New York Virtuoso Singers presents: American Invention

  • Christ & St. Stephen's Church, 120 W. 69th Street, New York, NY
  • February 19, 2023
    3:00 pm

The New York Virtuoso Singers conducted by Harold Rosenbaum present “American Invention” on Sunday, February 19, 2023 featuring vibrant American choral music from the 18th century to today.

Taking place at 3:00 pm at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church in NYC, the concert will comprise a wide range of American works including world premieres by Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Davis (“Great Lights”); Elena Ruehr (“In Time of Silver Rain”); Peter Zummo (“Blue Headlights”); and William McClelland (“Hail Lovely and Pure”). There will be New York premieres by Pulitzer Prize winner Tania León (“Rezos [Prayers]”) and David Patterson (“The Opossum”), plus music by other outstanding living American composers including Annea Lockwood, Jessie Montgomery, Mari Esabel Valverde, Elena Ruehr, Nancy Wertsch, and Edie Hill, as well as 18th, 19th and 20th century choral works by William Billings, Lowell Mason, Charles Ives, Henry Cowell and Milton Babbitt.

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.