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Brahms’ Requiem

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall


Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International

Also Featuring:

Andrew McLaughlin, Baritone

Claire Kuttler, Soprano

Participating Groups

Brookdale Concordia Chorale

ChoralArt Masterworks

The Peter Dent Singers

Bach-Chor Darmstadt

Wymondham Choral Society

West Valley Chorale

Manly Warringah Choir

Christchurch City Choir

Alexandria Choral Society

Classic Choral Society

New Dominion Choraliers of Prince William County

Arcadian Chorale (NJ), Richmond Choral Society (NYC)

Special Guests

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Jonathan Griffith

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Andrew McLaughlin

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Claire Kuttler

Participating Group Directors

Winnebago Lutheran Academy Traveling Choir
Dale Witte
Dale Witte has been the choir director and Fine Arts Department chairman at Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Fond du Lac, WI since 1993, where he also teaches Music Theory and Music Technology. Dale holds degrees from Dr. Martin Luther College (BS Elementary Ed, 1989) and Concordia University Chicago (Master of Church Music, 1997). Dale has prepared the WLA Traveling Choir to perform at Carnegie Hall on four occasions since 2004, most recently with Eric Whitacre in 2013. Today marks his and their first time performing at the Lincoln Center. Dale is also a published composer with Concordia and Northwestern Publishing Houses.

The Winnebago Lutheran Academy Traveling Choir represents their high school, their families, and their Savior, Jesus Christ, in more than 20 performances and church services each school year. They are an auditioned choir of sophomores, juniors and seniors from the Fond du Lac, WI and surrounding communities who are blessed to meet each day during the school day for rehearsal. They perform at WLA for five curricular concerts and lead worship in 12-15 Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) churches each school year. While their main focus is on spreading God’s Word in song, they also perform secular choral literature.

Brookdale Concordia Chorale
John & Cynthia Balme, Co-Directors
John & Cynthia Balme both hail from the opera world. John has served as General Director of Boston Lyric Opera and lake George Opera Festival as well as guest-conducting throughout the USA. Cynthia has sung 40 leading roles, specializing in Verdi with 12 operas performed with NY Grand Opera.

The Brookdale Concordia Chorale was founded in 2001 by John and Cynthia Balme. Now based at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft NJ, the Chorale is a county community performance group specializing in performing choral masterworks including 7 Handel oratorios, all the major works by Bach and Mozart, and major explorations of Mendelssohn, Brahms and many other major choral composers.

Coro Bocconi
Martina Zambelli
After graduating at Conservatorio G. Verdi (Milan), Martina Zambelli started teaching singing and baroque flute. Today she conducts Coro Bocconi of Bocconi University (Milan); she is arranger for the Bloopers Choir and director of the Young Mediterranean Ensemble, of the Medit-lab Orchestra and of the Wayward Spirit Orchestra. She has conducted Insubriae Chorus of Insubria University (Varese). She is known for her eclecticism and her versatility and for her particular singing technique, which mixes classical and popular genres, following the example of Dulce Pontes and Lisa Gerrard. She is performing in Italy and abroad and she is part of the ensemble Humana Vox. She has released seven record productions.

Coro Bocconi was founded in 2005, and it is composed by students, alumni, professors and staff of the homonymous Milanese University. It was conducted by M° Sergio Lonoce until 2011, and since then by M° Martina Zambelli, with whom it has been participating in numerous and prestigious events inside and outside the campus. It has been performing in collaboration with Verdi Per Tutti orchestra, Medit-lab Orchestra, Wayward Spirit Orchestra, Coral Iberoamericana Tantanakuy, Coràson Choeur from Nice, Chorus Insubriae (Insubria University). Today the choir has an eclectic and heterogeneous repertoire.

Edmund Rice Choir
Eduardo Vallejo
Eduardo Raul Vallejo practices a vast activity in Choral directing and teaching. He taught in the National Music Conservatory in Choir Direction Professorship. He also graduated as a Licentiate in Phsychology. Through all these years, he has directed many choral and orchestal ensambles in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has speciallized in ways to develop psico-dramatic techniques with his singers, which are taken into account during rehearsals and in their performances. He has also dedicated to the arrangements of argentine folk music and tango, in a choral way. As the founder and master of Cantoria Lugano Choir, he has being the uninterruptedly Director, since the creation, whom in year 2014 took part of the Stabat Mater, by Karl Jenkins in Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, New York City under the direction of Jonathan Griffith

