The New York Virtuoso Singers

Extended Play: Marathon Concert - Program 1

Miller Theatre at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway at 116th Street, NYC

Sunday, October 16 at 12:00pm

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Founded in 1988 by conductor Harold Rosenbaum, The New York Virtuoso Singers has become this country's leading exponent of contemporary choral music. Although the chorus performs music of all periods, its emphasis is on commissioning, performing and recording the music of American composers.

From its early days in 1988, as an offshoot of a chorus-in-residence created expressly for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, until the present day, with self-produced concerts, recordings, commissions and tours, NYVS has carved a unique niche for itself in the musical world. NYVS is a twelve to sixteen-member professional choral ensemble (sometimes expanded to 24 or more) dedicated to presenting both seldom-heard works by past and contemporary masters, as well as premieres by today's composers. Harold Rosenbaum has placed a special emphasis on supporting American composers. NYVS has been featured many times on radio and TV. In August 1993, the group appeared as the first-ever guest chorus at Tanglewood Music Center's annual Festival of Contemporary Music (returning in 2003), and in January 1995, NYVS made its second appearance at the Juilliard School.

NYVS has won the prestigious ASCAP-Chorus America "Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music" three times, and has been given Chorus America's "American Choral Works Performance Award." It appears on 15 commercial CDs: SONY Classical, Albany, CRI, Bridge, Koch International, Capstone, and DRG. NYVS's performance of Andrew Imbrie's Requiem, performed by The Riverside Symphony under George Rothman, received a Grammy nomination in 2000 and was voted by Fanfare as Critic's Choice, Best of Year. Recordings of The Music of Yehudi Wyner (Bridge Records) and The Music of Louis Pelosi (KASP) will be released this fall.

With grants from The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, The Koussevitzky Foundation of the Library of Congress and other sources, The New York Virtuoso Singers has commissioned over 20 works by composers including Michael Gordon, David Felder, David Winkler, George Tsontakis, and Tristan Keuris. The New York Virtuoso Singers has premiered approximately 250 works by composers such as Luciano Berio, John Harbison, Hans Werner Henze, Louis Andriessen, John Corigliano, Mark Adamo, Shulamit Ran, George Perle, Harrison Birtwistle, Ernst Krenek, Thea Musgrave, Jonathan Harvey, Arvo Paert and Andrew Imbrie.

The New York Virtuoso Singers has collaborated with The Brooklyn Philharmonic, The American Composers Orchestra, The Juilliard Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. Luke's, The American Symphony, The Bard Festival Orchestra, The Mark Morris Dance Group, Bang on a Can, The Glynbourne Opera Company, Parnassus, and The Riverside Symphony.

This past Fall NYVS gave a live performance on WNYC radio in the inaugural webcast on, its new stream devoted to contemporary music. Next Fall it performs in a concert at the Juilliard School featuring the music of William Schuman, president of that prestigious conservatory from 1945 to 1962.

The New York Virtuoso Singers appear on four recently released and upcoming CD releases on Bridge Records, Albany Records, Naxos, and Kasp, featuring the music of John Corigliano, Mark Adamo, Louis Pelosi, and Yehudi Wyner.

The New York Virtuoso Singers is Chorus-in-Residence at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church in New York City.