The New York Choral Society is pleased to announce Love in Action, a concert of choral music that brings together the work of eight contemporary American composers who explore universal themes of reflection, action and love that call us together in a renewed commitment to community and hopefulness. Love in Action premieres Saturday February 19, 2022 at 7:30 pm at The Society for Ethical Culture.
Conductor David Hayes leads the 120-voice New York Choral Society, the NYCHORAL Orchestra and four soloists. The chorus, coming together for its first in-person performance in two years, will be joined on stage by a number of New York’s first responders and essential workers (who include members of the chorus) to offer their thoughts and wishes for a more hopeful, loving and inclusive future in a concert program that celebrates love in action.
The concert program features performances of poignant choral works created by American composers within the past 25 years including Amazing Grace by Jennifer Higdon, The Hope of Loving by Jake Runestad, Bar xizam (Upward, I Rise) by Abbie Betinis, Sure on This Shining Night by Morten Lauridsen, My Heart Be Brave by Marques L. A. Garrett, I Dream A World by Rosephanye Powell, Healing Heart by Jacob Narverud , and There Will Be Rest by Frank Ticheli.
Featuring Soprano Chantal Freeman, Mezzo soprano Megan Moore, Tenor Bernard Holcomb, and Baritone Markel Reed.
And featuring Catalyst Quartet. This Grammy Award-winning Catalyst Quartet was founded by the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Organization in 2010. The ensemble (Karla Donehew Perez, violin; Abi Fayette, violin; Paul Laraia, viola; and Karlos Rodriguez, cello) believes in the unity that can be achieved through music and imagine their programs and projects with this in mind, redefining and reimagining the classical music experience.
“The power of love in action was everywhere” says Music Director David Hayes. “We saw so much kindness, learned more about community and witnessed the depth of perseverance, strength, patience, and love. Even when joy seemed far away, it was always just around the corner. Throughout this period of sacrifice and loss we continued to be hopeful and loving. All of us were called to action – as first responders, giving voice to social injustices, caring for friends and neighbors. And in doing so, we saw the power and grace of love in action. As Dr. Martin Luther King noted ‘Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.’”