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LIU Post Chorus to Return to Carnegie Hall April 14, 2013


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University

Brookville, N.Y. – Continuing a pattern established four years ago of performing once each season in either Lincoln Center or Carnegie Hall, the LIU Post Chorus will return next spring to Carnegie Hall for a second engagement with the Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra of New York. LIU Post faculty member Mark Shapiro, assistant professor of music, will conduct.

The performance will take place Sunday, April 14, 2013, Dr. Shapiro announced.

The concert, called "Sisters in Arms," will feature the New York premiere of the towering 1893 “Mass in D” by the English composer Ethel Smyth.

“Dame Ethel was a remarkable figure: a talented composer, determined suffragette, and engaging author – she published nine volumes of memoirs – who led an uncommonly interesting life that included friendships with Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and Virginia Woolf," Shapiro said.

“Mass in D” is one of Smyth’s masterpieces, but surprisingly, it has never been performed in New York. Shapiro is one of two American conductors who have performed it elsewhere.

“A New York City premiere is long overdue, and will really be a historic event. I'm delighted that our students will have the opportunity to be involved,” Shapiro said. “As they did last year, they will work with high caliber professional soloists as well as a fine orchestra.”

The program will open with a medley of scenes from Tchaikovsky's opera The Maid of Orleans, which is about Joan of Arc.


Posted 04/03/2013

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