Klezmatics, wrote the music for 1001 Voices, which combines a mix of musical languages and sound-worlds, not only orchestra and chorus, but tabla and Chinese fiddle (erhu). Deep Singh, tabla soloist, is a renowned percussionist and Indian Classical musician, born in London and currently living in New York City; Feifei Yang, erhu soloist, is an award-winning musician and singer with a passion for building bridges between China and diverse cultures and art forms.
Judith Sloan, co-author along with Warren Lehrer of the award-winning book Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America, is the librettist and a featured actor in the piece. Warren Lehrer, author and artist/designer known mostly for his highly visual books and multimedia projects, created the animated visual projections. Like Queens itself, the libretto is written and performed in multiple languages.
James John, Professor of Conducting at the Aaron Copland School of Music, and Music Director of the Queens College Choral Society, will conduct the combined forces of over 200 chorus and professional orchestra members. Vocal soloists include students and alumni from the Aaron Copland School of Music, and young professionals from the New York City area: Katherine Doe and Elizabeth Muñoz (sopranos); Katherine Doe and Linda Collazo (mezzo-sopranos); Deepak Marwah (tenor); and DeAndre Simmons (bass).
The Queens College Choral Society is “a singing organization of and for the public, and the students and staff of Queens College.” QCCS is unique in its diversity of singers; from high school musicians, through the high school outreach program, to singers who have performed with the society for over 40 years, QCCS is a treasure in the borough. The Society typically performs two concerts per year with orchestra (in December and May) devoted to the great masterpieces of choral literature such as Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Britten’s War Requiem. The QCCS has also performed multiple premieres of new works, including pieces composed by Queens College Music School faculty.
Tickets are $20 and are available through the Kupferberg Center Box office at (718) 793-8080 or online at www.kupferbergcenter.org. Group discounts for high school students and teachers are also available. To take advantage of this offer, contact Emily John, QCCS Administrative Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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