NYCS Chamber Singers Presents American Tapestry at Holy Lutheran Church
On Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m. in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, the New York Choral Society (NYCS) Chamber Singers presents American Tapestry, a program that explores the rich heritage of American music. The audience will delight in the secular music of William Billings, the choral works of Samuel Barber, beautifully arranged African American spirituals and the patriotic melodies of Charles Ives. Randall Thompson's The Testament of Freedom, composed in honor of the two hundredth anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birth, will complete the evening.
MALCOLM J. MERRIWEATHER, Assistant Conductor of the New York Choral Society
Malcolm J. Merriweather began his professional musical training as a chorister in the St. Paul's Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys in Buffalo, New York. He earned a Bachelor of Music in music education from Syracuse University.
He later earned a Master of Music degree in choral conducting at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied conducting with Dr. William Weinert. He received a second M.M. in Vocal Performance from the studio of Rita Shane, dramatic coloratura soprano. His solo engagements include appearances with the Eastman-Rochester Chorus, Eastman Chorale, Norfolk Chamber Choir, Gregory Kunde Chorale, Voices and the Bach Vespers Choir and Orchestra. In addition to his studies at Eastman, Malcolm served as organist and choirmaster at the Church of St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene (Episcopal) in downtown Rochester and Director of Music at Asbury First United Methodist Church, Rochester. As assistant conductor for the Gregory Kunde Chorale he was privileged to prepare and conduct the choir for concerts with orchestra and soloists. A passionate music educator, Malcolm enjoyed serving as the Artistic Director and Conductor for the Rochester Boys Choir and is currently on the faculty at St. Thomas More Play Group, Manhattan.
In addition to freelance singing, Malcolm serves as the Bruno Walter Assistant Conductor for the New York Choral Society. He has been selected as a 2011 Tanglewood Fellowship recipient.
The New York Choral Society Chamber Singers is composed of members from its parent organization, the New York Choral Society. The Chamber Singers is a 24 voice auditioned ensemble that explores choral gems from the Renaissance through the 20th century.
TICKETS: $15 Adults/$10 Students. Tickets are available at nychoral.org and at the door.