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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

SANCTUS: Amanda Pabyan featured in Heiligmesse (Haydn), Silete Venti (Handel), Sanctus settings w/Riverside Choral Society & Orchestra 5/17/08 8pm

The Riverside Choral Society is excited to announce our spring concert: SANCTUS, featuring one of Americaĺ─˘s most distinguished, new lyric-coloratura sopranos AMANDA PABYAN, described by the New York Times as ĺ─˙a brilliant coloraturaĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙technically agile, clarion toned and incisive.ĺ─¨

Pabyan will be featured in two infrequently performed choral gems: FJ Haydnĺ─˘s Heiligmesse and Handelĺ─˘s operatic motet, Silete Venti.

This will be an concert of masterworks from the classical to the contemporary, including Franz Joseph Haydn, George Frideric Handel, Felix Mendelssohn, Heitor Villa-Lobos, William Albright, and Jan SandstrłĆm, in Latin, Italian, and German. Everyone is invited to experience the exultation and mystery of these settings of the Mass, and Sanctus in particular. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of New York Cityĺ─˘s leading symphonic choirs present a gorgeous and historic performance of Haydnĺ─˘s gem, the Heiligmesse, Handelĺ─˘s ravishing Sileti Venti, and compare settings of the Sanctus spanning millennia and continents, including Gregorian Chant, Baroque, German Romanticism, 20th Century Latin romance and neo-mysticism. Featuring acclaimed soprano Amanda Pabyan, RCSĺ─˘s SANCTUS will be divinely delightful. We canĺ─˘t wait to sing for you and see you there!

Riverside Choral Society, now in its 27th year, has gained a reputation as one of New York Cityĺ─˘s premier choruses. In addition to its regular concert season under the baton of Dr. Patrick Gardner, RCS is frequently chosen as guest ensemble. Most recently Dr. Gardner prepared the chorus to join the Mannes Orchestra in Stravinskyĺ─˘s Symphony of Psalms at Carnegie Hall November 2007. In 2005 and 2006 RCS appeared with Kirov Opera Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic under the baton of Valery Gergiev for six concerts at Lincoln Center and NJPAC, including performances of Mahlerĺ─˘s Second Symphony and Shostakovichĺ─˘s Symphonies 2, 3, and 13. In recent years RCS has also appeared regularly at Lincoln Centerĺ─˘s Mostly Mozart Festival, and has been featured in collaborations with the Mark Morris Dance Company and at special events at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. For more information, please visit

Please post the concert announcement information and posters (below) to bulletin boards, newsletters, newspapers, departmental announcements, websites, event listings, classrooms, and anywhere they might be seen or searched, and forward this email to those who will find it of interest and can make such posts. Interest categories/tags: Settings of the Mass and Sanctus from the Baroque to the present, Catholic & Christian liturgy, Latin, choral music, classical music, religion, upcoming concerts and events.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, although advance ticket orders are strongly encouraged.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Advance tickets can be ordered online here.

Night of the Performance: Cash (check, or money order made out to Riverside Choral Society) are accepted at the concert box office at the entrance to Holy Trinity Church (213 West 82nd Street) between 7-8pm.

QUESTIONS, GROUPS and SPECIAL REQUESTS: phone 347 404 5544 and email

PS: Singing with the RCS is a delight and an excellent education in choral singing, vocal technique, and classical repertoire. Those interested in singing with us, please explore our website where you can learn more about RCS, our repertoire (symphonic choral classics with an emphasis on liturgical), rehearsal schedule (Tuesdays 7-9:30pm, W100th St ĺ─ý come sit in), and schedule an audition with our director, Dr. Patrick Gardner. While the site mentions main auditions in August, they can happen at any time.


Franz Josef Haydn - Heiligmesse

George Frideric Handel - Silete Venti

Amanda Pabyan, soprano

William Albright - Sanctus from the Chichester Mass

Felix Mendelssohn - Heilig

Jan SandstrłĆm - Sanctus

Heitor Villa-Lobos - Sanctus and Benedictus from Missa Słúo Sebastiłúo

Amanda Pabyan, soprano

Kirsten Solleck, alto

Kurt Alakulppi, tenor

Brian McIntosh, bass-baritone

Patrick Gardner, Conducting

with Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 8:00 PM

Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church

213 W. 82nd Street

(between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)

Tickets: $35, $25 ($10 for students with ID)

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Box Office Open 7-8pm prior to concert

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