The Collegiate Chorale, led by Maestro James Bagwell in his inaugural concert as The Chorale's newly appointed Music Director, presents A Jubilant Song, a celebration of the organization's remarkable history of exceptional conductors, noteworthy commissions and premieres, and multi-faceted choral programming.
As the new Music Director, Mr. Bagwell will give tribute to his predecessors and usher in a new era of The Collegiate Chorale. Tony® Award winner Roger Rees will host the evening. A Jubilant Song will feature Salvatore Licitra, tenor (who debuted at Carnegie Hall with The Collegiate Chorale in 2003 in Verdi's "La forza del destino"); Daniel Mobbs, bass-baritone; Emily Pulley, soprano; Anita Johnson, soprano; Robert Mack, tenor; Erin Morley, soprano; Vale Rideout, tenor, Krysty Swann, mezzo-soprano, Jenny Lin, piano; Kalif Omari Jones, boy soprano; and the American Symphony Orchestra. A benefit dinner with Mr. Bagwell and the artists at Carnegie Hall's Rohatyn Room will follow the concert.
The evening's program follows:
Beethoven, "Choral Fantasy"; Gabrieli, "In Ecclesiis"; Kopylov, "Heavenly Light" (part of the first public program presented by The Collegiate Chorale on March 8, 1942); Dello Joio, "A Jubilant Song"; Shaw/Parker, "Set Down Servant"; Meyerbeer, "O Beau Pays", from "Les Huguenots"; selected arias from Verdi's "Un ballo in maschera"; and "La forza del destino"; excerpts from Bernstein and Lerner's "A White House Cantata" (which received its New York Premiere in March 2008 by The Collegiate Chorale); and the Libiamo Chorus from "La Traviata".
The mission of The Collegiate Chorale is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble. Inherent in its mission is The Chorale's belief that choral music is a compelling collaboration that creates a powerful, shared experience unifying listeners and musicians of all backgrounds, beliefs and ages.