FLUSHING, NY, May 8, 2012—Under the baton of Music Director James John, the Queens College Choral Society and Choir will form a chorus of 200 voices to perform Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, a beloved masterwork of great musical and emotional depth, in its annual spring concert Saturday, May 19, at 8 pm in Colden Auditorium. Written with all humanity in mind, Brahms’s Requiem is truly a sublime work, transcending cultural boundaries through music that is majestic, uplifting and deeply moving. Nora Mooney, a current voice major at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College will sing the soprano solo, joined by Jhasoa Agosto, Baritone.
A faculty member of the Aaron Copland School of Music for nine years, James John conducts the QC Choir, Vocal Ensemble and Choral Society, teaches choral conducting, and serves as advisor to the graduate program in vocal performance. In June 2010, Dr. John was named Artistic Director of the Manhattan-based vocal ensemble Cerddorion, a chamber choir dedicated to adventurous programs that span the breadth of the choral repertory. He has given presentations at both divisional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, and is in demand as a guest conductor throughout the United States.
Founded in 1941, the Queens College Choral Society (QCCS) is "a singing organization of and for the public, students and staff of Queens College." The Society typically performs two concerts per year with orchestra—in December and May—devoted to the great masterpieces of choral literature such as Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Bach’s Magnificat, and Handel’s Messiah. The QCCS has also performed multiple premieres of new works, including the recent premiere of 1001 Voices: A Symphony for Queens, commissioned by the Queens Symphony Orchestra. The group is open to singers of all backgrounds and skill levels, from high school students to adult community members.
Tickets are $20 and $18, and are available through the Kupferberg Center Box Office at (718) 793-8080 or online at http://kupferbergcenter.org/qcchoralspring.htm. Group discounts for high school students and teachers are also available. To take advantage of this offer, visit http://www.qcchoralsociety.org/join.htm. For directions to Queens College, visit http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions/Pages/default.aspx . For a campus map, go to http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions/2d/Pages/default.aspx .