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Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall


Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
George Frideric Handel: Messiah
Thomas Beecham/Eugene Goossens' 1959 Re-Orchestration for full symphony orchestra
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International

Also Featuring:

Penelope Shumate, Soprano

Claudia Chapa, Mezzo-Soprano

John McVeigh, Tenor

Christopher Job, Baritone

Participating Groups

Cantabile Singers of Truro

Aspen Choral Society

Mennonite Choral Society

Calvary Festival Choir

Milwaukee Area Messiah Community Chorus

Chancel Choir of Laguna Presbyterian Church

Georgetown Presbyterian Church Choir Ensemble

East Hants Choral Society

The Doha Singers

Brentwood Community Chorus

Grande Prairie Regional College Concert Choir

Chesapeake Community Messiah Choir

Baha'i Choral Festival Choir


Symphony Choir of Cape Town, South Africa

First Baptist Church Choir

Phoenix Singers, Hong Kong

Duncanville Community Chorus sponsored by First Presbyterian Church Duncanville

Participating Group Directors

Aspen Choral Society
Paul Dankers
Paul Dankers is the Music Director for Aspen Choral Society and Snowmass Chapel. He received his undergraduate degree from UW-Eau Claire and Masters Degree from USM. He enjoys acting and directing various theatre productions throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and is currently a Henry Judge for the Colorado Theatre Guild. Paul is an occasional composer and arranger for his various ensembles. He loves mountain living in Basalt, CO with his husband of 7+ years, Michael Schoepe. It is a privilege to be in NY making music with so many talented musicians!

Aspen Choral Society is the combined talent of 100+ people of many ages, ability levels, and professions from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. We are a non auditioned group that works hard to present high quality concerts - especially our signature annual "Messiah" performances in December. After 40 years, there is a definite “family” feel to what we do. More importantly, we nourish and give the gift of beautiful music to our friends and neighbors. You can find us on Facebook, YouTube, and our website,

Cantabile Singers of Truro