The Concert Chorale of New York is a group of professional singers that has appeared at the Caramoor Festival in concert versions of Handel’s L’Allegro and Theodora, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Other credits include the Brooklyn Academy of Music productions of Philip Glass’s Civil Wars, John Adams’s Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Handel’s L’Allegro with the Mark Morris Dance Company. The chorale performed in Gilbert & Sullivan productions at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase; a Haydn, Bach, and Beethoven series; and Live From Lincoln Center’s Emmy-nominated A Salute to the American Musical. The chorale has also appeared with American Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, and Judy Collins. It participated in the New York Premiere of Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum, and a concert version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel with Leonard Slatkin at Carnegie Hall.
The ensemble makes regular appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival, having performed Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Ninth Symphony (the latter with Gianandrea Noseda as well as previously with Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra), Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C minor, and Haydn’s Creation with Louis Langrée. As part of the Lincoln Center Festival it appeared in Julie Taymor’s production of Eliot Goldenthal’s Grendl, Richard Strauss’s Daphne, and Danny Elfman’s Music from the Movies of Tim Burton, also televised on Live From Lincoln Center.
Upcoming performances include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 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).
James Bagwell maintains an active international schedule as a conductor of choral, operatic, and orchestral music. In 2015 he was named associate conductor of The Orchestra Now while continuing his role as principal guest conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. From 2009 to 2015 he was music director of The Collegiate Chorale; highlights of his tenure with the ensemble include conducting rarely performed operas-in-concert, including Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda, Rossini’s Moise et Pharaon, and Boito’s Mefistofele. He also conducted the New York Premieres of Philip Glass’s Toltec Symphony and Osvaldo Golijov’s Oceana, both at Carnegie Hall. He has trained choruses for the Boston Symphony, Mostly Mozart, Israel Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, St. Petersburg Symphony, Budapest Festival, American Symphony, and Cincinnati Symphony orchestras. He has prepared choruses with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Louis Langrée, and Robert Shaw. He is professor of music and director of performance studies at Bard College and Bard College Conservatory of Music.