We had an incredible time performing in Avery Fisher Hall! Pictures to come!!
Members of Jenni's choir The Concert Singers will be performing in New York City's Avery Fisher hall on September 11th. This concert, sponsored by Distinguished Concerts International New York City (DCINY), will honor the vicitms of 9/11 on the 10th anniversary of this tragic event. The Concert Singers and Jenni will join other choirs from around the country on the stage in Lincoln Center to perform the choral/orchestral work Memorial by composer and conductor Rene Clausen. He will lead the singers in his work. We are very proud and excited to be a part of this concert in honoring the victims of senseless violence. Please read below for the press release about this event.
For Immediate Release
The Concert Singers Invited to Perform in New York City’s Avery Fisher Hall
Outstanding music program receives special invitation Distinguished Concerts International New York City (DCINY) announced today that Jenni Brandon and The Concert Singers have been invited to participate in a performance of Clausen’s Memorial on the DCINY Concert Series in New York City. This performance honoring the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall is on Sunday, September 11,2011. These outstanding musicians will join with other choristers to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of distinction. Conductor/composer René Clausen will lead the performance of his music and will serve as the clinician for the residency. Why the invitation was extended Dr. Jonathan Griffith, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for DCINY states: “The Concert Singers received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers. It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York. These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community. This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community’s recognition and support.” The singers will spend 5 days and 4 nights in New York City in preparation for their concert. “The singers will spend approximately 9‐10 hours in rehearsals over the 5 day residency.” says Griffith. “Not all of the time is spent in rehearsals, since there is so much history and culture to see in New York City. However, the performance is the primary purpose for their visit to the city.” Members of the community are encouraged to give financial support in sending these singers to New York by contacting Ms. Brandon at www.theconcertsingers.com.
Guest Conductor René Clausen René Clausen is associate professor of music at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. and has served as conductor of The Concordia Choir since 1986. Additionally, he is the artistic director of the award‐winning Concordia Christmas Concerts, which are frequently featured by PBS stations throughout the nation. Clausen is a renowned composer and arranger, having written dozens of commissioned compositions including MEMORIAL and Crying for a Dream for the American Choral Directors Association. He is also a frequent guest conductor, composer‐in‐residence, clinician and lecturer. Clausen has conducted such works as Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Brahms' Requiem, Britten's War Requiem and several of his own works including Gloria ‐‐ in three movements ‐‐ performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, where he also recently conducted Handel's Messiah. Clausen graduated from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, and received a Master of Music Performance and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana. In 1996, Clausen was named the Paul J. and Eleanor Christiansen Chair in Choral Music at Concordia. In 1998, he created the René Clausen Choral School, an intensive five‐day program for choral conductors, and is the founder of the René Clausen Music Company.
Memorial Memorial is a stunning 30‐minute piece that was commissioned by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in 2002. It debuted in February 2003 at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum (Moorhead, MN), and captures the emotional and spiritual elements of the September 11th tragedy. Although composed to reflect this horrific event, the work is likewise dedicated to all victims of senseless violence. DCINY Productions Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) is a production company based in New York City. Our concert series includes choral and instrumental concerts in world‐class venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall and Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Founded by Iris Derke (General Director) and Jonathan Griffith (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor) DCINY is driven by passion, innovative vision, a total belief in its artists, and unwavering commitment to bringing forth unforgettable audience experiences. Following our motto “The Art of Performance – The Power of Education”, we focus on the educational process while upholding a high performance standard and provide ensembles and conductors of distinction educational and performance opportunities including select solo performances, rehearsal audit, conductor mentoring and debut performances.
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