Another Successful Round of ASCAP Foundation Choral Commissions with The New York Virtuoso Singers

October 31, 2018

(l-r) ASCAP’s Michael Spudic, ASCAP composer Simon Frisch, ASCAP’s Cia Toscanini, ASCAP composer Nina Shekhar, ASCAP member and New York Virtuoso Singers conductor Harold Rosenbaum and ASCAP composer Natalie Dietterich, together with members of The New York Virtuoso Singers.

On October 27 at Advent Lutheran Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, lovers of vocal harmony were treated to the world premiere of five sparkling new ASCAP choral works, performed by Maestro Harold Rosenbaum and his New York Virtuoso Singers (with some assistance from The Canticum Novum Youth Choir, ably prepared by Edie Rosenbaum). The concert was part of an ongoing project involving the commissioning of 50 new works by ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award recipients, a project that has given the world a staggering 45 new choral works so far. 

The composers whose new works were featured at this concert included Chen Yihan (“Who knows how many flowers fell”), Natalie Dietterich (“Asylum”), Simon Frisch (“The Geryon Matter: Part One – Premonitions”), Nina Shekhar (“blush”) and Wang Lu (“First Words”). Six 80th birthday salutes were also featured on the evening’s program as well, most of them composed explicitly for The New York Virtuoso Singers by William Bolcom, John Corigliano, John Harbison, Joan Tower and Charles Wuorinen - each of whom join the octogenarian club in 2018. The sixth was a work composed by recently deceased ASCAP member Katherine Hoover, performed in her loving memory. All in all, it was an unforgettable evening of eclectic styles, highlighting a most creative interplay between the generations.