The Concert Chorale of New York is a group of professional singers that has appeared at the Caramoor Festival in concert versions of operas by Handel, Britten, and Rossini, as well as repertoire ranging from Philip Glass and John Adams to Purcell and Handel at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The chorale performed Gilbert & Sullivan at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase as well as Live From Lincoln Center’s Emmy-nominated A Salute to the American Musical. The chorale has appeared with American Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, and Judy Collins, and participated in the New York Premiere of Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel in concert at Carnegie Hall. The ensemble appears regularly at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival — including in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem and C-minor Mass, and Haydn’s Creation — and its Lincoln Center Festival appearances have included Julie Taymor’s production of Eliot Goldenthal’s Grendl, Richard Strauss’s Daphne, and Danny Elfman’s Music from the Movies of Tim Burton (the last also televised on Live From Lincoln Center). Last season, CCNY performed all of Bernstein’s choral works, including Chichester Psalms, paired with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Bernstein’s MASS and Mozart’s Requiem, at the Mostly Mozart Festival. The ensemble’s discography includes Lederer & Davis’s Kismet and Wasserman’s Man of La Mancha with Paul Gemignani (CBS Records), Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs (Nonesuch), and recordings with the American Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra of New York. The men of the chorale were featured on a Pet Shop Boys recording (EMI). The chorale’s 2019–20 season performances with Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic include Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Great; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection; and John Adams’s Harmonium.
Donald Nally conducts The Crossing, the internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award–winning professional choir that commissions, premieres, and records only new music. He holds the John W. Beattie Chair of Music at Northwestern University, where he is professor and director of choral organizations. Mr. Nally has served as chorus master at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Welsh National Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and, for many seasons, the Spoleto Festival in Italy. With The Crossing, Mr. Nally has commissioned almost 80 works and produced 15 recordings, receiving three Grammy nominations. He was the American Composers Forum 2017 Champion of New Music and received the 2017 Michael Korn Founders Award from Chorus America. He is the only conductor to have two ensembles receive the Margaret Hillis Award for Excellence in Choral Music. This season, Mr. Nally is visiting resident artist at Park Avenue Armory, music director of David Lang’s 1000-voice Mile-Long Opera on the High Line in Manhattan, and directed the choruses for the New York Philharmonic’s World Premiere performances of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth (January 2019) and David Lang’s prisoner of the state (June 2019).