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Great Music in a Great Space: Immigrants – A Celebration of What Makes New York Great (Ensemble)

  • The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY, 10025 United States (map)

A special pre-concert tour of the Cathedral's exquisite Chapels of the Tongues introduces this program, and celebrates the immigrant communities that have made New York City one of the greatest cities in the world. Instrumental ensemble Rose of the Compass will present music from the cultures represented by the cathedral's seven Chapels, while the Cathedral Choir will answer with pieces by immigrants who composed in America, sharing their culture and their art. Composers will include Vincent Persichetti, whose parents came from Italy and Germany; F. Melius Christiansen, the great founder of the St. Olaf Choir; Rebecca Clarke and Tarik O’Regan, who both emigrated from the British Isles; Jean Berger from Germany; and Igor Stravinksy from Russia. The concert will culminate with a world premiere by Robert Sirota, on a libretto by the Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota, celebrating New York’s identity as a melting pot of humanity.