Edmund Rice Choir from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was founded in 1985 thanks to the Christian Brothers from Cardinal Newman College, and a group of parents and former pupils. This institution is a Catholic School that belongs to an Irish Congregation, based in Ireland, that spread worldwide, founded by a wealthy landlord from Waterford, who donated all his fortune for the bringing up and the education of poor and orphan children. As a well known Choir in Argentina, participated in several events throughout Argentina and also travelled abroad to Uruguay, Chile and Ireland, in late 2009. The Choir performed simultaneously, with the ceremony that took place in the Vatican, for the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, during Pope Benedict XVI papacy. In the year 2012 for the celebration of the 250 birth anniversary of Edmund Rice, the Choir interpreted the Edmund Rice Cantata, written by Daniel Vallejo, son of the Choir Master, accompanied by musicians and singers, that belonged to the school’s ensemble. In 2013 they were part of the 7th Musical Choral Festival, in Buenos Aires, and shared music with choirs from Ecuador, Chile, Colombia and Croatia. The Choir´s repertoire includes Sacred Music as well as European authors, traditional and folk argentine music, tango and contemporaneous authors.

ChoralArt Masterworks
Dr. Robert Russell
Robert Russell cannot remember a time when he did not sing. The Baptist tradition in Roanoke, VA during his formative years offered choral instruction for children as early as first grade; the teen choir sang weekly for services, summers included! A lifetime of singing, piano lessons from the second grade on, and rigorous training in college and grad school prepared him for a career as a choral conductor and music educator. He concluded 36 years of teaching at the University of Southern Maine in 2015 and continues an active retirement as music director of ChoralArt (Portland, ME) and guest conductor of festival choruses.

Celebrating its 45th season in 2016-17, ChoralArt is based in Portland, Maine, and is comprised of approximately 100 singers who participate in one or more of three distinct ensembles:  ChoralArt Masterworks (90 voices), ChoralArt Singers (50 voices) and ChoralArt Camerata (16 voices).  Members are talented and committed musicians, selected by a rigorous audition process.  Led for 37 years by Dr. Robert Russell, ChoralArt has earned a reputation for quality performances of major works, commissions of new works, innovative programming and creative collaborations.  In addition to its own concerts, ChoralArt regularly performs major choral works with the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

Loiret's Singers
Julie Cassia Cavalcante
Julie Cassia Cavalcante – Soprano, vocal teacher (Franco-Brazilian) she studied Singing and Pedagogy of Singing at the University of Pernambuco (Brazil). Her studies have been completed with prestigious singers such as Régis Oudot (FRA) and Masters Classes with Montserrat Caballé (AND). At the Conservatoire d'Orléans, she won a first prize for singing and, unanimously, a first regional chamber music prize. Singing Teacher’s at the Conservatory of Olivet City and of the Music School of Gien in Loiret, she was soloist: Ensemble Almeria (since 2000); Capitole Orchestra (2001); The Spassov Festival in Bulgaria (2003). She has regularly played in concerts and recitals in Brazil and in Europe.

Loiret's Singers is a group of singers of the singing classes of Mrs. Julie Cassia Cavalcante, in the Conservatories of the department of Loiret, in the region Center of France. The singers come from the cities of Olivet, Gien and Chécy and have an academic experience in solo and ensemble vocal practice. Elodie Bigé, Marie-Lou Vinchon, Emmanuelle Bardet, Laure Crotte and Patricia Felix (sopranos); Annie Delbecq, Chérryl Nagot and Danièle Rossi (altos); Eric Flandry, Mahmoud Idir and Steeve Place (Tenors) and Gérad Barbier and Yannick Nagot (barytone-basses).

The Peter Dent Singers
Peter Vincent Dent
A life-long choral singer, Peter began choral conducting in 1985 in Vancouver. He co-directed the Vivaldi Chamber Choir, and was the founding musical director of the Pacific Singers. Moving to Galiano Island, he started Coro Galiano. Since moving to Victoria, he directed the EKOOS vocal ensemble of Sooke for 5 years and is currently the Music Director of the Arion Male Voice Choir and the Newcombe Singers. For 15 years he has organized singing tours of Central Europe and Cuba. He has been a guest juror at international choral competitions in Prague. A composer of several choral works, he has a Master's Degree from UBC.

The "Peter Dent Singers" is comprised mainly of choral singers who have been part of Peter Dent's international choral tours. coming from many provinces in Canada, the criteria for inclusion in this performance are a solid background in classical choral singing and a previous performance experience of the Brahms German Requiem.

Tutti Choir BSB