DCINY PRESENTS ‘THE GLORY OF FREEDOM’ AT CARNEGIE HALL ON FEBRUARY 19 IN CELEBRATION OF PRESIDENT’S DAY WEEKEND INCLUDING RANDALL THOMPSON’S THE TESTAMENT OF FREEDOM
Featured performers include the West Point Alumni Glee Club, an ensemble consisting of retired West Point graduates
Dr. James Mick will lead the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra with works by Wagner, Mahler, Marquez and others
Conductor Erin Freeman will give her DCINY debut performance conducting Poulenc’s Gloria with Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
For immediate release – New York, NY – On February 19, 2017 at 1PM, Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) will present ‘The Glory of Freedom’ at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage coinciding with President’s Day Weekend. Guest Conductor Lee Nelson will conduct Randall Thompson’s The Testament of Freedom in honor of President’s Day. Featured performers include the West Point Alumni Glee Club, an ensemble consisting of retired West Point graduates.
The Testament of Freedom was written to celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Thomas Jefferson and to acknowledge his role in founding the University of Virginia. Since then, the work’s dramatically soaring, hymn-like melodies and compelling harmonic structure set atop the Founding Father’s stirring prose has made it a staple of the male chorus repertoire. Its premiere was 71 years ago at Carnegie Hall, on April 14, 1945 as part of a concert in memory of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had died two days earlier, making it all the more appropriate to have the work performed on President’s Day Weekend so many decades later.
Dr. James Mick, director of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, will lead a program including works by Wagner, Mahler, Marquez and others. Additionally, Erin Freeman makes her DCINY conductor debut as she leads the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International in a performance of Poulenc’s Gloria.
RANDALL THOMPSON The Testament of Freedom
Works by WAGNER, MAHLER, MARQUEZ and others
Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
Dr. James Mick, Director
Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Dr. Lee Nelson, DCINY Guest Conductor
Dr. Erin Freeman, DCINY Guest Conductor
Tickets Start at $20
Box Office: 57th Street and Seventh Avenue
More information about the concert: http://www.dciny.org/concerts/256118-2/
The Avon Old Farms School Riddlers, Avon, CT
The Big Canoe Chapel Men’s Chorus, Big Canoe, GA
Cold Spring Area Maennerchor, Cold Spring, MI
Hampden-Sydney Men’s Chorus, Hampden-Sydney, VA
Jamestown Choralaires, Jamestown, ND
MFL MarMac Men’s Quartet, Monona, IA
Metropolitan Men’s Choir, Minneapolis, MN
Staples Area Men’s Chorus,
Wartburg College Ritterchor, Waverly, IA
West Point Alumni Glee Club, Chantilly, VA
Citrus Community Concert Choir, Homosassa Springs, FL
Island Chamber Singers, Fernandina Beach, FL
Richmond Symphony Chorus,
About Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY)
Founded in 2007 by Iris Derke and Jonathan Griffith, with its first public concert presented on January of 2008, DCINY is a leading producer of dynamically-charged musical entertainment in renowned venues. With its unforgettable, world-class concert experiences, empowering educational programs, and global community of artists and audiences, DCINY changes lives through the power of performance. Commemorating their 10th Anniversary season in 2018, DCINY is proud to have presented life-changing performances for over 40,000 performers and 170,000 audience members since its inception.
In addition to being selected three times to the Inc. 5000 listing, DCINY also recently received national recognition with the 2014 and 2015 American Prize in conducting – professional orchestra division to DCINY Artistic Director Jonathan Griffith and the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra, and the 2015 American Prize in Arts Marketing to DCINY General Director Iris Derke and the DCINY Team.
As of 2016, over 35,000 performers representing 41 countries and all 50 US states have participated in a DCINY production. DCINY has catered to over 170,000 audience members since the inception of the company and has produced 17 world premieres and over 190 concerts (as of 12/31/2016).