Among New York’s foremost vocal ensembles, The Collegiate Chorale has added to the richness of the city’s cultural fabric for more than 70 years. Conducted by James Bagwell, The Chorale has established a preeminent reputation for its interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as commissions and premieres of new works. The many guest artists with whom The Chorale has performed in recent years include Stephanie Blythe, Victoria Clark, Nathan Gunn, Thomas Hampson, Angela Meade, Kelli O’Hara, Eric Owens, Rene Papé, Bryn Terfel, and Deborah Voigt. Opera highlights include the New York Premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie’s The Grapes of Wrath (2010) with an all-star cast including Jane Fonda, Nathan Gunn, and Victoria Clark, and the U.S. Premieres of Dvořák’s Dmitri (1984) and Handel’s Jupiter in Argos (2008). His appearances in musical theater works have included Weill’s Knickerbocker Holiday (2011) with Kelli O’Hara and Victor Garber, conducted by James Bagwell (commercially available on Sh-K-Boom Records), and Weill and Ira Gershwin’s The Firebrand of Florence (2009). The Collegiate Chorale’s most recent appearance with the New York Philharmonic was a pair of sold-out performances of Philip Glass’s Koyaanisqatsi in November 2011.