DCINY Celebrates The Holidays With Ode To Joy, Symphony No. 9, and More

A special highlight of DCINY's 10th anniversary season is Beethoven's famed Ode to Joy, Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 12 and Fantasia in C minor, Op.80 ("Choral Fantasy"). Maestro Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director, and Principal Conductor conducts the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir comprised of a dozen singing ensembles from around the globe. Featured soloists include Warren Lee; Piano, Danielle Talamantes; Soprano, Natalie Polito; Soprano, Claudia Chapa; Mezzo-Soprano, John McVeigh; Tenor, Peter Scott Drackley; Tenor, and Christopher Job; Baritone The concert takes place on Monday, December 3, 2018, at 7 PM at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Tickets start at $20. For tickets and information, visit DCINY's website.

Ode to Joy is Beethoven's best-known work, and one of the most performed symphonies in the world. It is also the first example of a major composer using voices in a symphony. Griffith will conduct singers from the Central Texas Choral Society, Glacier Symphony Chorale, Vox Kiwiana, Gesangverein Raidwangen 1898 e.V., Reutlinger Liederkranz 1827 e. V., Central Congregational Church Choir of Chelmsford, MA, Metropolitan Detroit Chorale, Phoenix Singers, Hong Kong, Chancel Choir of First UMC - Lawrenceville, GA, Masterworks Choir of Enterprise, Camerata Singers, and Los Angeles Daiku.

Warren Lee's artistry has brought him to four continents, gracing stages of all sizes and forms and in collaboration with International Artists and leading orchestras in Asia.

Born in Hong Kong-born Lee, is a Steinway Artist and artist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, a composer and a music educator. He was awarded the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award (Hong Kong) in 2012 and elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2015 in recognition of his achievements in the performing arts and contribution to the community. He performed with a solo concert at Carnegie Hall presented by DCINY in the spring of 2018.

Soprano Danielle Talamantes is an international recitalist who made her Carnegie Hall debut in a sold-out solo recital in 2007. Since then, she has sung as soprano soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Choralis, Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, Nashville Symphony, among other orchestras. A rising star, she made an exciting stage debut this 2014-2015 season as Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen in a return to The Metropolitan Opera.

Soprano Natalie Polito makes her Carnegie Hall debut in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy.

Mexican mezzo-soprano Claudia Chapa has recently been seen in such theatrically dynamic roles as Azucena Il Trovatore with St. Petersburg Opera Company, Winter Opera St. Louis and Opera in Williamsburg.

John McVeigh continues to garner attention for his countless world-class performances at the most revered houses throughout the United States and worldwide.

Peter Scott Drackley cuts a fine figure throughout the performance, with an intense stage presence. He has performed with the Utah Festival Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, the Strathmore Mansion, Lyric Opera Baltimore, amongst others.

A house favorite at the Metropolitan Opera since the beginning of his career, Christopher Job has been featured in six of their "Live in HD" broadcasts, and has appeared in numerous other productions such as Tosca, Der Rosenkavalier, Roberto Devereux, Werther, Macbeth, and The Nose; among others. He was also featured on their 50th Anniversary Lincoln Center Gala.


An acclaimed conductor, educator and lecturer, Jonathan Griffith has led performances across North America, Europe and Asia. Griffith is co-founder and Artistic Director of Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), which has brought together, under Griffith's artistic leadership, thousands of musicians and choral singers in concert at prestigious venues across the United States, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Disney Hall. The founder and Music Director of the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra, Griffith also oversees DCINY"s mentoring program for conductors.

Maestro Griffith made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 1989 and has since conducted well over 65 performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center combined. In addition to the major works of the classical repertoire, conducting highlights include the U.S. premieres of Karl Jenkins' Stabat Mater and Te Deum; Sergei Taneyev's At the Reading of a Psalm; Miloš Bok's Missa Solemnis; Luigi Boccherini's Villancicos; and Eugène Goossens' reorchestration of Handel's Messiah, along with world premieres by Eric Funk, Seymour Bernstein, and Robert Convery.

Founded in 2007 by Iris Derke and Jonathan Griffith, with its first public performance in January 2008, DCINY is a leading producer of dynamic musical entertainment in renowned international venues. Over 40,000 musicians representing 45 countries and all 50 states have participated in DCINY productions. Since the inception of the company, DCINY has produced 17 world premieres and more than 200 concerts for over 200,000 audience members.

DCINY celebrates its 10th Anniversary Season in 2018. With unforgettable, world-class concert experiences, empowering educational programs, and a global community of artists and audiences, DCINY changes lives through the power of musical performance. In addition to being selected four times for Inc. 5000, DCINY has received national recognition with multiple American Prizes: Jonathan Griffith, Founder and Music Director of Distinguished Concerts Orchestra (Winner 2014 American Prize in Conducting, Professional Orchestra Division) and DCINY's General Director and Co-Founder Iris Derke and the DCINY Team (Winner 2015 American Prize in Arts Marketing).

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