Musica Viva NY to Present AN ELEGY FOR ALL HUMANITY at All Souls Church

Musica Viva NY to Present AN ELEGY FOR ALL HUMANITY at All Souls Church

Musica Viva NY, led by Artistic Director Dr. Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, closes its 2016-2017 season on Sunday, May 7 at 5:00 p.m. at All Souls Church with An Elegy for All Humanity, featuring a performance of Brahms' German-language masterpiece, Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) in a rarely heard chamber ensemble arrangement by Joachim Linckelmann with the Musica Viva NY choir and soloists soprano Devony Smith and bass-baritone Joseph Beutel.

Also on the program is prolific pianist and composer Seymour Bernstein's cantata Song of Nature-inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, Nature-in a new arrangement by Dr. Hernandez-Valdez, narrated by David Rockefeller, Jr.

Preceding the concert is a screening of Ethan Hawke's acclaimed documentary Seymour: An Introduction, a warm and witty tribute to Seymour Bernstein, as he shares stories from his life, together with insightful reflections on art, creativity, and the search for fulfillment. The screening takes place at 2:30 p.m. in Reidy Friendship Hall at All Souls Church, followed by a Q&A session with Bernstein.

Founded in 1977, Musica Viva NY-a chamber choir of thirty professionals and highly skilled volunteers-is driven by a desire to share the transcendent power of choral and instrumental music with audiences in New York City and beyond. With a broad repertoire that includes new compositions and classic masterworks, Musica Viva NY emphasizes artistic excellence and transformative interpretations to ennoble the human spirit; its imaginative programming offers joy, solace and renewal in a complex world.

Tickets, priced at $30, which include admission to the documentary screening, are available by visiting musicaviva.org/tickets or can be purchased at the door.

Program Information:

An Elegy for All Humanity
Sunday, May 7 at 5:00 p.m.
All Souls Church
1157 Lexington Avenue (at 80th Street)
New York, NY 10075

Musica Viva NY
Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, Artistic Director
Devony Smith, soprano
Joseph Beutel, bass-baritone
David Rockefeller, Jr., narrator

BRAHMS Ein deutsches Requiem (arranged for chamber ensemble by Joachim Linckelmann)
SEYMOUR BERNSTEIN Song of Nature (new arrangement by Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez)

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Hailed by The Washington Post as a conductor "with the incisive clarity of someone born to the idiom," Dr. Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez is an acclaimed conductor and pianist.

Since August 2015, Dr. Hernandez-Valdez has served as the Artistic Director of Musica Viva NY. Musica Viva NY is a choral ensemble founded in 1977 with a long tradition of top-caliber performances, innovative programing, and a strong dedication to the commissioning of new works. Hernandez-Valdez also serves as the Director of Music at the historic Unitarian Church of All Souls in Manhattan. Founded in 1819, the Unitarian Church of All Souls is the most influential Unitarian Universalist congregation in the United States.

As Artistic Director, Co-Founder, and Conductor of the New Orchestra of Washington (NOW), Hernandez-Valdez has collaborated with many International Artists and has premiered numerous new works.

In September 2016, he began his tenure as Artistic Director of the Victoria Bach Festival, replacing Grammy Award-winning conductor and composer Craig Hella Johnson who led the Festival as Artistic Director from 1992 to 2015.

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