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The Dessoff Choirs Conclude Mid-Winter Festival, WORDPLAY, with A Night of Wonders Featuring Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Geraldine Brooks

February 11, 2013 | By Lois Cohn Associates
Lois Cohn Associates
NEW YORK, NY – The Dessoff Choirs, led by Music Director Christopher Shepard, closes its mid-winter festival, WORDPLAY, with A Night of Wonders featuring author Geraldine Brooks at 8pm on March 15 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, and again on March 16 in Stamford, Connecticut at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 628 Main Street. The finale of the WORDPLAY festival takes a deeper look at the relationship between music and texts with a choral concert that explores how music is a form of story-telling. Ms. Brooks’ lyrical and evocative novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning March, all but demand musical accompaniment. Dessoff provides the soundtrack with a sweeping selection of choral music spanning five centuries, as Ms. Brooks reads from four of her historical novels; Year of Wonders; People of the Book; Caleb’s Crossing; March.

TICKETS: $15-55, children under 12 free for all programs. For discounted festival packages and individual tickets, please visit, or call (212) 831-8224.

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Christopher Shepard, Music Director, The Dessoff Choirs

Christopher Shepard became music director of The Dessoff Choirs in 2010. Best known as a Bach specialist, Chris has also conducted many staples of the choral-orchestral repertoire, and he has commissioned and premiered a number of new choral works in both the U.S. and Australia where he founded the Sydneian Bach Choir and Orchestra in Sydney, Australia, and was music director of BACH 2010, a project to perform all of Bach’s choral cantatas. Mr. Shepard is currently music director of the Worcester Chorus in Worcester, Massachusetts, the third-oldest community choir in America; music director of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Stamford, Connecticut; and conductor of the Great Waters Festival Chorus. He has also been a guest conductor at Emmanuel Church in Boston, a church renowned for its three-decade Bach cantata project. Since becoming music director, he has prepared Dessoff for performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Radio City Music Hall, including the New York premiere of Italo Montemezzi’s opera La Nave with Teatro Grattacielo; Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe with the Juilliard Orchestra under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, performed at the Concert for Peace at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on New Year’s Eve 2011.

Geraldine Brooks, guest artist

Geraldine Brooks is The New York Times bestselling author of People of the Book, March (winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction), and Year of Wonders and the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her husband, author Tony Horwitz, and their two sons.

PROGRAM Christopher Shepard, conductor Geraldine Brooks, author The Dessoff Choirs

FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 8:00 pm Peter Norton Symphony Space 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York City Tickets: $25-55, children under 12 free.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 8:00 pm St. John’s Episcopal Church 628 Main Street, Stamford, Conn. Tickets: $15-40, children under 12 free.




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