Distinguished Concerts International New York Presents a weekend of concert in honor of the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Psalms & Songs for the New Year
An Afternoon of Beautiful & Inspirational Choral Works
Sunday, January 15 at 2:00pm ~ Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
WORLD PREMIERE by Karl Jenkins
Over 300 musicians join together for the first world premiere of major work by Karl Jenkins to take place in the US, featuring text by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, January 16 at 7:00pm ~ Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium
Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) presents two sublime concerts of choral music on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, inspired by Dr. King and peacemakers the world over. The concert on Sunday, January 15 at 2pm at Avery Fisher Hall welcomes 2012 with Psalms & Songs for the New Year, featuring John Rutter’s magnificent and emotionally-charged Mass of the Children, Leonard Bernstein’s colourful Chichester Psalms, and Gloria by Randol Bass, with Guest Conductor James M. Meaders. The following evening, Monday, January 16 at 7pm at Carnegie Hall, DCINY presents the world premiere of The Peacemakers by Karl Jenkins, the most performed living classical composer in the world. Over 300 musicians will come together under the baton of Mr. Jenkins to perform this new major work for adult choir, two children`s choirs and orchestra with solo instrumentalists, offering inspiration and solace for a time in need of both. The works weaves together texts from several of the greatest peacemakers throughout history, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Ghandi, The Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and Mother Theresa, as well as words from the Bible and the Qu’ran.
Completed in 2003, John Rutter’s Mass of the Children features the much-loved composer’s signature flowing melodies and soaring vocal lines, opening and closing with Bishop Thomas Ken’s morning and evening hymns for the Scholars of Winchester College. Commissioned in 1965 by the Dean of Chichester, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms draws Hebrew texts from six different psalms, contrasting spiritual austerity with impulsive rhythms in a contemplation of peace. Randol Bass’ Gloria, premiered at Carnegie Hall in 1990, uses multi-metric rhythmic patterns, while combining moments of bittersweet lyricism and fanfare for brass.