Meredith Elaine Baker

Ninety years of existence is a tremendous achievement. It may be a lifespan for some blessed humans, but for organizations, it is rather unusual. The Long Island Choral Society was founded at the Cathedral of the Incarnation by Maurice Garabrant to present masterworks to the Long Island audience in a magnificent space.

IIn 1929, people sang together in social gatherings. The Metropolitan Opera was over forty years old by then, and the arts were adored and enjoyed by many. By the 20’s Long Island had begun the transformation from farms and forests into the suburbs.

Now we can hardly imagine how far we have come, but our developments have taken many from being participants in the choral arts to generations that rarely go beyond pushing a “play” button.

Every singer in The Long Island Choral Society is indispensable to our operation. Our singers are teachers, doctors, nurses, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers. Some are professional musicians, many are not. But they all share the conviction that singing together is good for their souls. Our audience is also a special portion of the population. You may know a singer, or you enjoy the repertoire we choose to perform. Without our audience and sponsors we could not continue.

This season we are dedicating our concerts to three remarkable composers: Brahms, Handel and Bach. In November we will present the Abentlied and Requiem by Johannes Brahms. December always features Messiah, Part I, but rather than carols, I’ve chosen to begin with Bach’s Cantata 140, Wachet Auf. 2019 is the official 90th anniversary of our founding, and who better to represent the marriage of instruments and voices than Johann Sebastian Bach with our performance of his Magnificat in April. We will also present our Young Artist Competition Winner and add in some additional Choral Repertoire.

You are invited to celebrate this season with us! Please tell your friends, relatives and neighbors about our concerts. Make our tradition part of your family’s tradition. Come see why The Long Island Choral Society has carried on for ninety years, and help us begin our second ninety!


Meredith Elaine Baker
Conductor

 

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