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Musica Viva Ny Celebrates Bernstein’s Centennial With Bernstein At 100 On March 10 At The Brick Church

February 13, 2019 | By Will Albach
Morahan Arts & Media

Program Includes Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Make Our Garden Grow, Together with Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, and
Concerto for Clarinet, Strings and Harp

NEW YORK, NY — January 28, 2019Musica Viva NY celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with Bernstein at 100: In friendship with Copland on Sunday, March 10 at 5:00 p.m. at The Brick Church. The Musica Viva NY Choir, led by Artistic Director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, is featured in music by two iconic American composers of the 20th century, Leonard Bernstein, and Aaron Copland. The concert includes Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Make Our Garden Grow, as well as the chamber version of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, and Concerto for Clarinet, Strings and Harp.

Tickets, priced at $40, are available by visiting musicaviva.org/tickets or can be purchased at the door.

Founded in 1977, Musica Viva NY shares the transcendent power of choral and instrumental music with audiences in New York City and beyond, through its annual four-concert series. The Musica Viva NY choir of thirty professionals and highly skilled volunteers performs broad repertoire, including new compositions and classic masterworks, emphasizing artistic excellence and transformative interpretations.

Musica Viva NY will additionally present Homage on Sunday, May 19 at The Brick Church, spotlighting composers paying tribute to the past masters who inspired them.

Program Information
BERNSTEIN AT 100

In friendship with Copland

Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. 
The Brick Church
1140 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10028

Featuring:
Musica Viva NY Choir
Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, Artistic Director

LEONARD BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms
Make Our Garden Grow
AARON COPLAND Appalachian Spring (Chamber Suite)
Concerto for Clarinet, Strings and Harp

About Musica Viva NY
Founded in 1977, Musica Viva NY, a chamber choir of thirty professionals and highly skilled volunteers, shares the transcendent power of choral and instrumental music with audiences in New York City and beyond, through its annual four-concert series. The choir’s broad repertoire includes new compositions and classic masterworks, emphasizing artistic excellence and transformative interpretations.

About Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez
Esteemed conductor and pianist Dr. Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez was named Artistic Director of Musica Viva NY and Director of Music of the historic Unitarian Church of All Souls in Manhattan in 2015. He is also Co-Founder of the New Orchestra of Washington and Artistic Director of the Victoria Bach Festival. He has earned accolades from The Washington Post as a conductor “with the incisive clarity of someone born to the idiom,” as well as praise from The New York Times for leading “a stirring performance” of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem. At a concert commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the WWI Armistice (featuring the world premiere of Joseph Turrin’s cantata And Crimson Rose Once Again Be Fair) Oberon’s Grove wrote: “Maestro Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez drew rich, warm sounds from the musicians” in “a beautiful and deeply moving program.” He is featured in El mundo en las manos/Creadores mexicanos en el extranjero (The World in Their Hands/Creative Mexicans Abroad), a book by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs honoring Mexican nationals who are leading figures in diverse artistic fields.  He is the recipient of a 2016 Shenandoah Conservatory Alumni of Excellence Award for his exemplary contribution to his profession, national level of prominence, and exceptional integrity. He resides in New York City and Washington, D.C.

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