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Queens College Choral Society and Orchestra to Present an Evening of Stirring French Masterworks on May 16

-- Guest Artists Include Metropolitan Opera “Powerhouse,” Baritone and Aaron Copland School of Music Faculty Member Sidney Outlaw --

FLUSHING, NY, May 12, 2015—Under the baton of Music Director James John, the Queens College Choral Society, Choir, Women’s Choir, and Orchestra—nearly 300 musicians—will join forces to perform Gabriel Fauré’s beloved Requiem and Francis Poulenc’s exuberant Gloria on Saturday, May 16, at 8 pm in Colden Auditorium. Fauré’s Requiem is a profound work of timeless beauty; Poulenc’s Gloria is playful, boisterous and yet serene. Paired together they make a delightful evening of musical depth and contrast. Hector Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, a virtuosic showpiece for the orchestra, will open the program.

Baritone Sidney Outlaw, guest artist and adjunct faculty member at the Aaron Copland School of Music, will be featured as the baritone soloist in the Fauré Requiem. Lauded by the New York Times as a “terrific singer” and the San Francisco Chronicle as “an opera powerhouse,” Mr. Outlaw recently appeared in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of The Death of Klinghoffer, and is a rising star in the opera world. Candace Matthews and Elizabeth Tasch, two young professionals who are currently in the vocal performance program at the Copland School, will perform as soprano soloists alongside Mr. Outlaw.

A faculty member of the Copland School for twelve 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. Dr. John is also 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 and Japan.

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 are available through the Kupferberg Center Box office at (718) 793-8080 or online at Group discounts for high school students and teachers are also available.


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