Grammy Award Winning Composer/Conductor Eric Whitacre returns to the DCINY stage for a holiday-themed concert of new arrangements and original works. Join Eric and the Distinguished Concerts Singers and Orchestra in a festive evening featuring new takes on classics such as Carol of the Bells, O Christmas Tree, Christmas Time is Here, Silent Night, Lux Aurumque and the world premiere orchestration of The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus with chamber orchestra - arranged by Jonathan Newman, part of the DCINY Premiere Project.
Participating Group Directors
Founded in 2009, the Avondale Children's Choir (ACC) is a community choir committed to excellence in musical artistry and expression. Under the leadership of Founding Director, R. Mark Green, the ACC has a membership of over 140 singers age six to eighteen in four ensembles. The ACC has performed in concerts with The Atlanta Opera Workshop, The DeKalb Choral Guild, The Mercer University Singers, The DeKalb School of the Arts, Decatur High School, and others. Twenty-three singers of the Avondale Children's Choir performed in the DCINY Concert for Treble Voices under the baton of Dr. Cristian Grases in June 2016.
The Douglas Dynamics is the select a cappella choir at Douglas High School in Minden, Nevada. They consistently receive superior ratings at all of the Nevada and California festivals in which they have attended. The Douglas Dynamics do an average of 20 community performances a year. Because of their popularity within the community it is often necessary to book their events a year in advance, particularly around the holiday season. They are all very excited to be making their first trip to New York City.
Washington Township HS is located 15 minutes southeast of Philadelphia in Sewell, NJ. With a population of 2300 students, WTHS offers a wide range of music courses including multiple levels of choir, band, orchestra, guitar, theory, and technology. TWP Choir has a membership of 180 students, with three large ensembles meeting daily and small ensembles after school. TWP Choir performs regularly at school, community, and regional festivals, including the annual NJACDA HS Festival. In addition, TWP Choir holds an annual Pops Concert which has raised funds for Mother’s Cupboard, Stomp Out Bullying, The National MS Society, and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Dedicated to academic and human excellence, the Brookfield East High School choral program is known nationally for having received a Grammy “Signature Gold” Award from the NARAS Foundation. Building upon this honor, the choral department continues to combine the strength of parental and administrative support with talented students and high artistic expectations to maintain its distinction as one the finest high school programs in the state of Wisconsin. Under the direction of Kari Doepke-Warnes, the Spartan choirs have performed in a variety of choral festivals, conventions, and college invitationals throughout the years that have taken them to such memorable locations as Washington D. C., New Orleans, and…New York City!