MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC ORCHESTRAS AND CHORUSES
ANNOUNCES 2016–17 PERFORMANCE SEASON


· Collaborations with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

· Performances at Manhattan School of Music, Lincoln Center, and Brooklyn’s National Sawdust


NEW YORK – (August 25, 2016). The renowned music conservatory Manhattan School of Music (MSM) is expanding its critically-acclaimed collaborations with respected cultural institutions in New York City and beyond in its 2016-17 orchestras and choruses season.

Highlights include the MSM Symphonic Chorus and Chamber Choir performing with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall in November; MSM vocal soloists and the MSM Chamber Orchestra on stage at Brooklyn’s hot new performance space, National Sawdust; and a special Orchestra Conductor’s project at MSM with conductor Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony. MSM is also continuing its highly-successful collaboration with the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the New York Oratorio Society.

Many of these performances will feature works by both classical masters and contemporary composers, and will take place in MSM’s principal performance space, the newly named Neidorff-Karpati Auditorium (formerly John C. Borden Auditorium).

“We’re very pleased to be expanding our collaborations with some of this city’s and the world’s greatest cultural institutions and music venues, as well as showcasing our talented student musicians and special guest artists here at home,” says James Gandre, President of Manhattan School of Music.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2016-2017 SEASON

In October, the First Annual Manhattan School of Music/Detroit Symphony Orchestra Conductors’ Project takes place at MSM, with MSM’s Distinguished Visiting Artist in Conducting and Orchestral Studies Leonard Slatkin at the helm. Also in October, MSM alumni vocal soloists and the MSM Chamber Orchestra are showcased at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust in a contemporary operatic performance of House Taken Over (2013) by Vasco Mendoça.

In November, the MSM Symphonic Chorus and Chamber Choir perform Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé with the New York Philharmonic under conductor Vladimir Jurowski at David Geffen Hall.

Two requiems will be featured in late winter 2017 as part of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine’s Great Music in a Great Space series. In February, the MSM Chamber Choir and Orchestra will perform Duruflé’s Requiem with the Cathedral Chorale, and in early April the MSM Symphony, Symphonic Chorus, and Chamber Choir will partner with the New York Oratorio Society on Britten’s War Requiem. Both performances will take place in the Cathedral and be conducted Kent Tritle, MSM’s Director of Choral Activities and Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.Also in February, the MSM Chamber Sinfonia will perform at Neidorff-Karpati Hall under the direction of conducting great Jane Glover.

MSM ensembles present free performances all season in MSM’s Neidorff-Karpati Hall, featuring works by Rossini, Schubert, Beethoven, Mozart, and more. This season, MSM’s Master Class Artists include pianists Anne-Marie McDermott and Anton Nel; violinists Vera Tsu and Glenn Dicterow; trumpeters and Met Opera Orchestra mainstays David Krauss and Billy Ray Hunter; singers Thomas Hampson, Stephanie Blythe, and Anthony Dean Griffey; and many others. Also throughout the year, the American String Quartet and Windscape, MSM’s two resident ensembles, will present innovative chamber music programs.

2016–17 Calendar of Orchestra & Choral Highlights

HOUSE TAKEN OVER by Vasco Mendonça

Friday–Sunday, October 7–9, 8 PM, National Sawdust, Brooklyn

Etienne Siebens, Conductor
MSM CHAMBER ORCHESTRA with MSM Alumni Soloists

American premiere of Vasco Mendonça’s The House Taken Over, a co-production with the Manhattan School of Music and Festival d’Aix en Provence.

FIRST ANNUAL MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC
/ DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONDUCTORS’ PROJECT
Monday–Friday, October 24–28, various times, Neidorff-Karpati Hall, MSM


OPEN REHEARSALS:
MON | OCT 24
9:30 AM–12:30 PM

TUES | OCT 25
7–9:30 PM

WED | OCT 26
9:30 AM–12:30 PM

THURS | OCT 27
7–9:30 PM

FRI | OCT 28
9:30 AM–12:30 PM

Final Performance
Friday, October 28, 7:30 PM, Neidorff-Karpati Hall

MSM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Leonard Slatkin, Conductor
Kyle Ritenauer and Earl Lee, Conducting Fellows

BRAHMS, Tragic Overture, Op. 81
COPLAND Suite from Appalachian Spring
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 11, in G Minor, Op. 103 (“The Year 1905”)

MSM SYMPHONIC CHORUS AND CHAMBER CHOIR WITH THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC: RAVEL’S Daphnis et Chloé
Wednesday–Saturday, November 9–12, various times, David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center

Vladimir Jurowski, Conductor

WED & THURS | NOV 9 & 10
7:30 PM

FRI & SAT | NOV 11 & 12
8 PM

MSM CHAMBER CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA WITH THE CATHEDRAL CHORALE: DURUFLÉ Requiem, Op. 9
Tuesday, February 21, 7:30 PM, Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Kent Tritle, Conductor
Kristen Sollek, mezzo-soprano
Arthur Fiacco, cello
Raymond Nagem, organ

MSM CHAMBER SINFONIA
Wednesday, February 22, 7:30 PM, Neidorff-Karpati Hall, MSM

Jane Glover, Conductor
Chung Yoo, clarinet

C. P. E. BACH Symphony No. 2 in E-flat Major (Wq. 183/2)
MOZART Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944 (“Great”)

MSM SYMPHONY, SYMPHONIC CHORUS, AND CHAMBER CHOIR WITH THE ORATORIO SOCIETY OF NEW YORK AND CATHEDRAL CHORISTERS:
BRITTEN WAR REQUIEM, OP. 66

Thursday–Friday, April 6–7, 7:30 PM, Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Kent Tritle, Conductor
Susanna Phillips, soprano
John Matthew Myers, tenor
Matthew Worth, baritone

For more information please contact:

Caryn Toriaga | Manager of Public Relations
917.493.4429 / ctoriaga@msmnyc.edu

About MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC


Founded as a settlement music school by Janet Daniels Schenck in 1918, today Manhattan School of Music is recognized for its 950 superbly talented undergraduate and graduate students who come from more than 50 countries and nearly all 50 states; a world-renowned artist-teacher faculty; and innovative curricula. The School is dedicated to the personal, artistic, and intellectual development of aspiring musicians, from its Precollege students through those pursuing postgraduate studies.

Offering both classical and jazz training – and, beginning in fall 2016, a Bachelor's degree program in musical theater – MSM grants Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, as well as the Professional Studies Certificate and Artist Diploma. Additionally, true to MSM's origins as a music school for children, the Precollege program continues to offer superior music instruction to young musicians between the ages of five and 18. The School also serves some 2,000 New York City schoolchildren through its Arts-in-Education Program, and another 2,000 students through its critically acclaimed Distance Learning Program.