Reviews

What others are saying:

“The integration of the GMCW with the classical music of the magnificent orchestral and vocal pieceCarmina Burana (comprised of 24 poems set to music by Carl Orff), the superb singers of the New York City Master Chorale, the colorful flavor and physical agility of the Gallim Dance Company, and the accompaniment of three superb operatic soloists was flawless and fluid.” – David Friscic, DC Metro Theater Arts, May 11, 2016 (Read the Review)

“O Magnum Mysterium by Lauridsen (b. 1943) opened the second half, sung a capella by the New York City Master Chorale under the very dynamic Thea Kano. The singers brought out the composer’s subtle dissonances with sensitivity and precision.” — New York Concert Review, May 25, 2009 (Read the Review)

“… Nicholas Flagello’s lifetime of music composition was recalled as the elegant New York City Master Chorale presented Flagello’s work The Passion of Martin Luther King … The Chorale lent an air of simple but poignant elegance to the performance…” — Soundview News, April 4, 2008

“[Artistic Director] Thea Kano is an exceptionally talented young conductor…She has recruited a talented group of volunteer singers that she continues to mold into an excellent performing group.” — Abe Laboriel

What audience members are saying:

“I have to tell you what I observed [at the concert]. People were actually pushed back in their seats when the chorus went full volume in the [Leavitt Requiem]. I have never EVER seen ANYTHING like it…There were times during the concert when [the conductor’s] body looked so tense and tight – if you took out a gun and shot her, it would ricochet right back at you. I could follow her, and I was behind her. The chorus conveyed exactly what I thought the conductor was asking for. She was so expressive with her interpretation. I was wowed. I felt every nuance, every breath, she kept the orchestra, chorus, and soloists together as one entity. I was SO impressed.”

“The concert was perfect! Beautifully executed and programmed, gorgeous sounds, with an incredible balance between orchestra and chorus. My wife and I were moved to tears several times.”

“This was singing at a whole new level for me.”

“I couldn’t stop watching the conductors’ hands. She was so elegant.”

“The choir’s dynamics lifted me out of my seat. I wanted to stand up several times, I had to hold myself back from applauding until the end.”

What the singers are saying:

“I have been enjoying the rehearsals so much, and especially the wonderful music, in all its complexity, idiosyncrasy and beauty.”

“I cannot tell you how rewarding, informative and fun working with this group is for me!”

“I am so delighted to be a part of the Chorale and to be surrounded by really fantastic people…What a special gift it is that I gave myself when I decided to audition.”