American Invention with the New York Virtuoso Singers, February 19, 2023



The New York Virtuoso Singers conducted by Harold Rosenbaum will present "American Invention" on Sunday, February 19, 2023, featuring vibrant American choral music from the 18th century to today. Taking place at 3pm at Christ & St. Stephen's Church, the concert will comprise a wide range of American works including world premieres by Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Davis, Peter Zummo, Elena Ruehr, and William McClelland; New York premieres by Pulitzer Prize winner Tania León and David Patterson; music by other outstanding American composers, including Florence Price, Annea Lockwood, Jessie Montgomery, Mari Esabel Valverde, Nancy Wertsch, and Edie Hill, and 18th, 19th and 20th century choral works by William Billings, Lowell Mason, Charles Ives, Henry Cowell, and Milton Babbitt, as well as an arrangement by William Appling.

The program embraces the inventive and adventurous spirit that has been part of American music's DNA since William Billings, the country's first great native-born composer, published his first collection, "The New-England Psalm-Singer," in 1770. This spirit infused the pioneering work of Charles Ives, one of the towering figures of 20th century music, the innovations in electronic and serial music by Milton Babbitt, and the musical explorations by many of the contemporary composers on this program. At the same time, the works do not sacrifice feeling and beauty for mere originality, and there are many moving, joyful and uplifting compositions that will be performed.

Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 3pm

Christ & St. Stephen's Church

120 W. 69th Street, New York City

Tickets: $20 / Students $10

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