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Biography

The New York Philharmonic has established the New York Philharmonic Chorus to mark the opening of the new David Geffen Hall in the 2022–23 season. The ensemble — comprising New York–based, freelance professional vocalists — appears in four of the Orchestra’s programs over the season, each time prepared by Malcom J. Merriweather. The New York Philharmonic Chorus makes its debut in October on the two David Geffen Hall Opening Galas: The Journey, a star-studded evening, and The Joy, performing in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the World Premiere of Angélica Negrón’s You Are the Prelude, which the NY Phil commissioned for the occasion. Later in the season the Chorus appears in Adolphus Hailstork’s Done Made My Vow, A Ceremony, in March, and in the New York Premiere of John Luther Adams’s Become Desert, a work co-commissioned by the Orchestra, in June. Malcolm J. Merriweather, a Grammy–nominated conductor and baritone, is preparing the New York Philharmonic Chorus for all of its appearances in the Orchestra’s 2022–23 season. He is music director of New York City’s The Dessoff Choirs, an associate professor at Brooklyn College, and on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music. He has conducted ensembles in venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Madison Square Garden in New York, as well as at Westminster Abbey in London and the Vatican, before Pope Francis. Merriweather's repertoire ranges from J.S. Bach to the world premiere recording of Margaret Bonds’s The Ballad of the Brown King (AVIE Records). As a baritone, Merriweather, who studied with Rita Shane, has appeared as soloist throughout the United States and premiered dozens of contemporary solo works. He was a fellowship recipient at Tanglewood and earned degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Syracuse University.

Upcoming 2022-2023 Performances
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Thu
2
Mar
2023
The March to Liberation
Program To Include
  • Courtney Bryan & Tazewell Thompson, New work (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)
  • Still, Symphony No. 2, Song of a New Race
  • Adolphus Hailstork, Done Made My Vow, A Ceremony
Artists
  • Leslie B. Dunner, Conductor
  • Tazewell Thompson, Director
  • Rasean Davonté Johnson, Video Artist
  • Ryan Speedo Green, Bass-Baritone
  • To Be Announced, Speaker
  • Janinah Burnett, Soprano
  • Rodrick Dixon, Tenor
  • To Be Announced, Boy Soprano
  • ...,
Sat
4
Mar
2023
The March to Liberation
Program To Include
  • Courtney Bryan & Tazewell Thompson, New work (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)
  • Still, Symphony No. 2, Song of a New Race
  • Adolphus Hailstork, Done Made My Vow, A Ceremony
Artists
  • Leslie B. Dunner, Conductor
  • Tazewell Thompson, Director
  • Rasean Davonté Johnson, Video Artist
  • Ryan Speedo Green, Bass-Baritone
  • To Be Announced, Speaker
  • Janinah Burnett, Soprano
  • Rodrick Dixon, Tenor
  • To Be Announced, Boy Soprano
  • ...,
Thu
8
Jun
2023
From Water to Desert
Program To Include
  • Britten, Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
  • Takemitsu, I hear the water dreaming
  • John Luther Adams, Become Desert (New York Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra)
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Robert Langevin, Flute
  • New York Philharmonic Chorus
        Malcolm J. Merriweather, Director
    , Chorus
Fri
9
Jun
2023
From Water to Desert
Program To Include
  • Britten, Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
  • Takemitsu, I hear the water dreaming
  • John Luther Adams, Become Desert (New York Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra)
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Robert Langevin, Flute
  • New York Philharmonic Chorus
        Malcolm J. Merriweather, Director
    , Chorus
Sat
10
Jun
2023
From Water to Desert
Program To Include
  • Britten, Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
  • Takemitsu, I hear the water dreaming
  • John Luther Adams, Become Desert (New York Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra)
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Robert Langevin, Flute
  • New York Philharmonic Chorus
        Malcolm J. Merriweather, Director
    , Chorus
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