Sign In

Login to ...

A-Z Index
Home > Office of Communications > News Services > News Releases
News Releases

200 Singers to Perform in Dec. 13 Winter Concert
Untitled Document


Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
(718) 997-5597

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5593


-- Beethoven’s Monumental Symphony No. 9 and Bach’s Cantata 122,
A Newborn Child, Celebrate Enduring Themes of Peace,
Harmony and Unity --

FLUSHING, NY, November 25, 2008—The Queens College Choral Society and Orchestra will join with all of the choral ensembles in the Aaron Copland School of Music—forming a chorus of over 200 singers—to perform the college’s 68th annual winter concert on Saturday, December 13 at 8 pm in Colden Center Auditorium. They will be led by Guest Conductor Maurice Peress. The Aaron Copland School of Music is part of the college’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts.

The program features two great works that celebrate joy: Bach’s Cantata No. 122, Ein neugeborene Kindelein (A Newborn Child) and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Op. 125. In Bach’s cantata, the Christ child is referred to as the joy of angels. Beethoven’s symphony celebrates the joy of fellowship—going beyond religion, race, and social status to true equality. The Ninth Symphony was the first large-scale symphonic work to include vocal soloists and chorus, and inspired generations of composers. The final movement is a setting of Friedrich Schiller’s famous “Ode to Joy” (An die Freude).

Guest Conductor Maurice Peress has had an illustrious international career. He was selected by Leonard Bernstein to serve as assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic in 1961 and went on to lead three American orchestras: Corpus Christi, Austin and the Kansas City Philharmonic. Maestro Peress joined the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music in 1989 and established a master of arts program for conductors. He has appeared with the Vienna State Opera and in London with Jessye Norman and the Barbican Center Orchestra in a tribute to Duke Ellington. Maestro Peress has performed in Rome, Melbourne, Shanghai, Korea and Hong Kong, has toured China four times and is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Shenzhen Symphony.

Soloists for the Bach cantata are Sharon Eisert, Soprano; Shannon Rolbiecki, Mezzo-Soprano; Chad Smyser, Tenor; and Brian Goff, Baritone. Performing the Beethoven work are Frédérique Vézina, Soprano; Ann McMahon Quintero, Mezzo-Soprano; Gilad Paz, Tenor; and Nathan Resika, Bass. The soloists are students from the Copland School and accomplished young professional singers from the New York area.

Tickets for the concert are $20 and $18, and are available through the Kupferberg Center Box office at (718) 793-8080 or online at For directions to Queens College, visit






 Office Information

Deputy Director of News Services
(Position vacant)

(718) 997- 5597

Maria Matteo
Assistant Director of News Services
Queens Hall, Room 270B
(718) 997-5593

Contact Us
Stay Social at QC YouTube Facebook Twitter Gray Bar Calendar MyQC QC Mobile CUNY first Blackboard QC Bookstore

Click each division to view a complete list of its departments

Adult Collegiate Education | English Language Institute | Professional & Continuing Studies
Summer Session | Weekend College | Winter Session

Resources for Combating Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault (Title IX)

Queens College is CUNY
DirectionsMap/Directions  |  Emergency Preparedness  |  Working at QC  |  Student Consumer Info  |  A-Z Index  | 
Queens College, CUNY | 65-30 Kissena Blvd. | Queens, NY 11367-1597 | Phone: (718) 997-5000 Copyright © 2004-