Meredith Elaine Baker
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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