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2022 Summer Sings are Back!

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Patrick Gardner leads Mozart’s “Requiem” 8/19/19.

The summer of 2022 is in full swing, and for the first time in three years, Summer Sings are back at Judson!  We are beyond thrilled to bring back this weekly series for the 50th-ish Summer!

This summer, we’ve got ten weeks of Sings planned, with a different conductor at the podium each week.

We’re implementing some COVID protocols in an effort to ensure some level of safety for our singers, guest artists and Chorale staffers, but after three summers, they are a small price to pay for the musical company of our choral friends!

Admission is available at the door ($15 general/$10 student).  For our complete schedule and a description of our protocols, click here.

We look forward to singing with you this summer!

 

 


2021-2022 Concert Season…and that’s wrap!

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Thank you for joining us at “Vigil for Peace”!

A huge “thank you!” to everyone who came to our our final concert of the 2021-2022 season, Vigil for Peace! We were thrilled to be able to finally perform Rachmaninoff’s monumental All-Night Vigil—the piece we had to set aside with our COVID-cancelled March 2020 concert.  For 2022, we interspersed within the movements of the Rachmaninoff complementary sacred works by Ukrainian composers past and present, to honor an Orthodox culture Ukraine, Russia, and other nations share.

We are especially grateful to Delana Thomsen, who stepped in to pinch hit—or pitch hit!—in the temporary absence of our usual accomplice, Elena Belli.  (In a bit of WVC trivia, Delana was our accompanist for a number of years when our founder Gwen Gould led the group, so it was very nice to have her back!)

We also offer our thanks to Sarah Nelson Craft, Matthew Zabiegala, and Alex Minter, whose gorgeous solos brought such power and beauty to our program.

If you missed our concert (live or streaming!), here’s a link to a recording of the stream on YouTube stream.  Click here to download the program.

We will be donating a portion of the concert’s proceeds to Razom for Ukraine, a New York City-based charity dedicated to building a pathway to a better future for Ukraine.


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THANK YOU!

WVC’s 50th Anniversary Gala Concert:

“A Jubilant Song”

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate at our Fiftieth Anniversary Gala Concert, “A Jubilant Song,” in March!  We were thrilled to mark our first half-century of bringing choral music to the West Village—and beyond—in the company of our friends and supporters!

Fifty years in the life of our choral family—that’s something like two thousand weekly rehearsals, more than two hundred singers (based on just the last ten years!), a hundred-plus concerts, hundreds of Summer Sings, nearly fifty Messiah Sings and as many Caroling Walks, five Artistic Directors, at least four international tours—all supported by countless tickets purchased and donations offered by our many friends and supporters over the years!

ProgramsAs part of this golden anniversary program, included a world premiere of a co-commissioned piece by Karen Siegel, and new pieces written for the occasion by our Artistic Director and Conductor Colin Britt and former Artistic Director Michael Conley!

We were pleased to welcome back the WVC’s former conductors Gwen Gould, Andrew Megill, Michael Conley, and Malcolm J. Merriweather,  with our beloved pianist Elena Belli.

Want a trip in the way-back machine?  Check out this slide show (PDF) put together by Gwen Gould showing programs from the years following the Chorale’s founding.

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We made the paper!

Check out the article in this weekend’s (12-11/12) New York Times about the return of real live singing (!) to NYC, featuring our very own “Messiah” Sing and remarks some of our members/Messiah-singers.  Thanks to Times reporter Bob Morris for the mention!  And thanks to everyone who joined us at Judson for our first live public event in nearly two years!


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Ordering Online?  Support the WVC While You Shop

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If you are shopping online at Amazon.com this spring/summer, you can support the WVC at the same time!

Through its AmazonSmile program, the online retailer allows you to chose a charity to support; 0.5% of the value of your eligible purchases will then be donated to the charitable organization of your choice.  We’ve been fortunate to have participated in this program for several years now, and the numbers add up!

To get started, instead of going to www.amazon.com, go to https://smile.amazon.com.  When you see “Select Charity,” look for the West Village Chorale Inc”!  From there, you can shop as you normally would, and know that a portion of your spending will help support the WVC!