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The Music Of Sir Karl Jenkins

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall


Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
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 The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International

Also Featuring:

Katherine Pracht, Mezzo-Soprano

Diana McVey, Soprano

Katherine Pracht, Mezzo-Soprano

Brian Cheney, Tenor

Stephen Lancaster, Baritone

Participating Groups

Cheyenne Capital Chorale

The Joyful Band of Singers

Hilo Community Chorus

Kirchenchor St. Peter und Paul Winterthur, Switzerland

Isle of Man Choral Society

Cantate '86 Hamm

Tokyo Oratorio Society

Leibniz Chor

West Cork Choral Singers

Stadtchor Freiberg e.V.

Generations for Peace, Boeblingen/Ehningen

Stedelijk Koor Enschede

Nittedal Bygdekor

Kammerchor Niedergrafschaft

Ripon Choral Society

Special Guests

Artist's Name

Jonathan Griffith

Artist's Name

Sir Karl Jenkins CBE

Artist's Name

Diana McVey

Artist's Name

Katherine Pracht

Artist's Name

Stephen Lancaster

Participating Group Directors

The Joyful Band of Singers
Finley Woolston
After retiring from a career in the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy, Woolston pursued a career as a choral musician. He was a cum laude vocal performance major at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He studying conducting with Professor Brock McHeleran of the Crane School of Music. He is the Music Director of the Crystal Coast Choral Society, the Joyful Band of Singers, and Richlands United Methodist Church in Richlands, NC. He also sings with Schola Cantorum, the professional choir of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina.

"The Joyful Band of Singers" is an auditioned chamber ensemble formed as needed for specific performance activities. It's members are often, but not always, from the community chorus "The Crystal Coast Choral Society." The group performs for numerous community and charitable events throughout eastern North Carolina. They have performed on numerous concerts with DCINY.

Kingsway-Lambton United Church Chancel Choir
Hilary Apfelstadt
Kingsway-Lambton United Church Chancel Choir Ensemble is a subset of an adult mixed choir in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who, under their Director of Music, sing at all church services and for occasional concerts and special events. Members of this group previously participated in a DCINY festival in 2014, and are pleased to be returning under the direction of Hilary Apfelstadt, who is affiliated with our congregation and a friend of our Choir.

Cheyenne Capital Chorale
Barbara Boyer
Barbara Boyer is the coordinator for the Cheyenne Capital Chorale. She has previously sung at Carnegie Hall, under the direction of Jonathan Griffith, performing Mozart's Requiem, Karl Jenkins' Stabat Mater, Karl Jenkins' Gloria, and Karl Jenkins' The Healer. She recently performed with the Jonathan Griffith singers in Barcelona, singing Verdi's Requiem. She has sung with the Cheyenne Capital Chorale for more than 10 years. She is a graduate of Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska, where she was a member of the select choir.

The Cheyenne Capital Chorale, Cheyenne, Wyoming, is a community choral group that provides opportunities for singers of all skill levels. The mission of the Chorale for 60 years has been to educate and entertain southeastern Wyoming with quality music. We strive to provide a wide variety of music, from popular to classical, plus pieces rarely heard. Our directors carefully select quality music that continually challenges and expands the choir's expertise, which in turn provides a broader musical experience for our audience. The Chorale exists to provide singers and other musicians an opportunity to sing and perform and to give the community opportunities to hear and enjoy live choral music.

Kirchenchor St. Peter und Paul Winterthur, Switzerland
Hansueli Bamert
Hansueli Bamert was born in 1962 and has been drawn to music since his childhood. He started his musical career as a folklore musician and later became a dedicated organist. At the Academy of Music in Zurich he attained his teaching and concert diploma on the organ and his diploma as a choirmaster and musical college teacher. He finished all his studies “summa cum laude.“ Since 1993 he has been both the organist and choirmaster at the Catholic Church of St. Peter and Paul in Winterthur, where he also conducts the children’s- and youth choir.

Kirchenchor St. Peter und Paul Winterthur The Choir of St. Peter and Paul was founded in 1892. Over the years, this renowned local choir has performed various great works of sacred music. The choir’s main responsibility is to support church services and its repertoire includes Gregorian choral music as well as representative masses and cantatas from the Renaissance to the present. In addition, the choir’s interest in other styles lead to a number of crossover projects including popular music, such as the performances of Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez and Misa a Buenos Aires by Martin Palmeri. In 2017, the choir celebrated its 125th anniversary with performances of Mass of the Children by John Rutter, Requiem by Gabriel Fauré and Te Deum by Antonin Dvořák.

Hilo Community Chorus
Tom McAlexander
Tom McAlexander has been singing in or conducting choirs most of his life. For 25 years he sang with the Arlington Metropolitan Chorus in the Washington DC area, where he was frequently featured as tenor soloist. Shortly after retiring to Hawaii in 1994, he became the volunteer director of a community chorus in the village of Volcano. In 2005 he was asked to become the music director of the Hilo Community Chorus and has served in that volunteer capacity ever since. He has led the Chorus to performances with DCINY at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Tom is also the choir director at Christ Lutheran Church in Hilo.

The Hilo Community Chorus is a non-auditioned group of around 50 singers who meet weekly for rehearsals from September through May. They present two concerts each year, a holiday themed concert in December and a classical concert in May. They also sponsor an annual "Messiah" sing-along. The Chorus was formed in 2005 and participated in the DCINY Inaugural Concert in January of 2008. Since then, several members of the Chorus have returned to perform at other DCINY concerts, and traveled abroad with the Jonathan Griffith Singers.

Cantate '86 Hamm
Werner Granz
Werner Granz (born in 1950) completed the study of church music and for teacher at primary and secondary schools with a focus on "music". From 1977 to 2016 he was active as a teacher for singclasses and choral director at the “Städtische Musikschule Hamm / Westfalen”. Since 2007, he has been the coordinator of the project "Jedem Kind ein Instrument". In a Protestant church of Hamm, he founded, amongst others, the youth choir "Cantate'86".

Cantate`86 is the Young Choir and the Youth Choir of the evangelical church community of Hamm/Westfalen. Musically, the emphasis is on the spiritual chorus of different epochs and different styles. The choir performs regularly in church services and concerts. Concert tours through Switzerland, as well as to Estonia, France, USA and Poland were the highlights so far. 10 participations in “Deutschen Evangelischen Kirchentagen” and “Ökumenischen Kirchentagen” allowed the choir to travel all over Germany. The choir also received important impulses by participating in various competitions. The annual highlight is the Christmas concert in Hamm with famous national and international artists.

Isle of Man Choral Society