Along with performing arts groups across the country and around the world, Cerddorion has regretfully suspended all live events until next season. How poignant, that in this moment when people acutely need the arts to heal and connect us, we must forgo being together in person.
Calling off our March and June programs was especially difficult because this started out as “A Season of Celebration,” marking Cerddorion’s 25th year. Still, we are staying focused on the many things we have to celebrate. We’re thrilled that we could revise our 2020-21 programming to include both the concerts we had to postpone. (We get to stretch our birthday festivities into 2021!)
More cause for celebration: The centerpiece of our special year — Purcell’s magnificent Dido and Aeneas — will go ahead exactly as envisioned, just on later dates. (See details below.)
Of all the things we’re grateful for, among the most important is our cherished audience. We know you share our belief that music brings beauty and meaning into people’s lives. From all of us in Cerddorion, we hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and well. Thank you for being part of our family.
Celebrating Our Singers, Past and Present: Dido and Aeneas
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 8pm
Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 8pm
Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church
152 W. 66th Street, Manhattan
For our fully-staged production of Purcell’s magnificent opera, we are delighted to be collaborating with one of our favorite artistic partners through the years: Stage director-choreographer Christopher Caines will create a production that will delight the eye as well as the ear. The production features guest artists from his company, Christopher Caines Dance; professional theatrical lighting and costume design; and an ensemble of New York’s finest early music instrumentalists. We’re calling this concert “Celebrating Our Singers, Past and Present” because former Cerddorion singers from throughout our 25-year history will join the cast in both principal and supporting roles.
ALSO IN 2020-21 (dates and venues TBD):
Celebrating Our Commitment to New Music
A program of music composed by and about women, in celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment. Featuring the world premiere of Arise, commissioned by Cerddorion from the New York composer Sidney Boquiren.
[Earlier this season:]
Celebrating Our Audience: A Cornucopia of Fan Favorites
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 8 pm ◊ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 3 pm ◊ St. Ignatius of Antioch, Manhattan
Our year of celebration began with best-loved selections from Cerddorion’s entire repertoire—chosen by YOU, our cherished audience. This gorgeous program featured works by Josquin, Victoria, Monteverdi, Brahms, Britten, Poulenc, Lang, and others.
Celebrating Collaboration: The Book of Rounds
Cerddorion was thrilled to present the New York premiere of The Book of Rounds: 21 Songs of Grace. Written by lyricist Julie Flanders and composer Emil Adler (founders of the acclaimed band and recording artist October Project) and arranged by Keiji Ishiguri, this song cycle bridges pop, classical, and choral music. For this collaborative venture, Cerddorion gathered some 90 singers — including the Queens College Vocal Ensemble and two youth choruses from the Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School: Vox Nova Boys Choir and 5th Grade Choir (Emily John, Director).