Posted on 21 April 2014
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NPR Music and MMNY are calling all singers, amateur or professional, to come to Times Square and join the world premiere of a new choral arrangement from composer Philip Glass, conducted by Kent Tritle, with soprano soloist Rachel Rosales and accompanist Raymond Nagem.
Glass’s short piece is called The New Rule and features text by the medieval Sufi poet Rumi. It was commissioned by NPR Music in honor of Philip Glass’s 75th birthday this year. The SATB choral arrangement is adapted from material from the composer’s 1997 “digital opera” Monsters of Grace.
Singers (amateur or professional) who would like to take part in the premiere of The New Rule can download the score at http://n.pr/Kksuum. Participants should arrive by 6:30PM, warmed up and ready to sing. The hour-long program will also include choral selections by Bruckner, Mozart, Handel, and Bach – download them below.
This concert is presented in association with the Times Square Alliance’s annual “Solstice in Times Square” celebration. Make Music New York wishes to thank Guitar Center for their production support.
Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times, simultaneously winning a broad audience in the opera house, the concert hall, the dance world, in film and in popular music. Beginning in the 1960s and 1970s, Glass evolved a new music style dubbed “minimalism,” with extended reiteration of brief, elegant melodic fragments that wove in and out of an aural tapestry. In the past 25 years, Glass has composed more than twenty operas, nine symphonies, and numerous soundtracks, while performing regularly with the Philip Glass Ensemble.
Kent Tritle is one of America’s leading choral conductors. Called “the brightest star in New York’s choral music world” by The New York Times, he is Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. The 2011-2012 season marks his seventh season as Music Director of the Oratorio Society of New York, the acclaimed 200-voice volunteer chorus; and fifth season as Music Director of Musica Sacra, the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York City. Tritle hosts the weekly radio show “The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle,” an hour-long radio program on New York’s Classical 105.9 WQXR and wqxr.org devoted to the vibrant genre of choral music and the breadth of activity in the choral community. An acclaimed organ virtuoso, he is also the organist of the New York Philharmonic.
Blessed with a sumptuous voice of magnificent proportions, soprano Rachel Rosales is capable of delivering the fiery intensity of Verdi, or spinning out the delicate filigree of Handel. Miss Rosales performs in major NYC concert venues from Lincoln Center to Carnegie Hall, including NYC Opera, NY Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Musica Sacra, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Oratorio Society of NY, American Virtuosi/Baroque Opera Theatre, and the New York Collegium. She was a National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, taking First Place in competitions sponsored by the S.F. Opera Center, MTNA and NATS. In 1989 she was honored with the first “Young Alumni Achievement Award” by ASU. Currently, Miss Rosales is Professor of Music-Voice at Bennington and Vassar Colleges, and maintains a private studio in NYC.